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BRADLEY R. GITZ: Democracy and culture

By Bradley R. Gitz

This article was published April 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

The most important development of our age has been the "Global Democratic Revolution."

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GeneralMac says... April 23, 2018 at 9:02 a.m.

Russia, China, Cuba, North Korea

Four non-Muslim countries who are far from being democracies.

China's tight control on religious freedom rarely gets mentioned in the US.

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Dontsufferfools says... April 23, 2018 at 9:29 a.m.

The U.S. likes to hold itself up as a paradigm of democracy. Abroad, though, observers see a facade with moneyed interests pulling the puppet strings of our government by funding campaigns, "grass roots" movements (Kochs), and controlling policy (Mnuchin at Treasury, Pruitt at EPA, Mulvaney at CRPB). The Trump administration's main triumph so far has been to lower the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. Nuff said.

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BOLTAR says... April 23, 2018 at 10:04 a.m.

Gitz certainly has a rosy outlook about the status of democratic governance, especially considering this report (which happens to be from The Independent but is widely reported in other mainstream sources):
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"The United States has been classed as a 'flawed democracy', falling short of the threshold of a fully democratic society for the second year running, according to a comprehensive new report.
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The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) produces an annual review ranking countries on their adherence to 60 distinct democratic values, including electoral processes and press freedom.
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The US scored of 7.98 out of 10 last year, dropping into the flawed democracy category for the first time. The change reflected what the report said was “a sharp fall in popular confidence in the functioning of public institutions”. This predated and aided the election of Donald Trump, according to the think-tank.
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The US scored 7.98 again in 2017, placing it behind 19 full democracies including Norway, Ireland, the UK, Uruguay and Spain.
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Now ranking 21st, the US was among other countries with flawed democratic systems including Italy, South Korea, France, Chile, Botswana and Mexico."
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Our nation is no longer the democratic front-runner we pretend to be. In fact, we are merely one of the also-rans stumbling further behind in the pack, and Trump with his idolization of dictators and strongmen is doing all he can to clothesline all the truly democratic runners.

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RBear says... April 23, 2018 at 12:35 p.m.

"The defining feature of any democratic process remains the idea of 'man-made' law--that is, law made by elected legislatures--but Koranic law presumes that law can come only from God (Allah), thereby defining the man-made kind as inherently blasphemous."
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Substitute "Koranic" with "Judeo-Christian" and you have the type environment that Rapert and others would like Arkansas to become.

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WhododueDiligence says... April 23, 2018 at 4:04 p.m.

In 1953 Iran had an emerging democracy which was wiped out when Iran's democratically elected Prime Minister was overthrown by the British and the US CIA. This controversial overthrow was ordered to maintain British control of Iran's oil but it backfired heavily and became a disaster in 1979 when autocratic anti-Western forces gained control of Iran. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan also began in 1979, along with the start of the long and bloody Iraq-Iran War--in which the US supported Saddam's Iraq--around that same time. It was a bad sequence of events for the Middle East, which was further destabilized by the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
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Also, as Gitz has addressed previously, World War 1 with it's subsequent reckless divvying up the fallen Ottoman Empire also had disastrous lasting effects on the region. Foreign nation-building attempts have failed ever since.

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carpenterretired says... April 23, 2018 at 10:10 p.m.

Seem to recall Hillary got about three million more votes than Trump ,go fish.

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