Sujit Choudhry’s Views on Modern Democracy

Sujit Choudhry is an internationally respected man whom has deep knowledge of the political landscape. His knowledge on constitutional design is truly second to none in the international community. He is most known for his writing on Canadian constitutional law, see also his ( In his upcoming book “Constitutional Democracies in Crisis?”, Sujit Choudhry looks at the recent situation in the United States of America. In a recent article on the website Release Fact, Sujit Choudhry talks about the current state of democracy in today’s political world.

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The basis for Sujit Choudhry’s argument is a tweet made by former attorney general Eric Holder last winter. It mentions how President Trump firing Bob Muller would be the absolute red line he must never cross. This idea is based on two concepts of Democracy that you can check on The first being an invisible “Red line”, a constitutional boundary that must never be crossed. The other is the power of the people, whom will be charge to determine consequences if the red line threshold is crossed. The idea of this constitutional self-enforcement surprises Sujit Choudhry, since the attorney general did not mention any legal action.

The article goes on to describe the idea of democratic backsliding. This is when an elected official begins to bend the system to suit their needs. Unlike in the previous eras with coup d’états and autogolpes, this process is done with entirely legal means. He cites an example with Weimar Germany. A country that was captured from the inside, and then forcefully changed. This threat to democracy is ever present in our rapidly changing everyday world.

There are few men as talented as Sujit Choudhry in the international community. His comments regarding President Trump’s recent actions should be taken to heart ( democracy is only as good as the citizens running it. Negligence can lead a country on the path of democratic backsliding. Sujit is a well-versed individual on the constitutional process, and will continue to be guiding force for countries well into the future.

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