Its report, Freedom in the World 2015 — Discarding Democracy: the Return of the Iron Fist, found a resurgence of strongman autocratic leaders, an erosion of civil liberties and rule of law.
Freedom House concluded democracy was “under greater threat than at any point in the last 25 years”.
Since then, two more events have shaken global politics: Brexit and the Trump presidency.
As Goodhart puts it: “We are in a border war between nationalists, mainly on the right, and multicultural globalists mainly on the left.”
We are one of the shining lights in a pall of gloom. Compulsory voting is a critical factor in our favour; it inoculates us against some of the voter apathy or extremism of other countries.
Last year, the OECD economic survey of Australia found “inclusiveness has been eroded”. The earnings of the top households grew by more than 40 per cent between 2004 and 2014: the lowest by 25 per cent.