Politics

Money Lies at the Core of Representational Inequality.

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A demonstrator holds a sign outside the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court heard arguments on campaign finance. [AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File]

The central premise of a democracy is the shared vision of its people. Democracies are based on the conjecture of equality. Private money is causing a fundamental fracture in that very premise, provoking us to change our values and ambitions.

“Although it’s important to protect minority interests from the tyranny of the majority, the problem we face today is the tyranny of the minority.” explains Ganesh Sitaraman in an essay titled “Achieving Democracy” in a book named Democracy Unchained.

When money is denounced as the worst evil of democracy, then what is it that stops our politicians from parting with the same. Political reforms pertaining to lobbying, campaign financing, and other corporate interventions are too slow; therefore, it's easy for corporations to lobby without a hitch. It’s antagonistic to democracy and drains it of its essence. After all, corporations are neither representatives of people, nor are they benevolent to them. Money instead makes the ‘representation deficit’ in politics starker and increasingly tricky for inequality to leave the system. …


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Dismantling Political Polarization.

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Source: Javier Zarracina/Vox.

Political polarization is a dramatic strategy to arouse and outrage the masses. It’s disseminated to fixate the audience on disagreements. Audiences are slow-poisoned, and their standards are lowered to make them incapable of seeing their political opponents as fellow citizens. It is based on forged claims, fictitious promises, and overwhelming provocations. It prevents and distracts people from rationally thinking about others’ concerns or having a comprehensive and wholesome understanding of issues. We need an overriding principle above the partisanship of parties to set a moral code for politics. …


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Are Intrinsic Racism and Deep Polarizations Leading to a Disturbed Society Making America Successively Unattractive for Immigrants?

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https://andrewyal.home.blog/2019/04/16/the-american-dream-dream-or-reality/

Immigrants love the United States for its custom of inclusivity and reception. For a lot of people settling in America is a noteworthy achievement. It’s nothing short of accomplishing one of their most gratifying wishes about which they can boast with pride in their homeland. And, rightly so. However, a country that’s failing its own citizens with intrinsic racism, ugly polarization, Trumpism, and its aftereffects, is losing its charm for many.

The question is for how long America can preserve the democratic and unrestricted flavor that it still has to itself if it keeps undergoing the political turmoil it is facing. It has to stop, and solidarity has to set in, for that sets precedence for more remarkable societal growth. Immigrants don’t come to America alone for the booming economy; they are, in fact, escaping the societal evils in their countries. …


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It Still Got Wounded in The Process.

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http://www.post-gazette.com

America narrowly got saved from the mischief of Trump-dozed chumps who were ready to storm the nation and raid the rights of other citizens under the influence of their bogus leader, Donald Trump. How do we protect the country against this villainous fascist project that has the potential to further damage and degenerate democracy? What do we do of the long shadows that have already been cast on America’s future?

Your votes represent an aggregated social and political position you have taken on issues that were and are close to your heart. Don’t remain under a comfortable delusion that your votes only symbolize the candidate you are choosing. As much as it looks about them on the surface of it, it is not. It is about ‘you and the choice you make.’ It represents you. …


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There Is Still Time to Put Out the Fire of Fascism Lit by Donald Trump.

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Picture Courtesy: The Centre for High Impact Philanthropy, School of Social Policy & Practice, University of Pennsylvania.

For many reasons, I would like to treat Trump separately from the Republican party, leave in peace my urge not to even count him as one of our kind, i.e., human species. However, for the matter of convenience, Trump and his party would remain interchangeable for the rest of this write-up.

The essence of democracy has been turned into a partisan fish market. Adherence to the principles of fair democracy is increasingly becoming a dream, so much so that it’s being breached every day by the president of America himself. Sadly, it is no longer a prerequisite people like to consider while choosing the president of their country. At least, not those who choose to elect or support Donald Trump. Is it difficult to see how he uses his supporters at his convenience and put them under the bus when the real situation arises? A situation when they need their government the most. …


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From Trump Over to Biden.

