Is it possible to retain a liberal democracy* without an independent judiciary? That's the question behind huge protests in Israel over the last two weeks. Earlier this week, for example, an estimated 100,000 protestors took to the streets in Jerusalem to demonstrate against the government's plan to allow the legislature to void decisions of the country's supreme court. But for other Israelis, the judiciary is seen as subverting the will of the voters by overturning laws passed by the legislature. (*In political science, a "liberal" democracy is one that respects civil liberties, not one that espouses progressive values.) www.nytimes.com/2023/02/13/world/middleeast/israel-judicial-protests-netanyahu.html
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