Can Yeginsu is a barrister specializing in constitutional law, human rights law, and commercial law, based in 4 New Square Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. He is co-writing a book on the protection of religious rights in courts around the world.
On September 12, fifty-eight percent of the Turkish people voted in favor of amending their country’s constitution. The international community, including the European Union and the United States, has endorsed the result as a victory for democracy in Turkey. However well-intentioned, that optimism rests, I fear, on a fundamental misunderstanding of what was truly at issue in that vote. To explain, let me turn to an unlikely starting point: the New Deal and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.