Tag: Democracy

As the world turned to shit, the Coalition turned to religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If this didn’t tell you what Morrison and the Pentecostalists were intent on doing then nothing will. They wanted the end to the separation of powers, go the way of Israel and turn Australia into an Apartheid White Christian State. More so they were intent on doing it by stealth. It’s why the religious discrimination bill was their priority if they had won the election.

With all that’s going on in the world – a pointless war, a global pandemic, rampant global heating leading to increasingly severe and compounding natural disasters, superpowers competing over our region, soaring cost of living, rising inflation, unaffordable housing, poverty, social unrest – the last government spent its dying days fighting for a religious discrimination bill we didn’t need and arguing over trans women playing sport.

Source: As the world turned to shit, the Coalition turned to religion – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Counting down … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day You cannot possibly believe in democracy if at the same time you think your party is the only one that should ever win. ( John Lord )

Source: Counting down … – » The Australian Independent Media Network

As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?

Newscorp ( Murdoch) wants Australian Media Americanised. It’s how it made it’s profit. It wants the UK media well done burnt to the ground and the BBC gone like the ABC  too.

What does a democracy do when a dominant news media organisation goes rogue during an election campaign?

In 2022, News Corporation is confronting Australia with this question once again, as it did in 2019, 2016 and 2013, and as it did in the United States in 2016 and 2020.

“Going rogue” here means abandoning any attempt at fulfilling one of the media’s primary obligations to a democratic society — the provision of truthful news coverage — and instead becoming a truth-distorting propagandist for one side.

The evidence that News Corp has gone rogue during the current federal election is plentiful. It can be seen every morning in its newspapers across the country, and every evening on Sky News after dark.

A sample of its election coverage over the period April 27 to May 2 makes the case.

Source: As News Corp goes ‘rogue’ on election coverage, what price will Australian democracy pay?

BREAKING: Elon Musk to Buy Twitter – Mother Jones

Here comes Trump

With over 82 million followers, Musk has been a prolific Twitter user and a sharp critic of its use of content moderation, saying that he favors temporary suspensions over permanent bans. It remains unclear what changes, technical or philosophical, Musk’s stewardship will bring to the platform. In interviews, he’s floated a series of potential ideas, including installing an edit button, allowing for longer tweets, culling bots, and making Twitter’s algorithm open source.

Source: BREAKING: Elon Musk to Buy Twitter – Mother Jones

Congress must act now to fix Insurrection Act before Trump returns to power: former FBI official – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

Congress must act now to fix Insurrection Act before Trump returns to power: former FBI official

“Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill, a member of the Select Committee, characterized the January 6 attack on our democracy as a “dry run” – implying it could happen again – perhaps successfully. It will happen again – unless we put mechanisms in place to constrain a corrupt president from exploiting the absolute power presently conveyed by the Insurrection Act. That change needs to happen now – before yet another authoritarian – or even the same one – tries another Jan. 6 and succeeds,” he argued.

Source: Congress must act now to fix Insurrection Act before Trump returns to power: former FBI official – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism

How the Communist Party of Australia Built a Mass Movement

The very notion of Democracy and the Separation of Powers lead to a Godless State. However, Scott Morrison believes he was chosen to correct that. He believes he’s more than a member of an elected government but a member of God’s “elect” born to rule and that’s why he’s neither a liar nor a bully. He’s simply right!!

For much of the twentieth century, communism was a global movement, with branches in almost every nation, that sought to do away with the present state of things. It demanded and inspired unswerving loyalty from its members, who built a counterculture embracing almost every aspect of their lives. In this way, communist parties were unlike typical bourgeois parties, who extend politics only to elections and stakeholder management.

Source: How the Communist Party of Australia Built a Mass Movement

Texas Voting Restrictions Take Their Toll: “Sorry — No Democrat Voting”

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America’s new Democracy. There are now voices in the LNP who are already suggesting voting should be made voluntary and our AEC Australian Electoral Commission be privatized. Australian politicians pushing for a more American style democratic voting system.

