Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

I have been negligent in my studies and research on the condition of the world and its policies….I will try to be more vigilant in the future…..but in my defense….American politics is fascinating at this time….but I am sure that it will pass.

With the rise of right wing ideology across the world….could the idea of democracy be in trouble?

If democracy is in trouble then what is driving the opposition to such a noble end?

Democracy today is facing greater challenges than at any time since the fall of communism a quarter of a century ago; greater than at any time, in fact, since the dark days of the 1970s when Daniel Patrick Moynihan, writing on the occasion of the U.S. bicentennial in 1976, said that “democracy is where the world was, not where the world is going.”

In retrospect, we know something that Moynihan couldn’t have known at the time—that the fall of the military government in Portugal in 1974 and Franco’s death in Spain the following year had initiated what Samuel Huntington was later to call “the third wave of democratization,” which was the most far-reaching process of democratic transition in the history of the world.

Source: Democracy and Democracies in Crisis | World Affairs Journal

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16 thoughts on “Democracy and Democracies in Crisis

  1. Hopefully, there will be a fourth wave of democracy soon! My only hope is that younger generations will come up with new ideas and policies, and restore democracy worldwide.

    1. First, welcome and thanx for commenting…if the US is to move forward then we definitely need some new ideas….the world s another story…there seems to be new ideas all the time the catch is…will they catch hold? chuq

  2. Is democratization the same thing as balkanization? I see the terms used interchangeably depending on the source and the story that is being spun. In order for democracy to work, we need to admit that what we have right now in America is not a democracy and work together to make changes that re-institutes the democracy that our founding fathers had envisioned (if that’s possible). We can’t be isolationist, we can’t be internationalist; what we need to be is a mix of both and base our foreign policy on something other than profit.

  3. SIGH….

    “Democracy, which is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequals alike.” — Plato, The Republic. Book VIII. 558

    Democracy, in the real world, is overrated… Given human nature, and its talent for denying reality, this form of government can only result in yet more opportunities for the wicked to prosper, at the expense of the ignorant and the weak.

    The Americans who wrote the Constitution attempted to form a democratic republic, but, were destined to fail, as soon as the concept of ‘lobbying’ became an acceptable part of the process. As predicted by Jefferson, Paine, Hamilton, and others, it HAS failed. This government does NOT represent the people it purports to serve; neither is it in any way democratic.

    gigoid, the dubious

      1. I’m guessing you mean this one:

        “A democracy is a government in the hands of men of low birth, no property, and vulgar employments.” — Aristotle

        Yep…. *grin*

        gigoid

      2. That is a good one…but the one I was thinking of is…”democracy is leadership by the stupid, who make unrealized promises to the ignorant..” maybe it was Plato…chuq

      3. That sounds to me like G.B.Shaw, or maybe Oscar Wilde… I’ll Google it…

        OCD re: quotes. don’t y’know?

        g, td

  4. Sorry Chuq but I can’t make the following “comment” shorter if it is to make any sense. You may want to delete it, that’d be OK by me. I just “had” to say the following:

    I think we should be growing up and realizing that the “national” games we in the “west” began to play some 200 years ago are outdated, if not childish. Democracy, from historical perspective, was nothing but a new game thrown on the board. “Let’s see if this approach can work with the way we want to mold civilization.” and they called it “democracy” because a cheaper, smaller more exclusive version of the game had been played by Greek elites in ancient history and that’s what they had called it. The new approach claimed that everybody could sit around the table and play, but that was a lie which we are now well aware of: the game always belonged to the elites. Votes were a sop to the masses, a scam. If you had a family name and money or had a reputation as a powerful military commander, you could buy enough votes to be “elected” and continue to make the rules under the authority of the richest “entrepreneurs” and “banks” who controlled to money, i.e., the power.

    If man were an evolving species then it should be evolving mentally, not just technologically. Technocracy is a ruling system for a machine world, not a human world. Only mindless people can find their fulfillment and satisfaction in a machine world. If we are evolving mind beings it behooves us to look at our civilization in toto, not just at its parts. Democracy as a system of government is but a small part of the whole aspect of civilization. If we “fix” all that is wrong with democracy (not that anyone could, democracy is not a working concept for Earthians who have yet to learn the necessity of taking responsibility for all aspects of their personal lives) we will not fix the major problem faced by man: the current state of global civilization.

    Civilization: this singular monster, so completely out of control, so taken for granted by all, is the root cause of the planet’s imminent collapse. We can’t fix the weak, worn-out, out-dated, unbalanced parts hoping that will fix the whole thing. Western-type “democracies” have definitely shown their feet of clay. They temporarily plugged a huge hole in civilization created by the deposing and dis-empowering of autocratic aristocracies ruled by emperors, kings, queens, military generals, priests or popular heroes and unpopular tyrants. Like democracies today these tyrants had exceeded their grasp and were toppled by popular revolutions. Democracies today are being deposed, at least in the minds of the “voters,” because they no longer even make a pretense of serving the common good. They, in fact, have become the very tyrants they once replaced.

    This was inevitable. The conundrum for man now is that nothing has been “thought up” to replace or supplant these failed and dying democracies, so people are seriously contemplating the idea of returning to the national or imperial “strong man” or “strong men” to lead them. Foolish and utterly self-defeating but until something revolutionary new is created, we could be in for a long, long period of societal collapse as “the strong men” fight wars, committing atrocities and genocides as they jockey for positions of power.

    If the plan was to avoid a major societal AND environmental collapse, there is but one thing that can accomplish that, and it won’t come cheap: man must totally destroy all vestiges of western type civilization. The only thing now left for man to save the species and its world is to start from scratch.

    It isn’t totalitarianism, capitalism, militarism, terrorism, banksterism, drugs, overpopulation or climate change that is destroying the world, it’s civilization. Civilization is what makes possible the above evils, no mistake. Since these evils have subjugated everything else to themselves, and since they get their power from civilization, nothing short of an end of civilization can dis-empower them.

    It’s going to happen. Alea Iacta Est: the die is cast. We can demonstrate the wisdom and the courage to guide the fall, softening as much of the blow as our current state of technology and know-how allows, or we can continue tinkering with the creaky, smoky, grinding parts pretending that we are fixing the whole until it falls on us “like a shit from heaven” as we say in the vernacular.

    Speaking of democracies, here’s a quote for you: “As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.” – H. L. Mencken

    It has been said many times, in many ways, that the people always get the leaders they deserve. A failed democracy, the United States of America, has recently emblazoned that truth on a marquee for the entire world to marvel at.

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