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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Democracy Index 2018: The eleventh edition of the Democracy Index reveals that political participation is on the rise in almost every region of the world. Whilst clearly disillusioned with formal political institutions, the population has turned anger into action, and turned out to vote, and to protest. The most striking advance has been in the participation of women -- in the past decade the indicator has improved more than any other single indicator in our model. This improvement takes place amid a deterioration of trust in democracy, evident in the worsening of most categories in this year's Index.

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The U.S. lost it "full democracy" rating for the first time in 2017, officially becoming a "flawed democracy". There are 20 "full democracy" countries on the list with Canada being the highest ranking democracy in North America with the 6th spot on the list.

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"Most answers are "experts' assessments"; the report does not indicate what kinds of experts, nor their number, nor whether the experts are employees of the Economist Intelligence Unit or independent scholars, nor the nationalities of the experts. "

In other words, a totally subjective ranking based on the opinions of some unknown "experts."

#1 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-01-13 05:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

This is one of those ...

EDITOR: We gotta get our website visit/engagement up ...

JOURNOLIST: I know lets downgrade the US in .... democracy yea yeah thats it.... using "experts"

EDITOR: Ok go with it....

BAYVIKING: Another US flawed because of TRUMP Thread!!!

REST OF DR's IYI's: Yeah yeah America sucks because of Trump SEEEEE, ...

Confirming progressives bias, and getting website hits up ...

Pricelessly Predictable..

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-01-13 05:36 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Another US flawed because of TRUMP Thread!!!

They pretty much write themselves.

#3 | Posted by ClownShack at 2019-01-13 05:43 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Yeah yeah America sucks because of Trump SEEEEE, ...

No, Donald Trump is the epitome of all that is wrong with the human condition. Trumptilians like you elected him to the most powerful human in the world.

The effect on democracy is just one result.

#4 | Posted by truthhurts at 2019-01-13 06:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#1 and #2

Look at these two right wing hacks griping about the conservative publication The Economist. Just priceless.

#5 | Posted by DirkStruan at 2019-01-13 07:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The electoral college elected Trump, not the American people. That is an institution designed specifically to subvert democracy from day one. Trump is not the first, but lets hope he is the last. This problem was not created or caused by Trump. Even Trump thought the electoral college should be eliminated. until it got him elected.

Gerrymandering is another deliberate action to undermine equal value to every vote, which is undemocratic.

Republican vote rigging, through purging of registration lists, misallocation of voting machines making it more difficult to vote in poor districts, use of "proprietary software" and memory sticks to tally vote counts, not to mention deliberate efforts to obstruct recounts.

Most of the problems have little or nothing to do with Trump, but were deliberately built into the constitution. Obvious problems which denied women, slaves and poor people the right to vote have been corrected through legislation, yet persist by design in Republican controlled districts.

#6 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-13 08:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Oh look, comrades Nulli and Andi right on time.

#7 | Posted by SunTzuMeow at 2019-01-13 09:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#1

Babbles Fidianski, Expert Russian Troll.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2019-01-13 10:04 PM | Reply

For the 2nd year???

Really?

What a coincidence! ~ LOL /s

#9 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 12:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

A failed democracy has been Putin's goal for years. Trump is just giving his friend a helping hand.

That's the way it appears anyway. We can only guess at the quid pro quo but knowing Trump, it's money, money and mo' money.

As for the other things, like the way he treats people, Trump is a cruel, insecure and vindictive ego-maniac who needs constant (and apparently insatiable) reinforcement for his flacid (litrally) manhood. He fawns over dictators who already have what he seeks and trys to destroy anybody or anything (like democracy) that threatens his climb to ultimate power ~ the symbol of manhood in his mind.

Of course he's not going to succeed. Because he's also too mentally deranged to carry out his own objectives, let alone Russias. Not to mention that he was never too smart to begin with. In fact, he's not even clever ~ as we can see from the mounting evidence he left in his wake.


#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 04:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

If Trump thought there was going to be honor among thieves, he doesn't know much about politics.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-01-14 06:01 AM | Reply

So many people who key in on the word "flawed" and base their entire opinion on that alone without even reading what it actually means in this report.

#12 | Posted by humtake at 2019-01-14 11:47 AM | Reply

#1 | POSTED BY NULLIFIDIAN

Flawed democracies are nations where elections are fair and free and basic civil liberties are honored but may have issues (e.g. media freedom infringement). These nations have significant faults in other democratic aspects, including underdeveloped political culture, low levels of participation in politics, and issues in the functioning of governance.

Hmmm... voting restrictions and purges, the media is the "enemy of the people", the leader of the government is "proud to shut down" the government...

#13 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2019-01-14 12:41 PM | Reply

Thanks republicans.