When voters arrived at their polling place on March 1 in Azle, Texas, a small city outside of Fort Worth, they saw a framed, printed sign with standard voting instructions: no phones, printed materials allowed. Taped to it was another handwritten sign that read: “Sorry — No Democrat voting (not staffed).”

Source: Texas Voting Restrictions Take Their Toll: “Sorry — No Democrat Voting”

Billionaires’ Absurd and Growing Wealth Undercuts Democracy

The obscene wealth of the world’s billionaires doesn’t just mean they get to lead lives of luxury. It also means they have almost complete control of the economy — control that is fundamentally undemocratic and unjust.

Source: Billionaires’ Absurd and Growing Wealth Undercuts Democracy

The Weeks Ahead: The Future of Voting Rights and Democracy | The Smirking Chimp

In light of last week’s devastating senate vote on voting rights, I keep hearing “voting rights are dead.” Wrong. If voting rights are dead, American democracy is dead. And if American democracy is dead, the entire project that began (imperfectly, to be sure) in 1776 and has been a beacon for the world, is dead. I will not accept that. Nor, I assume, will you.

Source: The Weeks Ahead: The Future of Voting Rights and Democracy | The Smirking Chimp

Why Isn’t Corporate America Behind the Pro-democracy Movement? | The Smirking Chimp

Despotism is bad for capitalism. Despots don’t respect property rights. They don’t honor the rule of law. They are arbitrary and unpredictable. All of this harms the owners of capital. Despotism also invites civil strife and conflict, which destabilize a society and an economy. My message to every CEO in America: You need democracy, but you’re actively undermining it. It’s time for you to join the pro-democracy movement. Get solidly behind voting rights. Actively lobby for the Freedom to Vote Act and the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act. Use your lopsidedly large power in American democracy to protect American democracy — and do it soon. Otherwise, we may lose what’s left of it.

Source: Why Isn’t Corporate America Behind the Pro-democracy Movement? | The Smirking Chimp

Socialists Believe in Workers Liberating Themselves

That workers must liberate themselves rather than rely on top-down liberation is one of the few rules for socialist organizing that Marx and Engels ever laid down. It’s nonnegotiable: socialists believe in workers freeing themselves through class struggle.

Source: Socialists Believe in Workers Liberating Themselves

Are we normalizing the “death of democracy” by talking about it so much? Definitely not | Salon.com

Rush Limbaugh, Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

As much as we may critique the democratic system in the United States for not living up to its name, or the Democratic Party for not getting enough done, what we now face is dire. Trump himself may not precisely fit the “classic” definition of a fascist leader — we can quibble about that around the edges — but he’s close enough for many experts. More to the point, he is a nonstop liar, a conman and a sociopath. He doesn’t care about his own followers, only about himself. No such person should be in a leadership position at any level.

Source: Are we normalizing the “death of democracy” by talking about it so much? Definitely not | Salon.com

Turning Point ‘AmFest’ Was ‘Right Wing Celebration Of Violence’ | Crooks and Liars

Turning Point 'AmFest' Was 'Right Wing Celebration Of Violence'

In under nine minutes, MSNBC host Chris Hayes on Tuesday night summarized the American right wing’s transformation in recent years into a political movement that openly celebrates violence, zeroing in on America Fest 2021—a conservative gathering taking place in Phoenix this week where Kyle Rittenhouse was celebrated by influential Fox News hosts and received a standing ovation.

Source: Turning Point ‘AmFest’ Was ‘Right Wing Celebration Of Violence’ | Crooks and Liars

Change in voting system might save us all

For my part, that 2016 legislative change will likely make the difference between a snake oil peddler like ex-Liberal-turned-UAP-leader Craig Kelly being a footnote to Australian political history instead of switching to the Senate and enjoying six years spruiking imaginary medical advice through the most powerful megaphone in the country. And that’s reason enough to give Turnbull a grateful tip of the cap.

