SIGN OF THE TIMES

Published December 16, 2021 by Nan Mykel

The Week magazine for Dec. 3 contains the following from Stockholm:

Democracy in  retreat:  The U.S. has been added for the first time to a list of “backsliding democracies” by the Stockholm-based International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance.  America has fallen vicim to “authoritaian tendencies,” the respected think tank said in its Global  State of Democracy 2021 report, and so was “knocked down a significant number steps on the democatic scale.”  The report, issued this week, cited former President Donald Trump’s  baseless allegations of fraud in the 2020 election and his efforts to pressure state election officials into changing vote totals, as well as the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.  Trump’s tactics had “spillover effects,” the report added, providing an anti-democtatic model that was followed by political actors in Brazil, Mexico, Myanmar, Peru, and elsewhere.

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