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We are witnessing the rise of global authoritarianism on a chilling scale
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Relying on polls to sway opinion... c'mon, they didn't ask me.

What group centers (college campuses, church picnics) do they hit to get a desired answer, anyway? Fox won't even do a Trump poll anymore because it was open to all and they didn't get their desired response.

Go, Trump. They are railroading you, sir.
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Funny how the left never calls its authoritarianism "authoritarianism" -- because it is for "our own good" -- for the "general good", I suppose.


People forget that Rousseau was the father of the "general good", authoritarianism and the modern left.
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Even Benjamin Franklin acknowledged that a benevolent monarch is better than a tyrannical democracy.

What he have now is monopoly by a PRIVATE two party political system and secret bribes to get their candidates in office.

Authoritarian populism sounds like a breath of fresh air.
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Southeast Asia's Looming Authoritarianism Threat

With the human rights declaration adopted unanimously in 2012, ASEAN leaders sought to appear united in their belief that human rights and democracy are now common engines of progress.

The past few years saw some serious setbacks in this area, as political elites have tightened control over opposition parties and civil liberties. Malaysia and Indonesia, for instance, have been accused of human rights violations, such as restricting civil liberties and abusing minority rights.

As socialist states, Laos and Vietnam are still run by communist parties whose leaders have no desire to abandon political authoritarianism. Their track records on democratic reform remain dismal.

First among these institutional failings is that in most ASEAN countries the armed forces remain a significant political player. Thailand is the best example of an ASEAN country where the military has never really bowed to civilian rule.

It should come as no surprise if security elites in Southeast Asia assert that it is too early to relegate their traditional role in ‘national defence’ to the dustbin of history in such an insecure environment.


http://www.economywatch.com/features/Sou...t0321.html
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O.G. (Original Ghost)  Wrote: (04-13-2016 07:22 PM)
Funny how the left never calls its authoritarianism "authoritarianism" -- because it is for "our own good" -- for the "general good", I suppose.


People forget that Rousseau was the father of the "general good", authoritarianism and the modern left.


Latin America’s ‘pink tide’ appears to be over

For years, the region has been led by bombastic socialists like Hugo Chavez. Sunday, Peru is likely to add to the wave of Latin American countries that have ousted their left-wing populist leaders in recent months.

In recent months, voters in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia have rejected the inflammatory rhetoric of their former populist leaders, while in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff, of the centre-left Workers Party, is facing impeachment proceedings.

In Argentina, the political winds have definitely shifted. The recently-elected government of Mauricio Macri has reversed the populist policies of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, and normalized relations with the world.

In Venezuela, the opposition Democratic Unity alliance won two thirds of the 167 seats in parliamentary elections last December — evidence of the people’s frustration that their country, despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, is on the verge of bankruptcy.


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/0...-over.html
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•REC³  Wrote: (04-13-2016 07:48 PM)
O.G. (Original Ghost)  Wrote: (04-13-2016 07:22 PM)
Funny how the left never calls its authoritarianism "authoritarianism" -- because it is for "our own good" -- for the "general good", I suppose.


People forget that Rousseau was the father of the "general good", authoritarianism and the modern left.


Latin America’s ‘pink tide’ appears to be over

For years, the region has been led by bombastic socialists like Hugo Chavez. Sunday, Peru is likely to add to the wave of Latin American countries that have ousted their left-wing populist leaders in recent months.

In recent months, voters in Argentina, Venezuela and Bolivia have rejected the inflammatory rhetoric of their former populist leaders, while in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff, of the centre-left Workers Party, is facing impeachment proceedings.

In Argentina, the political winds have definitely shifted. The recently-elected government of Mauricio Macri has reversed the populist policies of Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and her late husband, Nestor Kirchner, and normalized relations with the world.

In Venezuela, the opposition Democratic Unity alliance won two thirds of the 167 seats in parliamentary elections last December — evidence of the people’s frustration that their country, despite having the largest oil reserves in the world, is on the verge of bankruptcy.


http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2016/0...-over.html

I can't wait until America casts off its "pink tide" (left authoritarianism).


