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I don't regard states like Israel as democracies as they have disenfranchised vast swathes of Palestinians while denying them separate statehood, but if you take many European, ex-commonwealth and even most Asian and some Latin American democracies as the norm, you will find that most democracies do not have:

  1. Vast sums of dark money funding candidates/parties
  2. Political advertising on a huge scale
  3. FPTP single seat electoral systems which mean that effectively, only two parties are in contention for power
  4. Constituency boundaries controlled by partisan rather than neutral arbiters
  5. Blatantly politicised judiciary
  6. Voter suppression on a large scale
  7. Voter disenfranchisement for even minor felony offences
  8. Voting technology controlled by a single private company
  9. Relatively low turnout rates
  10. Corporates being treated as "people"
  11. "Free Speech" only available to those who can pay for it
  12. But they DO have broadly proportionate representation systems which means many minor parties and minorities can win representation. Democracy should never be reduced to a binary choice. It must reflect the diversity of society.

In so many ways, the USA is an outlier, and not in a good way...


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by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Mon Oct 19th, 2020 at 08:31:04 PM EST
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