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The corrected report on creeping authoritarianism.

By Curt_Anderson
November 28, 2021 7:10 pm
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You might have gotten the wrong impression if you read HtS's article "COVID-19 Made Democracies More Authoritarian and Authoritarian Regimes Even Worse".

That report looked at measures of democracy and authoritarianism only through the end of 2020. In other words, the January 6th insurrection was not covered nor was any day of the Biden presidency. The authoritarian tendencies mentioned in the report happened under Trump's watch. Trump was repeatedly singled out as a cause of America (and other countries) being a backsliding democracy.

The following is taken directly from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance report. See link below.

The Global State of Democracy Indices provide quantitative data on democratic quality for the same countries, based on 28 indicators of democracy up until the end of 2020.

Significantly, the United States, the bastion of global democracy, fell victim to authoritarian tendencies itself, and was knocked down a significant number of steps on the democratic scale.

The number of countries undergoing ‘democratic backsliding’ (a more severe and deliberate kind of democratic erosion) has never been as high as in the last decade, and includes regional geopolitical and economic powers such as Brazil, India and the United States.

Some of the most worrying examples of backsliding are found in some of the world’s largest countries (Brazil, India). The United States and three members of the European Union (EU) (Hungary, Poland and Slovenia, which holds the chair of the EU in 2021) have also seen concerning democratic declines.

Electoral integrity is increasingly being questioned, often without evidence, even in established democracies. The former US President Donald Trump’s baseless allegations during the 2020 US presidential election have had spillover effects, including in Brazil, Mexico, Myanmar and Peru, among others.

In the United States, for example, research indicates that some states’ voter registration and voting laws, either recently approved or currently under discussion, end up disproportionately affecting minorities in a negative way.

Disputes about electoral outcomes are on the rise, including in established democracies. A historic turning point came in 2020–2021 when former President Donald Trump questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election results in the United States. Baseless allegations of electoral fraud and related disinformation undermined fundamental trust in the electoral process, which culminated in the storming of the US Capitol building in January 2021.

The IDEA report concludes on a positive note listing some of the good and promising things that are happening throughout the world. They cited Joe Biden's child tax credit:
"In the United States, a new child tax credit is expected to cut the poverty rate by nearly 50 per cent and lift 4.1 million children out of poverty this year. The first round has decreased food scarcity from 15.7 per cent to 9.9 per cent compared with the period immediately before receiving the monthly child tax credit payments."

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  1. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 4:18 am

    I stand corrected.

    Joe Biden and Andrew Cuomo, Terry McAuliffe and other blue state Governors have implemented Camelot through the mere power of their Executive Orders.

    Who needs "of the people, by the people and for the people?"

    Who needs the Bill of Rights!!!!!?

  2. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 5:54 am

    BTW, Curt, remember, about a week ago, I was lampooning Donna and you as examples of white progressives who take on causes for people of color when people of color disagree with you?

    Those election integrity laws?, which you claim oppress people of color?

    People of color support them by huuuuuuuuge majorities.

    Blacks know the value of the right to vote. We struggled to win that right in a country that for too long treated us as second-class citizens. We shed our blood so we could partake in American elections just like every other American citizen. We want to make sure that sacred right to vote, and the integrity of those elections, are protected.

    It’s clear that most Blacks support voter ID, and it’s obvious why we do so.

    Why then do opportunistic activists like Stacey Abrams pretend the entire Black community stands behind them and the radical Democrat Party? Why do they pretend that Black people are either opposed to voter ID or, even more offensively, that Blacks are incapable of obtaining IDs? The answer is in part because the elites, most of whom are white, have enabled them, taking it upon themselves to determine who the “leaders” of the Black community are and ignoring anyone else who suggests differently.

    Back in the day, we called that paternalism.

    And, heck! We still do.

    Bahahahahahahaha, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  3. by Donna on November 29, 2021 6:59 am
    "BTW, Curt, remember, about a week ago, I was lampooning Donna and you as examples of white progressives who take on causes for people of color when people of color disagree with you?" - Bill

    When I have an opinion, it's not "for" anyone. Cite one example where I did what you claim.

    Interesting survey results, though.

  4. by Donna on November 29, 2021 7:11 am
    Pew did some more extensive polling on that.

  5. by HatetheSwamp on November 29, 2021 12:09 pm

    Interesting, Donna. It does underscore my observation.

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