Category: Privatising 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

Restore trust by letting the voters see who is paying the piper, in real time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Morrison’s Miracle Maker: Scotty’s God is back to tip Democracy on its head again and Scott is bringing politics to church. However not like the Latin American church once brought Religion to politics.

In 2019 a billionaire spent $83.6 million to influence a federal election. Why in 2022 is our democracy still for sale? States and territories have introduced caps on political donations and campaign expenditure to prevent such tilting of the electoral playing field. But Clive Palmer is doing it again and the federal government has done nothing to prevent it.

Source: Restore trust by letting the voters see who is paying the piper, in real time – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

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

Republicans are trying to get the supreme court to overturn democracy itself | US elections 2020 | The Guardian

‘The fact that so many Republicans are going along with this authoritarian and undemocratic charade is clarifying, if depressing.’

This is extraordinary: a group of Republicans are asking the court to disenfranchise millions of Americans, just so their guy can stay put

Republicans are trying to get the supreme court to overturn democracy itself | US elections 2020 | The Guardian

Volatile Trump joining Putin’s strongman club a threat to global institutions

Donald Trump is enjoying a political bromance with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Digitally altered image.

Washington: Now, that’s how to run an exclusive club. At Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in Florida, there’s a ceiling on membership and newcomers get a look-over only on the recommendation of a current member.

Source: Volatile Trump joining Putin’s strongman club a threat to global institutions

“Power is being shifted from the many to the few”: Report exposes scope of the 1 percent’s attack on democracy – Salon.com

Big government talk aside, the 1 percent’s real victim is democracy itself, Democracy Initiative experts tell Salon

Source: “Power is being shifted from the many to the few”: Report exposes scope of the 1 percent’s attack on democracy – Salon.com

Kochh Brothers Exposed: Murdoch’s heros and his model of influence

 

The Kochs are longtime libertarians who believe in drastically lower personal and corporate taxes, minimal social services for the needy, and much less oversight of industry—especially environmental regulation. These views dovetail with the brothers’ corporate interests. In a study released this spring, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst’s Political Economy Research Institute named Koch Industries one of the top ten air polluters in the United States. And Greenpeace issued a report identifying the company as a “kingpin of climate science denial.” The report showed that, from 2005 to 2008, the Kochs vastly outdid ExxonMobil in giving money to organizations fighting legislation related to climate change, underwriting a huge network of foundations, think tanks, and political front groups. Indeed, the brothers have funded opposition campaigns against so many Obama Administration policies—from health-care reform to the economic-stimulus program—that, in political circles, their ideological network is known as the Kochtopus. – See more at: http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2010/08/how-can-we-boycott-murdoch-koch-brothers-businessesthey-support-tea-party-fox#sthash.zXI7CaDr.dpuf

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