Democracy in decline

Ownership of The Economist, a neoliberal publication based in London, is controlled by Italy’s Agnelli family. The newspaper supported Thatcher and Reagan and enthusiastically promotes free trade and free markets. Despite its ties to the one percent, The Economist labels itself radical centrist and advocates for democracy and human rights. By doing that, the newspaper has offended many of the world’s autocrats.

In its 13th report on democracy, The Economist Intelligence Unit rated 167 nations (microstates excluded).

The Democracy Index is based on five categories: electoral process and pluralism, the functioning of government, political participation, political culture, and civil liberties.

Fourteen percent of countries are described as full democracies. These states are home to fewer than ten percent of the world’s population. More than one-third of people live under authoritarian rule.

The average global score in the 2020 Democracy Index fell from 5.44 in 2019 to 5.37. This is by far the worst global score since the index was first produced in 2006. …The deterioration in the global score in 2020 was driven by a decline in the average regional score everywhere in the world, but by especially large falls in the “authoritarian regime”-dominated regions of Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East and North Africa.

There is a simple explanation for the trend lines shown below. In 2015, Canadian voters rejected Stephen Harper and in 2016, America’s electoral college selected Donald Trump, even though Hillary Clinton received almost three million more votes.

Categories: Democracy

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  1. Greetings Norm

    Your article today is very timely for our family. Earlier this morning we had a rather intense discussion on the meaning of democracy which had been stimulated by references to it as a rationale for the initiation of provocations in Ukraine re NATO and subsequently as a rationale for prolonging the conflict there. The outcome for us was a conclusion that democracy must presuppose equality of participants with regard to a wide range of factors, for example: housing, income and pensions, access to health care, education and media etc.. Otherwise the system implies the coercion and suppression of portions of the unequal population. More and more the term seems to represent nothing other than egotistical virtue signalling.

    I hope all is well with you. – df



  2. Well Norm , Canadian democracy is for sale, as is our sovereignty.

    Our present Canadian Government passed into law, on June 2018, something called “Deferred Prosecution Agreement” (DPA) which is the legal escape for those with enough political power and money.

    In Canada every bad person has plan B for staying out of jail.

    Does anyone remember reading about this legislation?


    • Yes, thanks to Jody Wilson-Raybould, who paid a heavy price for refusing to allow its use on behalf of SNC Lavalin.


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