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Nearly half world's countries seeing level of democracy decline: report

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There is NO perfect system of democracy or government - never has been, never will be. Every system is flawed.

But the reality is that the alternatives are far, far worse. No independence of judiciary; no separation of powers to keep things in check; often no separation between church and state; no personal freedom. The "Strongman" system of government that so many people endlessly praise - the Kims, the Putins, the Xis etc - are nothing more than tyrants who despise freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of choice. Authoritarians.

I get that weak-minded, always-scared people are attracted to a "Strongman" government that always holds their hand and tells them what they can and can't do - and eliminates voices who dissent. These anti-democrats are becoming strong, sadly.

But there are still plenty of us that believe in democracy and freedom over totalitarianism. Power to the PEOPLE.

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Democracy will be fine in the 38 countries where it is already strong:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OECD

What we do see is China and Russia pushing a narrative that you can have prosperity without any democracy, but in time, the affected countries will realize that it is only debt traps and resource theft that China and Russia bring.

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I hold that democracy cannot be evolved by forcible methods. The spirit of democracy cannot be imposed from without. It has to come from within - Mahatma Gandhi

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The reality is if you have money and connections you will be ok but if not your voice will not be of much consequence in the countries with "historically long democratic traditions."

And yet the wannabe autocrats got convincingly voted out in 2020 by voters. And the people who tried to become autocrats are being prosecuted for the actions they took to subvert democracy.

It remains to be seen if America is brave enough to jail the wealthy, 'elite' people who tried to do this.

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Let's not forget Bolsonaro in Brazil!

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It may be only my perception, but I have been annoyingly feeling plutocracy is been enhanced as the wealth gap widens. As a consequence, political agenda, national priorities, specific policies, etc. are established under strong influences of a handful of wealthy people/groups to leave an only tiny room for ordinary citizens' voices. As "I scratch your back and you scratch mine" system is too visible, I am losing trust in democracy.

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Once Upon A Time there was a thing called Democracy, the ancient Greek called it (demos) meaning people and (kratos) meaning rule ( People Rule).

Now a days People don't rule it's GREED that does.

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Thanks to the internet and lack of objective journalism

And tankies that act as mouthpieces for fascist regimes.

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The fact that majority of the people elect autocratic candidates is a sign that Democracy is alive and working.

And needs to be safeguarded better to prevent autocratic candidates and make them easier to remove from office. The US system of impeachment and trial clearly doesn't work.

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The findings of the article indicate that democracy is on the decline within the so-called democracies, so it's inaccurate to espouse an "Us vs Them" scenario as non-democratic elements have been on the uptick in the the US/UK etc.

The reality is if you have money and connections you will be ok but if not your voice will not be of much consequence in the countries with "historically long democratic traditions."

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Fighto!Nov. 2  02:40 pm JST

There is NO perfect system of democracy or government - never has been, never will be. Every system is flawed.

But the reality is that the alternatives are far, far worse. No independence of judiciary; no separation of powers to keep things in check; often no separation between church and state; no personal freedom. The "Strongman" system of government that so many people endlessly praise - the Kims, the Putins, the Xis etc - are nothing more than tyrants who despise freedom of speech, freedom of movement and freedom of choice. Authoritarians.

I get that weak-minded, always-scared people are attracted to a "Strongman" government that always holds their hand and tells them what they can and can't do - and eliminates voices who dissent. These anti-democrats are becoming strong, sadly.

And they flock to arrogant tin gods who manipulate their ignorance and fears. You know, like trump does.

But there are still plenty of us that believe in democracy and freedom over totalitarianism. Power to the PEOPLE.

MarkNov. 2  07:04 pm JST

Once Upon A Time there was a thing called Democracy, the ancient Greek called it (demos) meaning people and (kratos) meaning rule ( People Rule).

Actually many if not most Native American confederations in North America were democracies. The US Senate was based on the Roman Senate and the House was based on the Iroquois Confederacy's Quorum of representative chiefs from each town, band, clan, tribe. And in those confederations every single person had more power than it was with the ancient Greeks and other people.

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More evidence to consider for the 47% who said yes to "Do you think there will be many functioning democracies around the world in, say, 20 years from now?"

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Randy DaytonaNov. 2 09:04 pm JST

But there are still plenty of us that believe in democracy and freedom over totalitarianism. Power to the PEOPLE.

Yeah the patriot act is real democractic freedom isn't it ?

And which expired in 2020, but don't let that stop your mindless outrage at the US.

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I don’t think the world has 173 democratic countries. At most 100. And of course everything is declining because young generations of democratic countries are taking everything for granted and often don’t even care to vote. We will likely are going to experience a big breakdown when many will have a great suffer before getting onto a reasonable path again.

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Democracy is live and well, its the Will Of the People!! If they think "Socialism" is the answer, then try living under communist rule " that the will of the Government" their feet on your neck, and your hands out begging for scraps!

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So does this mean that more than half of the world's countries are NOT seeing a decline in some aspect of democracy?

I know it is in the interest of certain dictatorships to see the birth of a 'new world order', though, and articles like this one can serve as the thin end of the wedge to exploit the cracks.

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Democracy is exercised only through election. The fact that majority of the people elect autocratic candidates is a sign that Democracy is alive and working.

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Democracy isn’t perfect.

I think things would work better if we have more decentralization. Alas, like with Russia attacking Ukraine, it won’t come without conflict, as some cannot bear to see power be decentralized…

In the end, people should have as much freedom as possible. Using democracy to implement a tyranny of the majority is a bad misuse and indefensible. But some people in democratic countries keep proposing such divisive policies.

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Thanks to the internet and lack of objective journalism

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Democracy?

I cannot think of anywhere that the will of the people is NOT perpetually ignored on the most fundamental issues. I cannot think of anywhere this has NOT been the case for DECADES.

The so-called premier world exporter of democracy doesn't, and doesn't even have it itself. It is run by corporate lobbyists that either are, or work for, a slim minority or rich people.

Look up the video "Corruption is legal in America" and learn in 10 minutes how "democracy" is a running joke and none of you have a say at all. Then look up a video about Tweedism and realize that even your choice of representative is not legit. (see Bernie Sanders).

And please do me a favor and stop talking about "threats to our democracy". There is none to be a threat to! Its now a question of if and when we rise up to RESTORE DEMOCRACY, so stop pretending.

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