US - Backsliding Democracy

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They cheer this

I know. Shit is fucking sad.

" What makes backsliding peculiar is the fact that it’s driven by duly elected incumbents. Once the autocrat is in power, he or she undertakes actions that then weaken democratic rule: removal of horizontal checks on the executive; diminution of rights that citizens typically enjoy; and, in extremis, going after the integrity of the electoral system itself."

“But there is a completely different conception of democracy, which is sometimes associated with the Republican tradition or what I call a majoritarian tradition, in which the majority should have the power to do what they want, and shouldn’t be checked by the “deep state,” by the courts, by rights, by other restraints. Part of what we’re seeing in backsliding is the rise of a different conception of democracy in which the majority should more or less be completely unrestrained.”