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This is How the Right Destroys Democracy

Sunday, April 29, 2012
None of what's happening in the U.S. or Europe is much of a surprise. The playbook for authoritarians is pretty predictable: undermine democratic politics by following the letter of the law while systematically undermining its norms and institutions, find social cleavages you can exploit to pit people against one another, and wring every advantage you can out of social and economic crises.

What infuriates me is that, just like Europeans in the 1930's, today's Western center and center-left elites are so blind and pusillanimous that they are incapable of coming to grips with either the Great Recession, the rise of Teabaggers and the National Fronts, or the consequences of their own mistakes.
Posted by Arbitrista @ 8:44 AM
  • Hear, hear! We've totally allowed the Right to shift our priorities from people to capital, and to protecting those 'job creators' at the expense of society and democracy. There's a tipping point coming in which our choices, already narrowed by so much, are going to evaporate. And too many are going to stand on the curbs and cheer the authoritarians on.

    By Blogger Belle, at 10:13 AM  
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