Unfortunately, I think we are going to get Hillary and more of the same (imperial presidency/socialism-corporatism by presidential fiat).
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Likud Lawmaker Meets With Far-right Austrian Leader Despite Official Israeli Policy

The leader of the extreme right-wing Austrian Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, on a visit to Israel this week, met with MK Avi Dichter (Likud), Haaretz learned from David Lasar, who is close to Strache and was present at the meeting.

Dichter told Haaretz that the meeting with Strache only dealt with the fight against terrorism.

Strache was invited to Israel by the Likud party. The official invitation, which Strache posted on his Facebook page, was signed by Eli Barda, head of the Likud’s foreign relations department. The guest’s escort in the country, and the one who set up his meetings, was former MK Michael Kleiner, president of the Likud tribunal. Also involved in the visit and the organization of meetings was former minister Rafi Eitan.

Haaretz has learned that the event at which Strache met Likud ministers was a reception in his honor on Tuesday night, at the Herzliya Pituach home of David de la Rosa, former Colombian ambassador in Israel. A source familiar with the details of the event noted that Kleiner invited several Likud ministers and lawmakers to the event. Some responded favorably and were in attendance that evening.

In recent years, some Israeli right-wingers, among them West Bank settler leaders, have pushed for a change in policy toward Strache and his party. Their primary rationale is his anti-Muslim views and support for Israeli settlement-building.


http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.714458
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Heritage List Gives Glimpse Of Far-Right Justices Sought By Trump And Cruz

Ted Cruz of Texas, has promised to make nominating ultra-conservative justices a “priority” of his presidency. He has even made a point of criticizing past Republican presidents for appointing insufficiently conservative jurists.

Trump hasn’t released his list of candidates, but today the Heritage Foundation published a “non-exclusive” list of eight people that it said “illustrates the kind of highly qualified, principled individuals the new president should consider” for the high court.

Federal appeals court judges William Pryor and Diane Sykes, have been mentioned repeatedly by Trump on the campaign trail. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, has been brought up by Cruz, who even picked up the Utah senator’s endorsement.

Sykes, who currently sits on the Seventh Circuit, backed a voter ID law . She also wrote a decision expanding religious objectors’ ability to limit their employees’ access to birth control coverage.

Sykes also ruled “that anti-gay groups have a constitutional right to continue receiving government subsidies even if they engage in discrimination,” another troubling indication that she could support conservative groups’ attempts to justify discrimination.

Pryor, a former Alabama attorney general, also has a history of right-wing activism. Pryor has called Roe v. Wade the “ worst abomination in the history of constitutional law” and said that it created “ a constitutional right to murder an unborn child.”

Lee “dismisses Supreme Court rulings upholding a woman’s right to abortion” and has “called the court’s marriage equality ruling a ‘breathtaking presumption of power.’”


http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/he...WpGHQ.dpuf
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seems linked to the lack of sophistication and subtlety in the sensibilities of the voting age populace....which i expect to only further decline in the coming years Anon

"in him who is good envy is never ingenerated about any thing"

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Democratic norms under threat

Two EU members in particular, Hungary and Poland, are now jeopardizing hard-won European democratic norms.

In Hungary, liberal-democratic values have come under systematic attack from Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government. Since his return to the premiership in 2010, Orban has committed Hungary to an authoritarian nationalist path and he has exploited the refugee crisis to cement a “siege mentality” that helps him sustain popular support.
In the process, fundamental rights have been ignored, media freedom has been curbed, refugees have been demonized.

A democratic crisis has emerged in Poland as well, starting last October, when the Law and Justice (PiS) secured an outright parliamentary majority by promising to implement populist economic policies and “put Poland first.” Yet, since the election, PiS has launched a series of attacks on the Polish constitution itself.

Government legislation aimed at reforming Poland’s Constitutional Court has been condemned by the Court itself and the European democracy watchdog, the Venice Commission. The government has effectively precluded the Court from ruling on the constitutionality of legislation.

Were they to apply for EU membership today, neither Hungary nor Poland would be admitted.


http://www.arabnews.com/columns/news/909921
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Fear and loathing of a world without borders

Fear of radical Islam, terrorism, criminality and a general anxiety over the unfamiliar are at the core of a moral panic.

