Category: Democracy

MAGA Makes the Pilgrimage to Authoritarian Hungary – Mother Jones

The Orban approach to the Autocratic takeover of Democracy and it’s here!

But describing Orbán as an authoritarian doesn’t fully capture the threat he poses. What truly concerns political scientists and democracy advocates isn’t just that he’s established control over the state apparatus, but that his mode of governance has proven enduringly popular among many Hungarians. Indeed, his base of support in the rural countryside has driven him to four consecutive electoral victories, despite growing evidence of corruption and economic stagnation. If the American right does eventually follow Orbán’s advice, mixing redistributive economic policies, voter suppression, and all-out culture war on marginalized groups in ways that prove broadly popular, we’re in deep trouble.

In fact, there’s a good chance that we’re basically there already.

Source: MAGA Makes the Pilgrimage to Authoritarian Hungary – Mother Jones

Democracy for sale: let’s stop this Americanising of our election campaigns

Democracy for sale? Some local campaigns are running into the millions of dollars.

Which Party wants the Americanisation of our Democracy?

Free speech is a value and a practice worth fighting for, but so is truthfulness.

one of the crucial ingredients in determining who will run the country – is subject to less accountability than the vast range of consumer products that are the staple of commercial advertising. Why should the United Australia Party be allowed to tell us it will cap interest rates at 3 per cent? In the same breath the UAP tells us Craig Kelly will be the next prime minister. Slogans, jingles, unsubstantiated claims and undeliverable promises epitomise the tsunami of mainly tacky advertising.

Source: Democracy for sale: let’s stop this Americanising of our election campaigns

Democracy in decline: Australia’s slide into ‘competitive authoritarianism’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Australia is at a critical point. A government that would cling to power to impose unpopular policy threatens the very nature of our democracy.

It is common to refer to countries that were “consolidated democracies” as corroding to “illiberal democracies”. Hungary is the most notable example. If, however, the term “competitive authoritarianism” is employed to describe regimes instead, it becomes clear that the danger for Australia is just as strong as it is for the USA and the UK, as well as for Hungary.

Source: Democracy in decline: Australia’s slide into ‘competitive authoritarianism’ – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Overturning Roe v. Wade Shows the Right Has Nothing but Contempt for Democracy

ISIS has been REPLCED by yet another sort of terror vying for a medieval state the CHRISTIAN RIGHT

The Right in the US has long been a brazenly antidemocratic force. The latest example is the apparent decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — contrary to the wishes of the vast majority of the population and the individual rights of millions of people.

Source: Overturning Roe v. Wade Shows the Right Has Nothing but Contempt for Democracy

‘A Crime Against Democracy Itself’: Zelenskyy Condemns Russia for Abducting Mayor

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The CSFR was handed over to Hitler pre WW2. Is Ukraine ready to be donated to Putin by the West. It appears all dictators know they can get away with it. It’s this behaviour that allowed Trump to constantly avoid the consequences of his actions too along with Nth Korea, Saudi Arabia, Israel and even the US while the world watches.

“They have moved to a new stage of terror in which they are trying to physically eliminate representatives of legitimate local Ukrainian authorities,” said the Ukrainian president.

Source: ‘A Crime Against Democracy Itself’: Zelenskyy Condemns Russia for Abducting Mayor

Revulsion Against Billionaire Wealth Isn’t About “Envy.” It’s About Democracy.

Rotterdam has been forced to walk back the dismantling of a historic bridge to make way for Jeff Bezos’s superyacht. But the incident is a reminder that billionaires’ obscene wealth isn’t just about hoarding resources — it’s also about undermining democracy.

Source: Revulsion Against Billionaire Wealth Isn’t About “Envy.” It’s About Democracy.

Fake democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

In the meantime even Biden wants Assange jailed

Leaders from “approximately 110 countries were invited to take part in” President Biden’s two-day Summit for Democracy. The complete list of participating countries can be found here. You’ll notice that Australia attended (represented by Prime Minister Prime Minister Scott Morrison), which I will get to shortly. President Biden focused on a few issues, including “election integrity, countering authoritarian regimes and bolstering independent media.”

Consider this: Australia’s Fake Democracy

Amendments to the Federal Treasurer’s media bargaining code will be tabled in the New Year.

In a nutshell, if passed, it will mean that in Australia, Facebook and Google can only publish articles from the Murdoch media, Kerry Stokes media, and Fairfax/Channel 9.

Basically, it will be ensure that the voices of independent (or dissenting) media is muffled in the lead up to the next election.

Consider also, that the largest media empire in Australia, the Murdoch media, do absolutely nothing to hold the Morrison government to account. If anything, they seem to behave like the government’s mouthpiece.

The two considerations above should disqualify us from calling ourselves true democracy.

