Jan. 6 Hearings Underscore Hard Truths About Democracy

When political leaders face a constitutional crisis, like that of Jan. 6, the process of collectively deciding how to respond can be messy, arbitrary, and sometimes change the nature of the system itself.

#coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #latin-america, #politics-and-government, #presidential-transition-us, #project-democracy, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Hence, Mike Pence

Trump set a fire with lies, then doused Mike Pence in gasoline.

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Who Is Financing Trump’s ‘Big Lie’ Caucus? Corporations You Know.

The flow of corporate money to politicians who voted to overturn the 2020 election is helping fund a continuing attack on our democracy.

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We Don’t Even Have to Look Up From Our Phones to Hate Each Other

Once upon a time social media was going to bring us all together.

#computers-and-the-internet, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #law-and-legislation, #republican-party, #social-media, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Bolsonaro Is Using the Military to Challenge Brazil’s Election

Despite little evidence of past fraud, President Jair Bolsonaro has long raised doubts about Brazil’s electoral process. Now the military is expressing similar concerns.

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Trump, American Monster

A man of pure narcissistic psychopathy feels no guilt and has no sense of the damage he does.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #house-select-committee-to-investigate-the-january-6th-attack, #presidential-election-of-2020, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Why Canada Races on Gun Policy When America Crawls

The speed of policymaking in Canada, and its frequent deadlock in the U.S., may come down to the rules of their political systems.

#canada, #canadian-federal-election-2019, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #gun-control, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mass-shootings, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #politics-and-government, #trudeau-justin, #united-states

Gun Talks Put Senate’s Tattered Credibility on the Line

After a string of Democratic failures on marquee issues, Senator Chuck Schumer’s decision to give bipartisan gun talks time is a test of the Senate — and of democracy itself.

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Why Republicans Love the Land of ‘Illiberal Democracy’

Viktor Orban’s Hungary has a lot to offer them.

#conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government

America’s Doug Mastriano Problem

The Republican Party’s strategy to contain populist rebellion didn’t work in Pennsylvania.

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Anne Applebaum on What Liberals Misunderstand About Authoritarianism

The writer discusses what Hannah Arendt’s “The Origins of Totalitarianism” reveals about the fragility of liberal democracy.

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Trump’s Former Aides and Advisers on the Peril He Poses

Former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper agreed with an interviewer that President Trump posed “a threat to democracy.” Other former administration officials have expressed similar concerns.

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Can We Still Be Optimistic About America?

Our perpetual pessimism can be turned into the source of our renewal.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #optimism, #pessimism, #propaganda, #putin-vladimir-v, #shanghai-china, #united-states

How Roe Warped the Republic

Why Roe v. Wade may be overturned by the very forces of polarization it unleashed.

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #womens-rights

Is American Democracy Built to Last?

Yascha Mounk’s new book questions deeply held beliefs about the stability of Western societies.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #minorities, #mounk-yascha, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

US Braces for Potential French Election Shockwave

An upset victory by the right-wing nationalist Marine Le Pen in the presidential election on Sunday could scramble President Biden’s foreign policy.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #european-union, #france, #international-relations, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states-international-relations

Democrats Fear for Democracy. Why Aren’t They Running on It in 2022?

Republicans are far more energized about the issues of elections and voting, powered by a former president and many base voters who believe the 2020 contest was illegitimate.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #fischer-trey-martinez, #midterm-elections-2022, #political-advertising, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Peng Ming-min, Fighter for Democracy in Taiwan, Dies at 98

He endured Japanese imperial rule, a lost limb in World War II, Chinese martial law and decades in exile to become a leading force for Taiwanese self-determination.

#chiang-kai-shek, #china, #deaths-obituaries, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-progressive-party-taiwan, #international-relations, #peng-ming-min, #politics-and-government, #taiwan

The Dangerous Lesson Viktor Orban Taught Republicans

Bret Stephens and Zack Beauchamp debate the biggest challenges threatening liberalism in America and beyond.

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Trump Poses a Test Democracy Is Failing

Ordinary voters are supposed to punish authoritarians by removing them from office. Intensifying partisanship is threatening that mechanism.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2024, #trump-donald-j

U.S. Report Describes a Global Retreat on Human Rights

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says repressive governments “are growing more brazen” and reaching across borders to target their critics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Emmanuel Macron Is Playing a Dangerous Game

How Emmanuel Macron absorbed the poltical views of his opponents

#chirac-jacques, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #european-union, #france, #illegal-immigration, #la-republique-en-marche, #le-pen-jean-marie, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #pecresse-valerie, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #yellow-vests-movement, #zemmour-eric

Globalization Is Over. The Global Culture Wars Have Begun.

We’re entering the age of red world versus blue world.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #world-values-survey, #xi-jinping

Yes, There Is a Clash of Civilizations

What Samuel Huntington foresaw about the current world order.