The future ageing and shrinking of the incumbent population painted by demographers is frightening even to some of the more robust Europeans. The majorities who feel under threat have emerged as an influential force in politics. Not only the extreme parties such as the National Front in France and Britain’s Ukip but also Hungary’s governing Fidesz and the ruling Law and Justice party in Poland see their role as advocates of those “threatened majorities”. They fear and loathe the idea of a “world without borders”.

Wednesday’s Dutch referendum on the EU’s association agreement with Ukraine exemplifies this mood. The No voters want to send the message that Europe is unwelcoming not only to refugees but also to societies that dream of one day joining it.

This change of hearts and minds can be seen in relations with Turkey. To secure the country’s support for relieving the pressure from refugees, European governments are silent on Ankara’s growing authoritarianism. They want to signal that Europe is not such a nice place as foreigners believe it is.



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Putin Ally Says Russia Must Abandon `False Democracy'

Russia must “stop playing false democracy” in order to combat a “hybrid war” waged against it by the U.S., the chief of the country’s powerful Investigative Committee said.

Russian authorities must abandon “pseudo-liberal values” and give a “tough” response to“political, economic, informational and legal” attacks by the U.S., Alexander Bastrykin said in an article in Kommersant-Vlast magazine Monday. Russia should emulate China by blocking access to foreign media through “censorship” of the Internet as “an effective barrier to this information war,” he said.

Russia must retaliate with a “national idea” that includes “ideological education” of the young to ensure “destabilization won’t happen even with the most generous external funding,” he said. Youth organizations should be checked to ensure they’re not involved in “forbidden extremist activity.”

Denying the validity of a 2014 referendum in Crimea, in which more than 95 percent voted to join Russia, should also be made an extremist crime, Bastrykin said.


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2...-democracy
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'Era of propaganda': press freedom in decline, says Reporters Without Borders

World press freedom deteriorated in 2015, especially in the Americas, advocacy group Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday as it released its annual rankings and warned of “a new era of propaganda”.

The situation was particularly grave in Latin America, the report said, highlighting “institutional violence” in Venezuela and Ecuador, organised crime in Honduras, impunity in Colombia, corruption in Brazil and media concentration in Argentina as the main obstacles to press freedom.

Among the lowest ranked countries were Syria, at 177th place out of 180, just below China (176th) but above North Korea (179th) and last placed Eritrea.

Japan slumped to 72nd due to what the watchdog identified as self-censorship towards the prime minister, Shinzo Abe.


http://www.theguardian.com/media/2016/ap...ut-borders
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The ‘deep and disturbing decline’ in global press freedom

For the first time in more than a decade, the press is freer in Africa than in the Americas. Yet a global "climate of fear and tension" continues to erode press freedom around the world, according to the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders.

The group's 2016 World Press Freedom Index reveals a "deep and disturbing decline in respect for media freedom at both the global and regional levels."

Overall, press freedom eroded in two-thirds of the 180 countries tracked since last year.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worl...s-freedom/
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Europe today.


Ultranationalists poised to make gains in Serbia election.

While official results are not expected for four days, opinion polls indicate several ultranationalist parties, including the Serbian Radical party (SRS), led by former war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj, and the conservative DSS-Dveri alliance, are likely to attract more than the 5 per cent support threshold necessary to enter parliament.

Faktor Plus, an opinion pollster, suggests SRS will gain around 7.9 per cent of votes cast, while DSS-Dveri look set to win 5.2 per cent.

Analysts said Mr Seselj offered voters a powerful cocktail of nationalism, conspiracy theories and pro-Russian sentiment that taps into enduring Serbian resentment at Nato’s bombing of Belgrade in 1999.

https://next.ft.com/content/78f37810-0a1...f222853ff3



Austria election: Far right 'top' in first round of presidential vote

Austria's far-right Freedom Party candidate has come top in the first round of presidential elections, projections show.

It was the best-ever result at federal level for the FPOe, whose entry into government in 2000 under the late SS-admiring Jörg Haider sent shockwaves through Europe.


http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/ap...bert-hofer


Austria’s far-right Freedom Party

https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/12/austr...ight-wing/

Candidate of the right-wing populist FPÖ (in blue) wins almost everywhere in Austria

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