- This is a historical document. It describes a catastrophy happening right now under our very noses. How dictatorial power was grabbed in Poland, Turkey, Hungary, Bulgaria, Brazil and now Italy. And I am not so sure if the USA and the UK can still be described either as Democracies any more. 😦 Our time is reminiscent of the post crash and pre-WWII 1930’s.
Ann Applebaum has written the book “Twilight of Democracy” about how the authoritarian/fascist movements in a number of nationalistic countries where constructed and gained power. Think of Brazil, Hungary, Poland, Turkey; but also UK and USA. Pretending to be democracies the Press, Legal structures and Parliaments where systematicaly destroyed and brought under central dictatorial control. How? By manipulating elections using large scale personalised social media targeting (mindfucking by internet, see recent books I blogged about). They keep the population under control with massive network surveillance systems, supported by scrupuless ICT systems operators like Palentir and Facebook. And by building a power structure of eager men and women that are not directly competent but very loyal to the Leader. And a number of politicials aspire to rise to power also: mrs. Le Pen, Wilders and Baudet in NL.
This preference for loyalty over competence is also their weakness. During elections the civilians start to notice that it is visible that lower ranked members of these nazi like parties have rather dubious backgrounds and show incompetence in their high level hierarchy jobs.
This book “Twilight of Democracy – The Seductive Lure of Authoritarianism- ” (Doubleday) is now avialable in bookshops and through Amazon, Bolcom etc.
The same book, but published by the Penguin Group, is also avialable; but with another cover:
Fortunately, Ann adds in the last chapters some hopeful hints how to help RENEW DEMOCRACY.
2. I did post the following public messages on Twitter, August 5 2020:
3/3 an excess of COWARDICE. Projecting blame on persons or groups that ‘differ’ / can be taged as ‘them’. Teachers or leaders should act fast and right to stop such stampedes. Clarify what they are doing, and punish the bullies (the real weaklings).
jaap van till, TheConnectivist
–David Frum, author of Trumpocracy and Trumpocalypse
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