Financial TimesFinancial Times

The rule of law is in more trouble than democracy

By Janan Ganesh

29 Aug 2023 · 3 min read

Had Donald Trump “found” those extra ballots in 2020, do we think the 81mn Americans who voted for Joe Biden would have shrugged and moved on? Or that federal civil servants would have carried out the executive orders of the loiterer in the White House? Or that allied nations would have treated him as the rightful US leader, in defiance of Democratic complaints (and, no doubt, warnings about future diplomatic relations)?

Some, perhaps. But even if a substantial minority of each of these groups had protested or withheld their co-operation, it would have been paralysing for the administration.

Sign in to informed

  • Curated articles from premium publishers, ad-free
  • Concise Daily Briefs with quick-read summaries
  • Read, listen, save for later, or enjoy offline
  • Enjoy personalized content
Or

By continuing, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.