Source: Change in voting system might save us all

Eric Alterman Notes Suddenly, Media Types See Fox Isn’t ‘News’ | Crooks and Liars

Eric Alterman Notes Suddenly, Media Types See Fox Isn't 'News'

Fox isn’t News and has no Rights of protection under the 4th Amendment

This is a mistake. Fox is something new—something for which we do not yet have a word. It provides almost no actual journalism. Instead, it gives ideological guidance to the Republican Party and millions of its supporters, attacking its opponents and keeping its supporters in line. And it does so at a hefty profit, thereby turning itself into the political equivalent of a perpetual motion machine.

Source: Eric Alterman Notes Suddenly, Media Types See Fox Isn’t ‘News’ | Crooks and Liars

Democracy: A work in progress – » The Australian Independent Media Network

My thought for the day “We’ve had it now for the last dismal decade. This destruction of our Democracy. It’s damaged both sides of politics, it’s damaged our country and our reputation. It has to stop. It must stop.”( John Lord )

Source: Democracy: A work in progress – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Old Dog Thought- Scott Morrison the Salesman destroyed trade with China & France did a sucker deal with the US opening up the country to American Nuclear bases making us pay & the target while giving our lost trade to the US. While they store our strategic oil half way across the world before we get anything…. Genius

Pentagon to expand military presence in Australia against China

Fighting Fake News with REAL; 4/12/21; Scott from Marketing is no salesman ; WOKE GO BROKE; Democracy

The Far-Right in Melbourne presents a clear danger to democracy

The presence of neo-fascist thugs in the so-called “freedom protests” marks an escalation of their recruiting efforts and a threat to democratic norms, writes Dr Martin Hirst.

Source: The Far-Right in Melbourne presents a clear danger to democracy

Old Dog Thought- Party’s to a Democratic system accept a loss! The IPA, Murdoch & their LNP Tools are a Cabal intent on making Australia a one-party Nation. Calling for “stricter voting IDs”, soon “non compulsory voting” but foremost ridding us of the ABC our non-partisan most trusted publicly owned broadcaster.

Fighting Fake News with REAL 8/11/21 COP26 and Morrison’s role in Shaming Australia; Following America WTF and Why?

Afghanistan is a warning of global denialism

As denialism becomes a growing problem around the world, one only needs to consider the Afghanistan situation as a potential warning for our future, writes Robert Niven. THE PRECIPITOUS COLLAPSE in Afghanistan compels all of us in the West to contemplate Athena, the Greek goddess of war, also the goddess of wisdom in science and the arts.

Source: Afghanistan is a warning of global denialism

Texas Republicans Pass Voting Restrictions to Solidify Anti-Democratic Hold on Power – Mother Jones

It has long been assumed that as America heads toward a future in which people of color comprise a majority of the population, it will grow increasingly difficult for the Republican Party to win elections by appealing to a shrinking base of conservative white voters.

So : Trash the notion of the REPUBLIC

As Texas becomes more diverse, conservatives have held on by shaping the electorate to their advantage.

Source: Texas Republicans Pass Voting Restrictions to Solidify Anti-Democratic Hold on Power – Mother Jones

From Arsenal of Democracy to Arsenal of Empire: Let’s Abandon Ruinous Foreign Wars for Actual Self-Defense

And then the Soviet Union collapsed — and nothing changed in the U.S. military’s global posture. Or, put differently, everything changed. For with the implosion of the USSR, what turned out to remain truly uncontained was our military, along with the dreams of neoconservatives who sought to remake the world in America’s image. But which image? That of a republic empowering its citizens in a participatory democracy or of an expansionist capitalist empire, driven by the ambition and greed of a set of oligarchs?

Source: From Arsenal of Democracy to Arsenal of Empire: Let’s Abandon Ruinous Foreign Wars for Actual Self-Defense

The stakes of the Arizona election audit are higher than Donald Trump’s presidential chances – ABC News

An empty sports arena with cardboard boxes and tables set up on the court

According to an Associated Press investigation, there were only 182 ballots, out of 3.4 million cast in Arizona, that had problems clear enough for legal review. Of those, only four led to charges, split evenly between two Democrats and two Republicans. Not a single vote was found to have been counted twice.

