Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Faltering Of Global Democracy

The rise of international predator states in the last twenty-plus years has taken on different paths compared to the more distant past. This piece examines how it is happening and what incoming President Trump should do about it.. Among the symptoms are -

Increasing state surveillance and censorship of the internet
Diffuse decay of the rule of law
Increasing fear and intimidation as protections for civil liberties crumble
Banning the receipt of financial and technical assistance by international aid agencies and democracy foundations
Blatant pressure on the business community to serve the ruling party
The cancerous spread of crony capitalism and state corruption

The piece further notes these to be tactics successfully used by Vladimir Putin and Hugo Chavez among others.

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