#14 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2019-01-14 01:08 PM | Reply

Trump and his Russian-driven knuckle-dragging followers and his FAUXNEws spin-dizzies are putting our country in peril in so many ways. They are very lucky most loyal Americans are law-abiding and not prone to violence or retaliation.

Very lucky indeed because Trumpsters are a MINORITY just the same as people of color and they h8 being reminded of their minority reality.

Since Trumpsters refer to skin minorities by many disrespectful names it is only fair they be referred to as Trump's "TRIGGERS"!!

--- for tat, in-breds.

#15 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2019-01-14 01:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Most answers are "experts' assessments"; the report does not indicate what kinds of experts, nor their number, nor whether the experts are employees of the Economist Intelligence Unit or independent scholars, nor the nationalities of the experts. "

In other words, a totally subjective ranking based on the opinions of some unknown "experts."

#1 | Posted by nullifidian

Yes we know how much right wingers hate experts. You need people to ignore experts and obey preachers and con men.

What kind of EXPERT do you need to tell you the person who gets the most votes should win an election in a functioning democracy?

A third grade EXPERT could figure that one out.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-01-14 01:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Confirming progressives bias, and getting website hits up ...

Pricelessly Predictable..

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris

One way to get webiste hits up is to investigate and report on topic people are interested in.

Another way is to terrorize people about phantom problems like mexican gangs and marxist gun seizures.

One of those is based in reality. The other is your side.

#17 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2019-01-14 01:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Funny with all the fighting we do bring democracy to other countries.... Check it out Boazo... you are losing another one!

#18 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-14 02:13 PM | Reply

"So many people who key in on the word "flawed" and base their entire opinion on that alone without even reading what it actually means in this report."

Why Hummer you old dog! You do have a Brain!

So what if we are "flawed"?

Some of my best China is "flawed". It has these beautiful thin cracks in it that give it authenticity and its own perfection.

So yeah! I am Perfectly Imperfect. Just Like My Country is. A More Perfect Union. (Not a perfect one)

The Japanese have a beautiful name for the concept: Kintsugi - The Art of Precious Scars

But, I just gotta say now that we are on the subject.... being Perfect is not all it's cracked up to be anyway.

Just ask me.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2019-01-14 07:41 PM | Reply

#18, citation needed, we haven't brought democracy anywhere, that's just a cover story.

Of course Boaz is FoS, as usual. With or without experts, we don't have a democracy mainly because of the reasons outlined in #6. Those alleged experts just happen to be right this time, which is the exception.

#20 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-01-14 11:36 PM | Reply

Well after the United States of America was created by the Founding Fathers, it was a slave state, certainly not a democracy. In the U.S., women couldn't vote in national elections until 99 years ago, and racial minorities weren't functionally guaranteed voting rights until 1965 -- with some currently Republican, formerly Democratic states still struggling to keep up racial barriers.

Because of the Electoral College, U.S. citizens aren't permitted to vote for U.S. presidents directly. The number of electoral votes each state gets is based on population -- not the number of its citizens, much less citizens of voting age -- with each state receiving two electoral votes above that, regardless of population. Consequently, again population-wise, just one Wyoming citizen-voter's vote has the electoral weight of the votes of 3.6 California citizen-voters.

Nobody knows how many citizens of voting age reside in each state, the U.S. Census Bureau can only estimate that as 25,002,812 +/- 40,384 for California and 434,584 +/- 2,884 for Wyoming. (See: www.census.gov) But even if those voting-age-citizen estimates are used instead of population, just one Wyoming citizen-voter's vote has the electoral weight of the votes of 3.1 California citizen-voters.

Consequently, as far as U.S. presidential elections go, they're hardly democratic, with a small "d." This all is just one strike against the quality of U.S. democracy.

The U.S. is now ranked 25th on The Economist's democracy index behind Canada (6th) and the U.K. (14th). Not surprising, considering. It is interesting that the top-three rated democracies -- Norway, Iceland and Sweden -- are among those providing their citizens with universal health care and free tertiary education.

The WHO (World Health Organization) ranks the Canada health care system 12th and the U.S. system 24th, and PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) ranks Canadian 15-year-olds well above their United States counterparts in all three categories: math, reading and science.

While it is a fine goal, of course, I can't imagine a thinking person believing U.S. democracy currently deserves to be ranked near the top.

#21 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2019-01-15 08:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

All you have to do is read news articles from other nations covering the current US news to get how severely the world's opinion of us declining... and it doesn't help that all those wars we've engaged in to spread democracy are lost by us time and time again... and the nations... like Vietnam manage to thrive without our precious input.... go figure.

The orange blowhard in office is just icing on the cake.

Thanks a lot republicl°wns

Make America Gag Again.

BTW your presidents haven't won the popular vote in 30 years... more than a generation.

#22 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-01-15 10:05 AM | Reply

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