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Credit: U.S. National Archives

Donald Trump’s antipathy towards normalcy and good in general is known to all of us. Him not acknowledging defeat wasn’t hard to reckon. What wasn’t that straightforward and predictable was the solidarity shown by republican leaders in pampering the spoiled child-in-chief; not even the best of us saw it coming.

While Donald Trump beats his brains out to win a defeated battle, Joe Biden has already been congratulated on his ‘not so impressive’ win by most world leaders. Messages have come from all over the world — from the happiest bunch comprising of Justin Trudeau, Emmanuel Macron, and Angela Merkel to the ‘unhappy gang’ that includes Putin( he has not congratulated Biden yet, he may never do it in the future also), Xi Jinping, Kim Jong Un, Erdogan, Boris Johnson, Bolsonaro and King Salman. In between lies the satisfactory cluster, which consists of Iran, Mexico (though no congratulatory message is yet received from the nation), and South Korea. …


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Unprecedented Times Under an Undignified President.

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Some facts are injurious to narcissism. They disturb the mechanism of self-admiration as narcissists watch their self-made reality being interrupted with real reality. They make an imaginary wall around their distorted reality and assume it is inviolable. Alas! It isn’t. Having been defeated at the ballot is one such actuality Donald Trump is unable to digest. Not admitting defeat is analgesic to his wounds. It is his way of making his loss a little less painful for himself.

There is an utter lack of political maturity. Maturity is “an absence of attempts of anything more than we are, or different from what we are, or in recognition of the fact that we are on solid ground only when we accept giving to our fellow men neither more or less than what is really ours.”,


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Despite Increase in Elections and Number Of Voter Turnouts, Democracy Is Deteriorating.

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Democracy has been gradually declining, notwithstanding an increase in elections and voter turnout. Precisely how markets continue to depict a very positive picture even when the economy slips into recession, given the rising unemployment rates, declining wages, and growing economic inequality. It’s also indicative of the fact that elections alone won’t fix democracy. Despite elections, democracy is not being delivered and rather backsliding.

In the words of David Frum and explanation by David W.Orr, “We are living through the most dangerous challenge to the free government of the United States that anyone alive has encountered. what happens next is up to you and me.” David W. …


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Voting Is Only a Preventive Mask. What We Need Ultimately Is a Vaccine.

Political rights do not end with voting. They only begin with it.

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Source: http://issafrica.org

Elections not only allow people to choose their representatives, but they also give them a chance to fire the ones who turn out to be incompetent. Elections are an excellent way to set procedural accountability. However, it shall not be overlooked that we need more substantive accountability than what results from conducting elections to move from where we currently stand with respect to democracy. It means we need leaders who themselves feel responsible without citizens having to discipline them by reminding of political institutions they have taken oath under and hence must abide by them. It also means we need to convert the political voice of people through voting into a more effective and tangible form of participation. For example, there deserves to be more publicly mobilized commentary and criticism of the judiciary.[1]


He Gets His False Sense of Victory from All of The Above.

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance, it’s the illusion of knowledge.”

Stephen Hawking.

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Julio Cortez/AP Photos

The superficial projection of relatively enhanced civil conduct by Donald Trump last night was probably his last attempt to make himself more likable. A very demagogue-ish thing to do indeed, strategically designed to distract the audience of his flaws. He has been consistently and habitually dishonest about things, so I put little stocks and time in demystifying that projection.

Trump deploys deductive reasoning for almost every argument. There is a central theory that he swears by, and everything is molded to fit that theory. This way, it ceases to look like a fruitful debate after a point and becomes a blinkered way of projecting oneself as the right candidate. It is an excellent tactic to keep the audience confused about what’s happening or distract them from making out the cause and effect of things. …

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Sakshi Kharbanda, Ph.D.

Learner| Researcher| Writer. Writes on Democracy, Capitalism and Inclusion. Fascinated by Mathematics and Mathematicians.

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