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The U.S. Is Not A Democracy, It Never Was

Authored by Gabriel Rockhill via Counterpunch.org, One of the most steadfast beliefs regarding the United States is that it is a democracy. Whenever this conviction waivers slightly, it is almost always to point out detrimental exceptions to core American values or foundational principles. For instance, aspiring critics frequently bemoan a “loss of democracy” due to […]


America’s Decline And The Neglect Of Luther’s Principles Of Liberty

Authored by S.T.Karnick via Specator.org,  Freedom requires a sense of personal responsibility if it is to survive. With the nation’s news dominated by reports of political corruption (most recently, the Clintons’ apparent use of “pay to play” schemes during Hillary Clinton’s tenure as U.S. secretary of state), sexual harassment scandals pandemic among the nation’s elites, […]


Direct Democracy: Best Bet Or Mob Rule?

Direct democracy is defined as a democratic system where citizens, not elected officials, vote on major national issues to decide what becomes law. As Statista's Dyfed Loesche notes, some hail it as the purest form of democracy. Others are wary because some issues are highly complex and require a minimum of expertise to make a […]


The Problem Isn’t Populism: The Problem Is The Status Quo Has Failed

Authored by Charles Hugh Smith via OfTwoMinds blog, The top 5% who have benefited so immensely from the consolidation of wealth and power cannot confess the status quo has failed the bottom 95%. The corporate/billionaires' media would have us believe that the crisis we face is populism, a code word for every ugly manifestation of […]


Geert Wilders: “It’s Time To Drain The Swamp… In Europe”

Authored by Geert Wilders via The Gatestone Institute, Our democracies in the Western half of Europe have been subverted. Their goal is no longer to do what the people want. On the contrary, our political elites often do exactly the opposite. Our parliaments promote open-door policies that the majority of the people reject. Our governments […]


The End Of The Age Of Benevolence

Authored by Francis Marion of CanadianGunBlog.com, via Jim Quinn's Burning Platform blog, The history of democracy, Marxism and feminism is the history of the snake, which, being hungry for more, stalks its own tail and consumes itself. Some evenings I sit on the sofa in the family room with my teenage daughter and watch a […]


“Beyond Resistance” – Soros, Pelosi Headline Left’s Biggest Dark Money Conference

Authored by Brent Scher and Joe Schoffstall via FreeBeacon.com, A secretive three-day conference where big money liberal donors are plotting the next steps of the "resistance" will be headlined by Friday speeches by billionaire George Soros and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, according to internal documents obtained by the Washington Free Beacon. The Democracy […]


Meotti: The Migrant Crisis Upended Europe

Authored by Giulio Meoti via The Gatestone Institute, "The migrant crisis is the 9/11 of the European Union… That day in 2001, everything changed in the US. In a minute, America discovered its vulnerability. Migrants had the same effect in Europe… The migration crisis profoundly undermines the ideas of democracy, tolerance and… the liberal principles […]


Pat Buchanan Asks: “Is Liberalism A Dying Faith?”

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org, Asked to name the defining attributes of the America we wish to become, many liberals would answer that we must realize our manifest destiny since 1776, by becoming more equal, more diverse and more democratic – and the model for mankind’s future. Equality, diversity, democracy – this is the […]


“It’s Sad As Hell” – Swedish Ambassador Admits, We’re “In The Process Of Dismantling Democracy”

Sweden's new ambassador to Iceland has sparked a major controversy after warning that Sweden is "in the process of dismantling democracy" and could be on a slippery slope towards technocracy or a dictatorship. Håkan Juholt, a former leader of the centre-left Social Democrat party and ambassador to Iceland since September, made the comments in an […]


The Countries Most (& Least) Satisfied With ‘Democracy’

Across the globe, the spread of right- and left-wing populism and authoritarian politics have shaken the very foundations of democracy. As Statista's Niall McCarthy notes, a new survey from Pew Research has found that people across the globe are generally unhappy with the functionality of their political systems, though levels of satisfaction with democracy vary hugely between […]


Chris Hedges On The End Of Empire: “The Death Spiral Appears Unstoppable”

Authored by Chris Hedges via TruthDig.com, The American empire is coming to an end. The U.S. economy is being drained by wars in the Middle East and vast military expansion around the globe. It is burdened by growing deficits, along with the devastating effects of deindustrialization and global trade agreements. Our democracy has been captured […]


Why “Populism” Is Here To Stay

Via GEFIRA, Aristotle was the first to point out how a thriving middle class is a condition sine qua non for a functioning democracy: “A constitution based on the middle class is the mean between the extremes of the rule by the rich and the rule by the poor.” That the middle [constitution] is best […]


“I Know What North Korea Wants” – President Carter Warns “US Oligarchy Refuses To Do It”

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an "oligarchy than a democracy," while also lambasting Trump's "hopeless" approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea. The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that […]


The Sandcastle: Decline From Democracy To Tyranny Is Inevitable

Authored by Jeff Thomas via InternationalMan.com, The decline from democracy to tyranny is both a natural and inevitable one. That’s not a pleasant thought to have to consider, but it’s a fact, nonetheless. In every case, a democracy will deteriorate as the result of the electorate accepting the loss of freedom in trade for largesse […]