 

Source: Fake democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The End of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? The New Authoritarians in the Mideast and Eastern Europe

The free media in Russia is suppressed and civil society is monitored for security by laws and regulations. In Hungary, human rights organisations are delegitimised and those following the laws and regulations are persecuted, and in Belarus, President Lukashenko dismisses university professors and public servants according to political whims because laws and regulations enable him to do so. In the Arab countries, there are choppy seas of authoritarian actions of rulers and governments whose only concern is the subjugation of citizens, managing society and controlling public space.

Source: The End of Democracy’s Fourth Wave? The New Authoritarians in the Mideast and Eastern Europe

Voter ID and dead cats – » The Australian Independent Media Network

To call Voter ID changes a “dead moggie” is very dangerous. Russian roulette was once called fun too until it wasn’t. That Idea is like the one thrown about decades ago, that the ABC was an unnecessary taxpayer burden and should be sold off. That grew to become LNP’s bullshit slogan  of “No Cuts to the ABC” in 2013 to 8 years of razor slices called by Treasurer Morrison “Efficiency Reviews”. A slip sliding of language which was a concerted effort to bring the “dead moggie” to life and “rid us of the ABC”. That LNP ideal outcome is now accepted as a normal LNP platform and practice and will continue to be forever more.

Changes to universal franchisement and compulsory voting can easily go the same way.  Yes, just another distraction, a “dead cat” that there really is no need for our Compulsory Voting system isn’t a hypothetical. Dead Cats have a habit of coming to life in the hands of the LNP,to become a normal part of our political ecosystem, labeled as “just debate” Beware!!

People that live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones. James McGrath is correct to a point when he suggested that politicians don’t have a good reputation. Demonstrably it has nothing to do with the election process but more to do with actions the politicians are alleged to take during the political parties’ pre-selection processes or after election. Is it too cynical to suggest that the sudden legislation requiring voters to provide identification prior to voting is Morrison’s version of Boris Johnson’s ‘dead cat strategy’ where a dramatic or sensational topic is introduced to a discussion, solely to distract attention from the inconvenient truth? What do you think?

Source: Voter ID and dead cats – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Supreme Court Ruling Delivers ‘Dark, Dark Day for Democracy’ | Common Dreams News

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“We are now on a clear path to enshrining a constitutional right to anonymous spending in our democracy, and securing an upper hand for dark-money influence in perpetuity.”

Source: Supreme Court Ruling Delivers ‘Dark, Dark Day for Democracy’ | Common Dreams News

Republican State Legislatures Are Winning Their War On American Democracy | HuffPost

A Virtually Unprecedented Effort’ To Suppress The Vote Republican legislatures in 14 states have already passed 23 laws that placed new restrictions on voting, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. Another 60 restrictive bills are moving through legislatures in 18 states, according to the Brennan Center’s legislative tracker. At the current pace, the U.S. will have more new voter suppression laws than in any year since 2011, when a rash of new voter ID provisions went onto the books.

Source: Republican State Legislatures Are Winning Their War On American Democracy | HuffPost

After Donald Trump, is American democracy out of the woods?

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Yes: While there is some shoring up to do, democratic institutions held, which bodes well for other advanced democracies like Australia. No: The Republican Party is the party of Trump and its frontal assault on democracy rolls on and on.

Source: After Donald Trump, is American democracy out of the woods?

Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style “managed” democracy | Salon.com

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Utilizing Putin’s playbook, Republicans make a mockery of free and fair elections. Putin, for his part, falsified election results and “managed” the electoral process by limiting who – and which parties – could actually stand for elections.

In contrast, U.S. Republicans do their “managing” a bit more obscurely, but even more harmfully for the whole idea of democracy. They are actively engaged in a campaign to disenfranchise voters from ethnicities and geographies that are not promising “hunting grounds” for the Republicans.

Source: Why U.S. Republicans are now adopting Putin-style “managed” democracy | Salon.com

The Solution to Labor Exploitation Is Workplace Democracy

At the very heart of our capitalist economic system is something grotesque: labor exploitation. That’s immoral — and we need some form of workplace democracy to undo it.

Source: The Solution to Labor Exploitation Is Workplace Democracy

Democracy Is Good, Actually

There are moments when even the most committed of democrats find themselves despairing of political democracy. But the system has proven again and again to be the last best hope of ordinary people in defending their pursuit of happiness against tyrants of all stripes — both public and private.

Democracy Is Good, Actually

Australian media policy: of the mates, by the mates, for the mates

The broad principle that Democracy needs to regulate private corporations is correct despite whose interests the LNP are working for in this instance Murdoch’s. Even if the broader principle is right but the specific case distasteful Democracy needs to be supported. The war against Murdoch, the LNP and the IPA needs to be attended to in another arena fuck it.