Source: The stakes of the Arizona election audit are higher than Donald Trump’s presidential chances – ABC News

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?

America on the knife’s edge: Will the next year determine the fate of democracy? | Salon.com

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There are so many paradoxes to America’s current state of political dysfunction that no one could possibly list them all. The party that has embraced the task of trying to save democracy at the last moment, however awkwardly and incompletely — and however poisoned by its own internal contradictions — won, but very nearly lost. The party that has gone about 94 percent of the way into white nationalism and primitive fascism lost, primarily because of its contaminated figurehead — but could not possibly have come so close to winning without him. As for the massive question of whether liberal democracy can be saved, let’s put a pin in that one, as we say these days. As Pankaj Mishra points out repeatedly in his recent collection of essays, “Bland Fanatics,” Western-style liberalism had a perhaps-fatal flaw built into it from the beginning: Its expansion of human rights and representative democracy and the “free market” and whatever other noble and purportedly universal principles were always dependent on exploiting less powerful nations elsewhere in the world, first to extract raw materials and human capital, and then to serve as captive export markets.

Source: America on the knife’s edge: Will the next year determine the fate of democracy? | Salon.com

If CEOs Really Want to Stop GOP Attacks on Voting, Say Progressives, They’d Support the For the People Act | Common Dreams News

A man wearing a mask walks past a "vote to exist" sign displayed on the windows of Kenneth Cole on September 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

“While it’s great that these executives and their companies oppose the Jim Crow-style laws that GOP lawmakers are pushing across the country, this kind of talk is cheap without action.”

Source: If CEOs Really Want to Stop GOP Attacks on Voting, Say Progressives, They’d Support the For the People Act | Common Dreams News

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

President Joe Biden speaks at the White House in Washington, March, 25 2021. At his news conference on Thursday, the president provided a revealing look into how he viewed the threat from Beijing.

“This is a battle between the utility of democracies in the 21st century and autocracies,” he told reporters at his first news conference as president. “We’ve got to prove democracy works.”

Among the biggest tasks of his presidency, Biden seemed to be arguing, is to prove anew to a skeptical world that both American democracy and its model of democratic capitalism still works – and that it is superior to the very different system Xi is ruthlessly enforcing at home as he tries to extend China’s influence around the world.

Biden defines his underlying challenge with China: ‘Prove democracy works’ | The New Daily

The Right Created Boot Camps for Destroying Democracy and Voting Rights

Records show how right-wing groups have used a network of conferences to teach Republican lawmakers how to gerrymander their states and suppress voting rights. Georgia is just the beginning in the war on democracy.

The Right Created Boot Camps for Destroying Democracy and Voting Rights

Democracy Is Really Just Mob Rule And Why I’m Innocent Of Everything – » The Australian Independent Media Network

If you take the personalities out it and ask yourself the simple question: Who is more worthy of being listened to? A family who has been put there by Divine Right, or an actress from a television show. You realise that it doesn’t matter who’s telling the truth because the Queen and her family are our heads of state and we should never question anything they say even if it is a complete load of bollocks and we know they have a history of racism and historic support of the Nazis. Yes, we should support the Royal family whatever they do because otherwise, it’s just mob rule… Or as some like to call it, democracy.

Democracy Is Really Just Mob Rule And Why I’m Innocent Of Everything – » The Australian Independent Media Network

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

Alexei Navalny’s Movement Reflects the Weakness of Russian Democracy

Faced with protests for opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s release, the Russian left is torn over whether to join a movement which raises no general social demands. Navalny’s personalized clash with Putin highlights the present hollowness of Russian democracy.

