democracy

As Nicolas Maduro and Socialism Destroy Venezuela, Its People Must Restore Democracy

Venezuelans have been seeking to rid themselves of Maduro's criminal elite. However, President Trump's comment that, “We have many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary,” did not help their cause.

Is Democracy in a Death Spiral?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Democracy requires common ground on which all can stand, but that ground is sinking beneath our feet, and democracy may be going down the sinkhole with it. Where liberals see as an ever-more splendid diversity of colors, creeds, ethnicities, ideologies, beliefs and lifestyles, the right sees the disintegration of a country, a nation, a people, and its replacement with a Tower of Babel. Visions in conflict that democracy cannot reconcile.

The Rise of Illiberal Democracy

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Donald Trump’s victory represented a rejection of Barack Obama’s America. And whether he succeeds, what is there to cause America to look back with nostalgia on the America Obama came to represent? Our Founding Fathers believed that democracy represented the degeneration of a republic; they feared and loathed it, and felt that it was the precursor of dictatorship. They may have been right again.

A Brexit Revote: Just How Democratic Do We Want to Be?

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Britain’s Brexit vote may have killed the Eurocrats’ campaign to build a superstate by stealth. The reaction against that vote in the UK may help spark a global rethink of the rules over how to make radical policy and political changes. Now, in between controversial polls, is a good time to act. Just how democratic do we want to be?

With Visit by India’s Narendra Modi, Washington should Recognize an Emerging Great Power

India appears ready to follow the People’s Republic of China to international superstar status. Democracy and unleashing its global network of entrepreneurs and traders will give it a boost if that direction can be sustained.

Undercurrents of Liberty in China

China is a complicated civilization with a venerable heritage in rapid transition to somewhere, but no one is quite sure where.  Politics remains authoritarian, and it isn’t obvious that democracy would yield a meek Beijing.

Thailand Votes as Opposition “Yellow Shirt” Protesters Threaten Democracy

The Thai political system is nominally democratic.  But the state typically is controlled by an elitist establishment; essentially a military-royalist-civil service-business-urban/upper class axis.  Unfortunately the most visible opposition isn't democratic -- it wants an authoritarian system in which a different set of close-knit elites dominate irrespective of election results.

North Korea’s Kim Dynasty Consumes Its Own: No Love in this Family

The communist Democratic People's Republic of Korea has long has been the land of no good options, the geopolitical problem with no good answers. And the ongoing leadership transition—whether solidified or unsettled—isn’t likely to bring peace or stability to the region.

Would Defunding Hurt Democracy?

John Seiler, Human Events

If Obamacare could be implemented by democracy in the House in '10, how is it any less “democratic” if it's repealed, in whole or part, by the House in '13? If the Tea Party somehow wins, it will be through democratic action.

America: The Democracy Hypocrites

Patrick J. Buchanan, Antiwar.com

“Whether or not our interests have been advanced, our ideals seem to have been wounded.”

RPaul Slams US Support of Egypt

Tom Toupousis, Newsmax

Paul blasts NeoCons for backing military junta in Egypt with U.S. taxpayer funds.

Why Democracy Works In America, Not In Egypt

The American Revolution was not about creating a new kind of government. It was about defending a tradition of local government that had been in place in America for 156 years, since the signing of the Mayflower Compact — a tradition that included regular elections, the secret ballot, rule of law, and an understanding that the purpose of government is to secure our God-given rights to “life, liberty, and property.” There is no such tradition in Egypt.