The news media bargaining code is part of the grand tradition of media policy being run in the interests of media proprietors — and with no heed given to the public benefit.

Australian media policy: of the mates, by the mates, for the mates

The “For the People Act” Would Make America a Democracy

The “For the People Act” Would Make America a Democracy
Temporary security fencing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. President-elect Joe Biden is set to arrive in Washington on Tuesday, the eve of his inauguration, with the usual backdrop of celebrations and political comity replaced by a military lockdown. Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Without such a law empowering democracy, it’s unlikely any of that will ever happen. And the Democratic majority in the House will almost certainly be extinguished in the 2022 midterms, blocking the bill for the foreseeable future. It’s difficult to believe, based on its lamentable history of squabbling and in-fighting, that the Democratic Party will manage to hang together and pass a significant bill that’s both in their own obvious self-interest and in that of the country. But stranger things have happened, such as the fact that the For the People Act has gotten this far in the first place.

The “For the People Act” Would Make America a Democracy

America’s Transition Away from Democracy and the World’s Wave of De-Democratization

The US is wealthy per capita, so it should have a high chance of continuing to transit to more democracy, not less. So why is the place falling apart? Well, I called the system capitalist democracy, and that is increasingly a contradiction. American capitalism is unhealthily dominated by monopolies and is marching toward a world of billionaires on the one hand and of workers barely making it on the other. Economic insecurity has increased, which is associated with heightened racism as ethnic groups feel they are competing for a shrinking pie. Remember I said that in 2014 the losers in Libya’s election refused to go home or to acknowledge the rules of the game? And I said that then Libya fell into civil war? And now I am saying that in 2021 a substantial section of the Republican Party doesn’t want to go home after losing and also does not agree on the rules of the game? You do the math.

America’s Transition Away from Democracy and the World’s Wave of De-Democratization

Democracy or the white supremacist mob: which side is the Republican party on? | Donald Trump | The Guardian

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Next week Republicans in Washington have one more chance to turn their backs on fascism. They could reject the laughable claims from Trump’s lawyers that he was merely exercising his free speech rights by telling his mob to march on Congress and fight like hell. Apparently such conduct does not constitute incitement to riot, because the word “incitement” has lost all relationship to reality. Nobody expects Republican senators to vote in enough numbers to convict Trump of the obvious charges that played out on television. Nobody expects enough of them to reject the violent overthrow of the democracy that put them in the Senate. They represent, to use Bush’s language, a hostile regime inside the nation’s capital. Until Republicans split with the insurrectionists – by ejecting them from their party or forming their own – democracy itself is unsafe.

Democracy or the white supremacist mob: which side is the Republican party on? | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about “Democracy Promotion”

These precautions are eminently sensible, given the threat of right-wing violence. And the last thing the new administration wants on its first day of office is to hold a very visible super-spreader event in the nation’s capital. But it’s not a good look for American democracy when the peaceful handover of power has the appearance of a banana republic installing a tinpot dictator—or resembles the America of 1861, for that matter, when a huge security presence at Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration presaged the outbreak of civil war.

Maybe now the U.S. should stop talking down to the World about “Democracy Promotion”

‘A Big Deal’: Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United | Common Dreams News

Attendees hold signs as they listen to speakers during a rally calling for an end to corporate money in politics and to mark the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, at Lafayette Square near the White House, January 21, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

We cannot allow the wealthiest individuals and corporations to flood our elections with cash through complex webs of super PACs and dark money groups that put special interests above the will of the American people.”

‘A Big Deal’: Lawmakers Reintroduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United | Common Dreams News

Lobbyland: ten lobbyists for every MP has democracy on life support – Michael West

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The resources industry donated $136.8 million over two decades to Australian political parties. Donations buy a lot of influence, with research showing that for every US$1 spent, the return on investment can be as high as US$220. In return, public policy is routinely moulded to suit the highest corporate bidders and their lobbyists. Adam Lucas investigates.

Lobbyland: ten lobbyists for every MP has democracy on life support – Michael West

The Pandemic Has Exposed the Free Market’s Fundamental Flaws. We Need a Democratically Planned Economy.

The Pandemic Has Exposed the Free Market’s Fundamental Flaws. We Need a Democratically Planned Economy. By Hadas Thier As COVID-19 cases skyrocket again, hospitals remain understaffed and PPE and ventilators are still in short supply. We can’t leave people’s basic needs up to the whims of profit-seeking actors — we need democratic planning.

The Pandemic Has Exposed the Free Market’s Fundamental Flaws. We Need a Democratically Planned Economy.

ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color | The Smirking Chimp

English speaking governments backed by Murdoch media have broken International Laws Human Rights Laws and diminished the meaning of Democracy faster than in any time since WW2

via ICE Raids, Asylum Seekers and the Othering of People of Color | The Smirking Chimp

The Truth About Islam and Democracy

Hundreds of millions of Muslims the world over live in democracies of some shape or form, from Indonesia to Malaysia to Pakistan to Lebanon to Tunisia to Turkey. Tens of millions of Muslims live in — and participate in — Western democratic societies. The country that is on course to have the biggest Muslim population in the world in the next couple of decades is India, which also happens to be the world’s biggest democracy. Yet a narrative persists, particularly in the West, that Islam and democracy are incompatible. Islam is often associated with dictatorship, totalitarianism, and a lack of freedom, and many analysts and pundits claim that Muslims are philosophically opposed to the idea of democracy. On this week’s show, Mehdi Hasan is joined by the man expected to become Malaysia’s next prime minister, Anwar Ibrahim, and by Dalia Mogahed, director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, to discuss Islam, Muslims, and democracy.

via The Truth About Islam and Democracy

Where Does Truth Fit into Democracy? | The Nation

This is, admittedly, a project fraught with peril. The line between enhanced rules and regulations for communication and the repressive abridgment of free speech can all too easily be transgressed, especially when the power to regulate falls into the wrong hands. In addition, such projects can easily backfire, as increasing regulation feeds conspiracy theories about government control and makes it easier than ever for populist firebrands to depict mainstream reporting and opinion as “fake news.” In the end, the most effective way to address the problem is to restrain the economic power of the companies and interests that profit most directly from populist attacks on epistemological authority, as well as the underlying distributions of power that have led to the current popular discontent.

But even as progressive forces work toward this long-term goal, Rush Limbaugh and Fox News are not about to start moderating their opinions, and Facebook and Twitter are unlikely to do much to regulate themselves, no matter how much earnest criticism they receive in The New York Times. It is also time to start serious discussions about how to keep the immensely powerful communications forces unleashed in the past generation from immeasurably harming the public good. These are discussions to be entered into carefully, judiciously, moderately. But they are important to have. Far more important, it might be added, than placing bets on when Donald Trump hits the 10,000th lie of his presidency.

via Where Does Truth Fit into Democracy? | The Nation

Outgoing Republican Governor strips power from Democrat who beat him

The New Democracy “Fuck the People” The Napthine Government was way earlier than Scott Walker. They signed contracts before the freeway vote amd the LNP has still witheld $3 Bill in a blackmail tactic trying to get the Victorian electorate to vote their way. The effects of those tactics Victorians are still paying for. Walker has taken it on step further he’s pushing through bills after the election results are known. (ODT)

Outgoing Republican Governor strips power from Democrat who beat him

Greek cleaning lady jailed for 10 years for faking diploma

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The Foundation of Democracy and our Justice System (ODT)

A Greek cleaning lady has been sentenced to 10 years in jail for fibbing about her elementary school record in a court ruling which has provoked uproar in the country.

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Malaysia and Indonesia are bucking the global trend on democracy | Indonesia | Al Jazeera

Supporters of Mahathir Mohamad are seen outside the National Palace, a day after the general election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on May 10, 2018 [File: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters]

 

Much of the world may be having its doubts about democracy. Even in the Asia Pacific’s veteran democracy Australia, a recent poll showed that a third of the population favoured an authoritarian or “strongman” type leader. But in the Muslim Malay world, it looks like democracy is here to stay.

Source: Malaysia and Indonesia are bucking the global trend on democracy | Indonesia | Al Jazeera

Beth Noveck on how open data and direct democracy could restore our faith in politics – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Beth Noveck on how open data and direct democracy could restore our faith in politics – Politics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Disinformation destroys democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

The internet is both wonderful and wicked.  The world’s combined knowledge is at our fingertips, as is its debauchery.  It is so much easier to find things out and so much harder to sort out the truth from the lies. We tend to live in echo chambers, seeking out the information that confirms our world…

Source: Disinformation destroys democracy – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Dethroning The Oligarchs: How We Can Reclaim Our Democracy – New Matilda

OPINION: Yesterday, Liam McLoughlin exposed the oligarchs. Today, he’s trying to get rid of them.  They will endure poverty, servitude, barbarism – but they will not endure aristocracy. -French political theorist Alexis De Tocqueville writing about democratic communities. Australian politics is now a contest between Malcolm Turnbull and Bill Shorten over who does the bestMore

Source: Dethroning The Oligarchs: How We Can Reclaim Our Democracy – New Matilda

The “Democracy” of Billionaires & the Most Expensive Election ever Bought (Except for Bernie Sanders) | Informed Comment

By Nomi Prins | (Tomdispatch.com) | – – Speaking of the need for citizen participation in our national politics in …

Source: The “Democracy” of Billionaires & the Most Expensive Election ever Bought (Except for Bernie Sanders) | Informed Comment