The Dangers of a Value-Based Democracy Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

The Dangers of a Value-Based Democracy

No one denies the need for upstanding leadership, but moral arguments are being hijacked to threaten true democracy

Some say that the shift from a law-based democracy to a value-based democracy originated in the 1920s, specifically during the trial of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti. To recap, the two were sentenced to death and eventually executed by electric chair after being convicted of murdering two people during an armed robbery that took place in April 1920. What should have been a criminal case, however, quickly became a political issue after the two claimed their only “crime” was their adherence to an anarchist worldview. The Sacco-Vanzetti trial became a battleground of morality between conservatives and liberals, and attracted widespread…