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How Democracy Dies, American-Style: the weaponization of policy.

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'In their 2018 book “How Democracies Die,” the political scientists Levitsky & Ziblatt documented how this process has played out in many countries; bit by bit the guardrails of democracy were torn down, as institutions meant to serve the public became tools of the ruling party, then were weaponized to punish and intimidate that party’s opponents. On paper these countries are still democracies; in practice they have become one-party regimes. And the events of the past week have demonstrated how the slide to autocracy happens.  In less than three years  the Justice Department has been transformed from an agency that tries to enforce the law to an organization dedicated to punishing Trump’s opponents, by  bringing an antitrust action against those companies that resist the jihad  against environmental regulation.'

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"The point is that this is how the slide to autocracy happens. Modern de facto dictatorships don't usually murder their opponents (although Trump has been fulsome in his praise for regimes that do, in fact, rely on brute force). What they do, instead, is use their control over the machinery of government to make life difficult for anyone considered disloyal, until effective opposition withers away.

And it's happening here as we speak. If you aren't worried about the future of American democracy, you aren't paying attention."

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Many or most Americans aren't paying attention.

I try to click here, particularly as we do Israel's bidding.

Submitted on Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 at 9:18:32 PM

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Not "American style" but US Style....lest we implicate all the other countries in the Americas.

No such country called "America"....except colloquially and "patriotically".

This is about USA Style.

Submitted on Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 3:11:08 AM

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Well....this may be USA Style....but we ought not indict, implicate or insult any of the rest of The Americas.

The USA does not own the name of the entire American continental mass...from Arctic to Tierra del Fuego..all inhabited by Americans.

Submitted on Wednesday, Sep 11, 2019 at 3:58:51 AM

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