United States Doesn't Even Make Top 20 on Global Democracy Index

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      eridani
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      https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/01/11/united-states-doesnt-even-make-top-20-global-democracy-index

      The ranking is based on 60 indicators spanning five interrelated categories: electoral process and pluralism; civil liberties; the functioning of government; political participation; and political culture. Each category gets a 0-10 score, with the final score being the average of those five.

      Topping out the index are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, New Zealand, and Denmark. They are each declared “full democracies,” as their scores, all above 9.22, were easily above the 8.2 threshold. With a final score of 7.96, the United States, in contrast, earned the “flawed democracy” label. The country’s highest score was 8.22, which it earned back in 2006 and again in 2008.

      North America still holds the claim for the highest average score of any region, but that’s thanks to Canada’s 9.15, which landed it the number 6 spot overall. Twenty countries (12 percent) were designated as full democracies, 14 of which are located in Western Europe.

      Rounding out the bottom of the list, meanwhile, are Chad, the Central African Republican, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Syria, and North Korea, with scores identifying them as “authoritarian regimes.”

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      Rex
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      We cannot have real elections until we deal with the corruption in government.

      Forcing people to work without pay is akin to slavery.

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      peacecorps
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      Twenty countries (12 percent) were designated as full democracies, 14 of which are located in Western Europe.

      … the U.S. doesn’t even make the list of top 20—its demonstrably “flawed democracy” notching it the 25th spot.

      Interesting that Western Europe does so well comparison to other regions. Canada and New Zealand do well too. 

      The Big Lie: "Make the lie big, Make it simple, Keep saying it, And eventually they will believe it." AH.

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      National issues (slavery/racism, income inequality, pandemics and pathetic health care, weak unions) are not solved with more states' rights. Global problems (climate change, migration, trade, war, pandemics) are not solved with more nationalism.

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      Yanath
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      They’re being generous. Policy and legislation in the US are specifically designed to facilitate profit, which is the definition of corruption. The US is demonstrably an oligarchy. Further, it advances despotism in many other countries, as well.

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