JOHN CHUCKMAN COMMENT: UNINFORMED SILLINESS (OR PERHAPS PROPAGANDA) FROM THE GUARDIAN ABOUT ENDANGERED WESTERN DEMOCRACIES – WHAT DEMOCRACIES?   Leave a comment

John Chuckman

COMMENT POSTED TO AN ARTICLE BY CAS MUDDE IN THE GUARDIAN

It’s fashionable to say western democracies are dying. Don’t buy it (yet)
The claim that everything is getting worse is in part the consequence of egocentric bias among liberal commentators

What Western democracies?

America or Britain or France cannot be called democracies by anyone with some history and political understanding.

They have democratic trappings, but they are not remotely democracies.

America is run by money, by those who have vast amounts of it aided by those organizations designed to help and assist them.

I see no evidence things are very much different in Britain and France.

The British system for example is rigged so that someone with about 35% of the national vote can form “a majority government,” a majority of parliamentary seats, that is, from gerrymandered electoral districts.

A prime minister then, supported by a minority of actual voters, can freely and secretly go to war or, indeed, do almost anything he or she pleases because a so-called majority government becomes something pretty close to a dictatorship with few if any constraints.

In America’s last election, it took a multi-billionaire to defeat the woman who spent an unbelievable amount of money to be defeated. Hillary spent somewhere in the neighborhood of 1.2 to 1.8 billion dollars, money collected from special interest groups and plutocrats just as is the case for the great bulk of all American campaign contributions.

It is not ordinary people who supply the funds to either party, funds used literally to flood the public with advertising and staged rallies and all kinds of phony nonsense right down to gigantic imperial American flags carefully mounted behind every stage where a candidate briefly appears. Funds used to buy experts in manipulating people’s perceptions, to buy tracking polls, to buy barrages from telephone call centers, to buy writers for slogans and ghost-written books, to buy everything from voice coaches to make-up artists and even to guest appearances by pop singers.

Anyway, if you call that a choice for Americans, you have a problem with words.

And isn’t choice – the people’s choice – the very central idea of democracy?

Posted January 31, 2018 by JOHN CHUCKMAN in Uncategorized

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