According to Sharansky … the world is divided between free societies and fear societies. Fear societies … must create outside enemies to ensure the loyalty and cooperation of the masses. Hence, if the free societies want to live in a world of peace without the threat of terror hanging over them, they must turn the fear societies into free societies. Those who compromise on this suffer from a lack of moral clarity.
Sharansky's definition of a "fear society" fits haredi society almost perfectly. If Jewish "free society" – those who seek truth over comfort and spin – is to survive, we must bring "democracy" to the haredi world. Those who compromise by covering for gedolim who act inappropriately – as in the Rabbi Slifkin Book Ban, for example – including those afraid to stand up and be publicly counted, "suffer from a lack of moral clarity." That many who suffer from this lack of moral clarity are rabbis and roshei yeshiva, including many at YU, does not bode well for the future of Judaism.