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Herodotus isonomia

Dag Herbjørnsrud
Former editor of MODERN TIMES. Now head of the Center for Global and Comparative History of Ideas.
ISONOMIA: Herodotus has the earliest, if not the most beautiful, description of good government, isonomia

Some of the same lessons mentioned in the main article, we can take with us from the latest edition of the democracy index to The Economist Group – published by The Economist. Apart from the Nordic countries and Ireland, only two countries in the world will now in 2021 be defined as full-fledged democracies (then in the sense of something completely different than democracy in Athens): namely New Zealand and Canada.

But even these do not necessarily ensure equality before the law for the most vulnerable. Just look at what the parliament in the country at the top of the list, Norway, did on April 27 this year: Then the parliamentary majority passed a bill that makes all children who flee alone to Norway, and who are between 15 and 18 years old, get a worse care services than other children (sic!). The most vulnerable among us will not be protected by the child welfare service, but by law they will now instead be controlled by the Immigration Appeals Board (UNE). As Save the Children points out: «It violates children's rights and is not in line with the Constitution's prohibition of unjustified discrimination. "

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