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The prospects of a post-democratic world

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17.06.2021

The world at large may not have noticed but as I write this article, and in fact ever since the humiliating defeat of Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, the Republican Party has been actively working to dismantle the democratic foundations of the United States by – among other means – systematically limiting people’s voting rights.

The more Americans vote, the more reactionary white Republicans feel threatened by the prospect of full democracy and the more aggressive they become in their efforts to quash the will of the people.

Just two weeks ago, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell coordinated his Republican colleagues to block the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 attack on the US capitol by a mob of Trump supporters determined to overturn the result of the presidential election.

If this attempted coup had happened in any other country, we would have swiftly classified it as what it actually is – a tinpot dictator’s violent attack on the people’s democratic will. In the US, however, the massive machinery of the Republican Party is working at both state and federal levels to push this atrocity under the rug and sustain the delusion of democracy.

The violent end of Trump’s presidency was the last indication, if anyone needed any more indications, that democracy in America is exclusively for white people who believe in white supremacy. If these heavily armed and violent white people cannot have their way, then they will burn down the very foundations of this country’s claim to democracy.

It is in the same vein that the Republicans are now actively engaged in introducing voter suppression bills to prevent significant parts of the population from having a say in their own future. This is nothing but a repeat of the Jim Crow laws that were put in place in the late 19th and early 20th centuries to prevent African Americans from exercising their hard-earned voting rights.

As evident in the case of legislation recently introduced in Texas, Republicans are also trying to make it much easier for judges to overturn the results of an election – something Trump and his gang of corrupt lawyers led by the former mayor of New York, Rudy Giuliani, tried but failed to do after Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

The Republicans, in short, are making sure that only white Americans, or more accurately, white supremacist Republicans, get to vote. And, if any others manage to slip through and........

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