democracy

What’s Behind Our World On Fire?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

The issues pulling continents, countries, and capitals apart thus appear to be growing, enduring, and, indeed, perhaps insoluble. Consider. The economic issues propelling workers into the streets to protest inequalities of wealth and income are occurring at a time when our world has never been more prosperous. The ethnic and racial clashes within and between nations seem increasingly beyond the capacity of democratic regimes to resolve peacefully. As for matters of fundamental belief—political, ideological, religious—the divides here, too, seem to be deepening and widening. Neither authoritarians nor the world’s democracies seem to have found a cure for the maladies that afflict our world’s unhappy citizens.

The Age of Democracy May Be Over

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

In the trade-off between freedom and order, people will ultimately opt for order. Why are these outbursts of violent protests and rioting taking place in stable, free, and prosperous societies? If the beneficiaries of freedoms and democratic rights come to regard them as insufficient to produce the political, economic, and social results they demand, what does that portend for democracy’s future? If the “end of history” and worldwide triumph of democratic capitalism thesis has, as most agree, been disproven, is it possible that the Age of Democracy is itself a passing phase in the history of the West and the world?

How Long Before Hong Kong Suffers Bloody Communist Crackdown?

Demands by Hong Kong citizens for freedom and government accountability represent an existential threat to the system of social credit-imposed conformity that now undergirds Communist Chinese society. The United States must be prepared to confront the Communist Chinese strongly and firmly if and when the much-anticipated crackdown comes.

A Bad Idea For Ohio And A Terrible Idea For America

No Republican has ever been elected President without Ohio, and Ohio has furnished eight Presidents with Ohio roots – all Republicans. So why the Buckeye State’s Republican-controlled legislature and Governor would want to dilute their state’s Electoral College votes via the Democrat proposal to bypass the Electoral College is a complete mystery to us.

Far Left Anti-Electoral College Plan Building Momentum

Democrats have long opposed the Electoral College because with overwhelming margins of victory in high-population states like California they could dominate future presidential elections based on the popular vote, so they have concocted a plan to try to bypass the constitutional amendment process.

When Democracy Fails to Deliver

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Establishments have agendas they do not regard as subject to electoral repudiation or repeal. Defeated, they use their non-electoral powers to prevent unwanted policies from ever being implemented. Call it limited democracy. The left's power over America's character- and culture-forming institutions remains overwhelming. People who see the policies they have voted for rejected again and again, by the very elites they defeated, will inevitably turn to other means to preserve what they have.

How Democracy Is Losing the World

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Ronald Reagan's treaty that banned all U.S. and Soviet nuclear missiles with a range between 310 and 3,400 miles faces collapse. And President Trump's initiative to bring about a nuclear-free North Korea appears in peril. Yet, for the next two years, we will be preoccupied with whether paying hush money to Stormy Daniels justifies removing a president, and exactly when Michael Cohen stopped talking to the Russians about his boss building a Trump Tower in Moscow. We are an unserious nation, engaged in trivial pursuits, in a deadly serious world.

Why the Authoritarian Right Is Rising

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

To much of the world America has become the most secularized and decadent society on earth, and the title the ayatollah bestowed upon us, “The Great Satan,” is not altogether undeserved. And if what “our democracy” has delivered here has caused tens of millions of Americans to be repulsed and to secede into social isolation, why would other nations embrace a system that produced so poisoned a politics and so polluted a culture?

Counterpoint: China's 27-Year Undeclared War on the U.S.

In 1991 Chinese Communist leaders declared, "The new Cold War between China and America has begun.” China has been at war with us ever since.  And when your enemy says you are at war, then you are at war, whether you want to be or not.

How to Deal with Newly Empowered Xi Jinping

Politically, Washington should treat the PRC as a serious competitor. Depending on the issue, China may be adversary or friend. The U.S. should emphasize areas where the two nations’ interests coincide and look for compromises where interests diverge. Washington cannot dictate: negotiation over contested issues is inevitable.

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.”