#caldwell-christopher, #china, #christians-and-christianity, #cold-war-era, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #fukuyama-francis, #huntington-samuel-p, #india, #middle-east, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roy-olivier, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Xi, Putin and Trump: The Strongmen Follies

This is what happens when a leader wants to be the president for life.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #diamond-larry, #european-union, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #xi-jinping

This Is Why Autocracies Fail

Over the long term, centralized power is a recipe for stagnation.

#autocracy, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #hong-kong, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Timothy Snyder on the Myths That Blinded the West to Putin’s Plans

The renowned historian on Putin’s myths, Ukrainian identity and the West’s “politics of inevitability.”

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #snyder-timothy-d-1969, #ukraine

The War in Ukraine Holds a Warning for the World Order

The multinational response shows that liberalism has some life left. But the challenges posed by waning U.S. power and rising authoritarianism remain formidable.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

The Week That Awoke the World

What the Ukrainians have taught us.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #foreign-aid, #liberalism-us-politics, #patriotism, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Why Ukrainians Believe They Can Win Against Russia

Idealism has been a powerful weapon in the resistance against Russia.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #kyiv-ukraine, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Putin vs. Democracy

Democracy is on the decline worldwide, and Vladimir Putin is a big factor.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #eastern-europe, #internal-storyline-no, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

As French Elections Loom, Macron Tries to Strike a Balance

The news media calls the French president “Jupiter,” the king of the gods, but he is showing a more human face. Will it soften his image?

#de-gaulle-charles, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #france, #french-presidential-election-2022, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #zemmour-eric

The Dark Century: Why Is Liberalism in Decline?

Why our era has grown so ugly.

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The Ottawa Trucker Protests Are a Test of Democracy

Peaceful protest is a necessary release valve for pandemic fatigue and frustration.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #ottawa-ontario, #trudeau-justin, #vaccination-and-immunization

You — Yes, You! — Can Save Democracy

Amanda Litman makes the case for engaging with politics at the local level.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #run-for-something-nonprofit, #united-states-politics-and-government

This Is What Made Covid the ‘Almost Ideal Polarizing Crisis’

The advent of the disease was the “almost ideal polarizing crisis.”

#carnegie-endowment-for-international-peace, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #income-inequality, #liberalism-us-politics, #republican-party, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Roberta Metsola Elected as President of European Parliament

Roberta Metsola of Malta will succeed David Sassoli, an Italian politician who died last week, at a critical time for the institution.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #european-parliament, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #roberta-metsola

Failure on Voting Rights Would Be Historic

Democracy is losing.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #black-people, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #discrimination, #politics-and-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Boris Johnson’s Repressive Legislation Reveals Who He Really Is

A raft of repressive legislation shows the prime minister’s true colors.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #law-and-legislation, #police

Will America Descend Into Another Civil War?

It’s hard to imagine. But so is democracy’s salvation.

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The Impact of Jan. 6 Is Still Rippling Throughout the World

The attack on Congress marked a significant decline in American global power and influence.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

Why So Many People Are Unhappy With Democracy

The most pervasive and perhaps deepest challenge facing virtually all Western democracies is the political fragmentation of democratic politics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boehner-john-a, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #europe, #germany, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is Democracy’s Fate the Media’s Fault?

How should political journalists be approaching their work in these polarized times?

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #douthat-ross-g, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #new-york-university, #rosen-jay

Biden Rallies Global Democracies as U.S. Hits a ‘Rough Patch’

The White House’s Summit for Democracy has drawn harsh criticism of domestic issues and questions about the guest list.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #corruption-institutional, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Biden’s Democracy Summit Sells Democracy Short

Biden’s democracy summit sells the concept short.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #united-states

Biden’s Democracy Conference Is About Much More Than Democracy

Democracies can find strength in numbers.

#artificial-intelligence, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #summit-for-democracy, #united-states-international-relations

Dear People of 2021: What Can We Learn From Hindsight?

For the first series from the Headway initiative, we followed up on forecasts from decades past to ask what the passage of time has revealed.

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In Their 80s, and Living It Up (or Not)

Two octogenarians have different reactions to an essay, “Living My Life Again.” Also: “Illiberal democracy”; housing in the Bronx; rich vs. poor

#bronx-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elderly, #homeless-persons, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #legal-aid-for-the-poor-civil, #orban-viktor, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

U.S. Allies Drive Much of World’s Democratic Decline, Data Shows

Washington-aligned countries backslid at nearly double the rate of non-allies, data shows, complicating long-held assumptions about American influence.

#cold-war-era, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections-courts-and-the-judiciary, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

Tax Evasion and the Republican Party

By enabling resistance to lawful taxation, Republicans are undermining democracy.

#corporate-taxes, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #federal-taxes-us, #income-tax, #tax-evasion, #tax-shelters, #taxation