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The coming death of American democracy.

Post by neverfail » Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:31 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/202 ... ump-canada
Canadian political scientist warns in op ed of Trumpist threat to American democracy and possible effect on northern neighbor

The US could be under a rightwing dictatorship by 2030, a Canadian political science professor has warned, urging his country to protect itself against the “collapse of American democracy”.
“A terrible storm is coming from the south, and Canada is woefully unprepared. Over the past year we’ve turned our attention inward, distracted by the challenges of Covid-19, reconciliation and the accelerating effects of climate change.
Trump, he said, “and a host of acolytes and wannabes such as Fox [News]’s Tucker Carlson and Georgia representative Marjorie Taylor Greene”, had transformed the Republican party “into a near-fascist personality cult that’s a perfect instrument for wrecking democracy”.

Worse, he said, Trump “may be just a warm-up act”.

“Returning to office, he’ll be the wrecking ball that demolishes democracy but the process will produce a political and social shambles,” Homer-Dixon said.
That's from Canada.

Now, this from Australia:
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/ ... 59llh.html

‘What’s the plan?’: Australia needs to prepare for the collapse of American democracy

The signs aren’t exactly heartening. Right-wing media continues to promote the “big lie” about the 2020 election, very deliberately laying the groundwork for the next one, voting rights reform is wobbling, and the almost daily revelations from the January 6 congressional investigation are having very little impact.

Meanwhile, the big reforms that need to happen to strengthen American democracy – from the Supreme Court, to voting rights, to media control – are either stalling or not on the agenda.

The undoing of the United States’ democratic legacy, and the loss of even its imperfect democracy, would be catastrophic for the United States – and for the rest of the world, too. As much as the focus should be on what failure might mean for Americans themselves, the implications are far, far wider.
The thing that has struck me about this country even as Trump's hololigans made their attempted coup at the Capital building one year ago tomorrow and ever since has been the complaiscency. None of our political leaders have publically commented on the need for a contingency plan (our current crop of politicans would lack the imagination) and our news and current affairs media have not taken up the issue either. Instead our establishment has treated the phenomina as a passing glitch and it is since back to business as usual.

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Re: The coming death of American democracy.

Post by Sertorio » Wed Jan 05, 2022 1:47 am

Neverfail,

What people must take into account is that there is a real desperation from the Anglosphere - now represented by the US - in respect of losing power. Having been used, for the last 200 years, to do as they wished, imposing their will on everyone and robbing the rest of the world, the prospect of having other powers standing on their way must be very painful, as well as very costly. Just wait until the US has to face the reality of its public and national debt without being able to to escape it by printing dollars...

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Post by Sertorio » Sun Jan 16, 2022 3:32 am

America Is Falling Apart At The Seams
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https://www.newyorkglobe.co/2022/01/13/ ... the-seams/

In June a statistic floated across my desk that startled me. In 2020, the number of miles Americans drove fell 13 percent because of the pandemic, but the number of traffic deaths rose 7 percent.

I couldn’t figure it out. Why would Americans be driving so much more recklessly during the pandemic? But then in the first half of 2021, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle deaths were up 18.4 percent even over 2020. Contributing factors, according to the agency, included driving under the influence, speeding and failure to wear a seatbelt.

Why are so many Americans driving irresponsibly?

While gloomy numbers like these were rattling around in my brain, a Substack article from Matthew Yglesias hit my inbox this week. It was titled, “All Kinds of Bad Behavior Is on the Rise.” Not only is reckless driving on the rise, Yglesias pointed out, but the number of altercations on airplanes has exploded, the murder rate is surging in cities, drug overdoses are increasing, Americans are drinking more, nurses say patients are getting more abusive, and so on and so on.

Yglesias is right.

Teachers are facing a rising tide of disruptive behavior. The Wall Street Journal reported in December: “Schools have seen an increase in both minor incidents, like students talking in class, and more serious issues, such as fights and gun possession. In Dallas, disruptive classroom incidents have tripled this year compared with prepandemic levels, school officials said.”

This month, the Institute for Family Studies published an essay called “The Drug Epidemic Just Keeps Getting Worse.” The essay noted that drug deaths had risen almost continuously for more than 20 years, but “overdoses shot up especially during the pandemic.” For much of this time the overdose crisis has been heavily concentrated among whites, but in 2020, the essay observed, “the Black rate exceeded the white rate for the first time.”

