The End of Justice? Extreme Presidential Immunity and the Erosion of the Rule of Law Challenge the World’s Core Values

United States Today: A Threat to Democratic Ideals and Its Impact on Minorities

A Dangerous Legal Precedent Threatens the Future of the World

Juan Álvarez
The Intersubjectivist
3 min readJul 2, 2024


Image: Juan Álvarez, Creative Leader with 28+ years of experience in storytelling and over 50 published books. Specialist in disruptive thinking with a social impact. My passion is to tell stories that inspire and change the world.

The founding of republics in America during the 18th and 19th centuries was a crucial milestone for global democracy. Inspired by the principles of liberty, equality, and popular representation, nations like the United States sowed the seeds of self-determination and served as strongholds for democratic movements worldwide. However, today, the United States faces a crisis that erodes these very ideals, impacting minorities first and inevitably affecting the entire population.

Extreme Presidential Immunity

The recent Supreme Court ruling granting absolute immunity to the president sets an alarming precedent. This decision allows a president to commit extreme acts, including serious crimes, without fear of repercussions while in office and even after leaving it. This level of impunity undermines the accountability essential for any democracy, opening the door to unchecked abuses of power.

Erosion of the Rule of Law

Allowing a president to use the law as a tool of personal power undermines the fundamental principle that the law should limit the ruler’s power. This could lead to a more authoritarian and less accountable government, straying from the ideals of equality and justice that have inspired democracies worldwide.

Threat to Democratic Institutions

This ruling could enable future presidents to use institutions like the Department of Justice to persecute political rivals without fear of legal consequences, eroding fairness and justice in the political system. This corrupt use of power threatens to destroy the foundations of a functional democracy.

Influence on the Electoral Process

If a president can manipulate laws and institutions to their advantage without consequences, it could severely affect the fairness of elections. The manipulation of executive power could influence electoral outcomes, undermining public trust in the democratic process and threatening the very essence of self-determination.

Change in Political Culture

This precedent may foster a political culture where future leaders see the abuse of power as permissible and normal, as long as they can justify it as an official act. This cultural shift weakens democratic and ethical norms, corrupting the values historically defended by American republics.

Impact on Minorities

Minorities will be the first to feel the impact of this erosion of democratic ideals. Historically, when rights are weakened, minorities suffer disproportionately. The recent anti-abortion laws in the United States are a clear example of how government policies can restrict the rights of women, especially those of low income and racial minorities.

Rollback of Reproductive Rights

The new anti-abortion laws in the United States not only represent an attack on women’s reproductive rights but also set a dangerous precedent that could limit other fundamental freedoms. By denying women control over their own bodies, these laws open the door to greater restrictions on their autonomy and mobility.

Disproportionate Impact

These laws disproportionately affect low-income women, women of color, and those living in rural areas. These women already face significant barriers to accessing healthcare, and these laws only worsen the situation, putting their health and lives at risk.

Parallels with Afghanistan

Although the historical and cultural contexts of the United States and Afghanistan are very different, there are concerning parallels in the restrictions faced by women in both countries today. The limitation of reproductive rights and bodily autonomy in the United States is reminiscent of the restrictions imposed on Afghan women under the Taliban regime.

The deterioration of democratic principles in the United States, evidenced by the recent jurisprudence granting extreme presidential impunity and the systematic erosion of the rule of law, represents a serious threat not only to the well-being of minorities within the country but also to global democracy, especially in Latin America. Latin American politicians, historically inspired by American democratic ideals, are now influenced by the regressive trends emerging in North American politics. This influence not only puts at risk the fundamental freedoms many of us take for granted but also sets a dangerous precedent for the deterioration of democratic systems in our own countries.

In this context, it is imperative that we recognize and confront these threats, reaffirming our commitment to democratic principles and working to protect our freedoms at a time when these ideals are in danger, both in the North and the South of the continent.



Juan Álvarez
The Intersubjectivist

Autor, filósofo y especialista en narrativa, creatividad, pensamiento disruptivo, y líder en servicios creativos. Story-Coach, guionista y marketer digital.