Alexei Navalny’s Movement Reflects the Weakness of Russian Democracy

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion gutting Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which required that states with a long history of discrimination had to approve their voting changes with the federal government. That ruling led to a wave of new voter suppression laws in states including Georgia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Republicans Are Trying to Kill What’s Left of the Voting Rights Act – Mother Jones

The For the People Act | The Smirking Chimp

The For the People Act, numbered in Congress as H.R. 1 and S. 1, would provide for automatic voter registration across the country and would require paper ballots. It would require that early voting be made available, and would expand mail-in voting. It would authorize $1 billion for upgrades to state voting systems. Polling by Data for Progress and Vote Save America shows that the principles in H.R. 1 are very popular, across parties. Sixty-eight percent of Americans approve of the reforms in the bill. Sixteen percent oppose the measure. The items within the bill are also popular. Eighty-six percent of Americans support a plan to prevent foreign interference in our elections; 7% oppose it. Eighty-five percent of us want to limit the amount of politics; 8% oppose that idea. Eighty-four percent of us want more election security; 8 percent do not. Seventy-four percent of us want to see nonpartisan redistricting; 11% do not. Sixty-eight percent want to see 15 days of early voting; 19% do not. Sixty percent want same-day voter registration; 29% do not. Fifty-nine percent want automatic voter registration; 29% do not. Even with the Republican attacks on mail-in voting, fifty-eight percent of us want to be able to vote by mail; 35% do not. Democrats passed a version of H.R. 1 in the previous Congress, but then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused to take it up. Now, every House Democrat supports the bill, while Republican lawmakers oppose it.

The For the People Act | The Smirking Chimp

All politics is global: The struggle between democracy and dictatorship

But it seems strange to say that, having just defeated an attempt to overturn a democratic election in his own country, Biden is in some way disqualified from criticising a similar attempt in Myanmar. The answer to this question is to recognise that Biden does not speak for “the United States”, but for the Party he leads. To the extent that his party supports democracy in the U.S., it is naturally aligned with supporters of democracy everywhere, and against supporters of dictatorship, both at home and abroad.

All politics is global: The struggle between democracy and dictatorship

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

A cancer on our democracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Imagine half a million Australians, a record 501,876 to be precise, petition for a royal commission into your patron, rabid reactionary, Rupert Murdoch, billionaire media monopolist and monster powerbroker. Does our PM, whose Liberal Party is effectively a wholly-owned subsidiary of News Corp, act democratically? No. Head Office steps in. Sharri Markson and Richard Ferguson of Murdoch’s The Australian publish an article, Kevin Rudd’s Bangladeshi ‘bots’ in media royal commission petition, Thursday 11 February, quoting a “Nicholas Smith”, who claims to have paid an overseas freelancer to “sign” the petition “hundreds of times” in order to “demonstrate to you how easy it is to manipulate our own government’s website”. Smear tactics. Neither mud-slinger Markson, nor feckless Ferguson take the next responsible step: concede that even without this stunt, there are more names on Rudd’s e-petition that any other. Ever. And just who is this Smith and his podcast The Turncoat? The story is a fake. SBS notes that The Turncoat’s Facebook page is littered with posts that have been flagged as misinformation, baseless claims about the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine, and others, expressing support for President Trump. Shades of Craig Kelly, MP for Hughes, who despite his dressing down from his PM, immediately returns to Facebook to promote more toxic nonsense about fake cures for Covid-19 and to sow doubt about vaccines. Former furniture rep Kelly appears regularly from his chair on Murdoch’s Sky News, beaming his dangerous disinformation around the country and -via the internet- around the globe – from whence it came. There’s a restless, recycling in Kelly’s quest. As Crikey’s David Hardaker observes, “the outrageous nonsense spouted by the renegade Liberal MP is mostly spun from generic alt-right conspiracies and ideas.”

A cancer on our democracy. – » The Australian Independent Media Network

Republicans are going all-out to limit voting rights. We know why | Republicans | The Guardian

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In 2021 legislative sessions, lawmakers in 28 states have pushed a whopping 106 bills that would restrict voting access

Republicans are going all-out to limit voting rights. We know why | Republicans | The Guardian

Trump Unleashes Mob to Disrupt U.S. Government

Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, in Washington, DC. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
Dr Mary Trump Made The Perfect Call

The defeated president called for chaos and his supporters responded by storming the Capitol in Washington, disrupting the counting of electoral votes. Robert MackeyRobert Mackey January 7 2021, 9:44 a.m.

Trump Unleashes Mob to Disrupt U.S. Government