In October, CNN ran a story titled, “Hate Crime Reports in U.S. Surge to the Highest Level in 12 Years, F.B.I. Says.” The F.B.I. found that between 2019 and 2020 the number of attacks targeting Black people, for example, rose to 2,871 from 1,972.

The number of gun purchases has soared. In January 2021, more than two million firearms were bought, The Washington Post reported, “an 80 percent year-over-year spike and the third-highest one-month total on record.”

As Americans’ hostility toward one another seems to be growing, their care for one another seems to be falling. A study from Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy found that the share of Americans who give to charity is steadily declining. In 2000, 66.2 percent of households made a charitable donation. But by 2018 only 49.6 percent did. The share who gave to religious causes dropped as worship service attendance did. But the share of households who gave to secular causes also hit a new low, 42 percent, in 2018.

This is not even to mention the parts of the deteriorating climate that are hard to quantify — the rise in polarization, hatred, anger and fear. When I went to college, lo these many years ago, I never worried that I might say something in class that would get me ostracized. But now the college students I know fear that one errant sentence could lead to social death. That’s a monumental sea change.

It has to be said that not every trend is bad. Substance use among teenagers, for example, seems to be declining. And a lot of these problems are caused by the presumably temporary stress of the pandemic. I doubt as many people would be punching flight attendants or throwing temper tantrums over cheese if there weren’t mask rules and a deadly virus to worry about.

But something darker and deeper seems to be happening as well — a long-term loss of solidarity, a long-term rise in estrangement and hostility. This is what it feels like to live in a society that is dissolving from the bottom up as much as from the top down.

What the hell is going on? The short answer: I don’t know. I also don’t know what’s causing the high rates of depression, suicide and loneliness that dogged Americans even before the pandemic and that are the sad flip side of all the hostility and recklessness I’ve just described.

We can round up the usual suspects: social media, rotten politics. When President Donald Trump signaled it was OK to hate marginalized groups, a lot of people were bound to see that as permission.

Some of our poisons must be sociological — the fraying of the social fabric. Last year, Gallup had a report titled, “U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time.” In 2019, the Pew Research Center had a report, “U.S. Has World’s Highest Rate of Children Living in Single Parent Households.”

And some of the poisons must be cultural. In 2018, The Washington Post had a story headlined, “America Is a Nation of Narcissists, According to Two New Studies.”

But there must also be some spiritual or moral problem at the core of this. Over the past several years, and over a wide range of different behaviors, Americans have been acting in fewer pro-social and relational ways and in more antisocial and self-destructive ways. But why?

As a columnist, I’m supposed to have some answers. But I just don’t right now. I just know the situation is dire.
This is not Russian or Chinese propaganda, it's an analysis made in the US by an American. It shows that some people are getting really worried about what is happening in the US. One explanation is that most Americans are truly decent people and, because they are decent, they start having difficulty in living with the way things are now in the US. Not only the US is highly destructive abroad, its governments are becoming highly destructive at home. And Americans do not want to be destructive. They want a fair society where people can live in peace, where you can mind your own business and let other people live as they like. A free and democratic society it's all they want, and they are being deprived of both democracy and liberty. The US is becoming a true fascist country controlled by an unprincipled oligarchy, and Americans are beginning to break down because they can't fix what is wrong. In other parts of the world that has led to bloody revolutions, and that may very well be what is in store for the US.

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Re: The coming death of American democracy.

Post by SteveFoerster » Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:17 am

This is not Russian or Chinese propaganda, it's an analysis made in the US by an American.
Oh look, David Brooks is complaining about how much he misses the good old days. Yes, obviously America is doomed.
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Post by Sertorio » Sun Jan 16, 2022 12:08 pm

SteveFoerster wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 11:17 am
This is not Russian or Chinese propaganda, it's an analysis made in the US by an American.
Oh look, David Brooks is complaining about how much he misses the good old days. Yes, obviously America is doomed.
I'm glad you are happy with the present situation in the US... Like that you will not suffer when the chickens come home to roost...

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Post by SteveFoerster » Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:03 pm

That's not even an American political cartoon. It's about South Africa. :roll:
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Re: The coming death of American democracy.

Post by Sertorio » Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:06 pm

SteveFoerster wrote:
Sun Jan 16, 2022 2:03 pm
That's not even an American political cartoon. It's about South Africa. :roll:
My mistake... Maybe because the US is increasingly looking like South Africa... ;)

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