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What I find as interesting about this chart as its contents is the label at the top: "#LIBERAL WOMEN"

Labour may in part* be more 'liberal' than the current Conservative party, but it is not a Liberal party...

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*It still has its more authoritarian, "law'n'order!" tendencies. Image
...indeed, the chart itself 👇 suggests that "the women of Wakefield" support the Liberal Democrats LESS than the men.

This rather American(?) conflation of "left" and "liberal" in both language and assumption is a form of #CategoryError - in large part due to the insistence... Image
...on the all-too #binary 'left/right' framing that fails to encompass many nuances within politics.

That UK-level choices prefer only two 'parties of Government' does not entirely reflect either sentiment or ground reality, as the local government layer in England indicates... Image
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A great & timely read: 'Spin Dictators: The Changing Face of Tyranny in the 21st Century', by Sergei Guriev & Daniel Treisman.

How a new breed of dictators hold power by manipulating information & faking democracy.

Does Britain have a #SpinDictator?

press.princeton.edu/books/hardcove…
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Over the past 40 years or so, the face of dictatorship has changed a great deal. Could Britain's increasingly antidemocratic & authoritarian Government mean Britain could be joining the likes of Hungary, Turkey & Rwanda in becoming an autocracy?

ft.com/content/ff7574…
The most notorious tyrants of the 20th century, including Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong & Idi Amin, ruled by means of mass violence, cults of personality, rigid ideological conformity, all-encompassing censorship & the exclusion of unwelcome foreign influences from their countries.
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In 2020, the independent Sweden-based 'Varieties of Democracy Institute' ranked #Rwanda 150th out of 179 countries on its Index of Liberal Democracy - it's clearly #authoritarian. 🤬

But UK Govt Social mobility Tsar Birbalsingh says it's "lovely"! 😬

So who's right? 🤔
This article by Alexander Dukalskis, an expert on authoritarian states & international human rights, is about the multiple ways that authoritarian states – countries where the leadership maintains power by non-democratic means – manage their image abroad.

theconversation.com/how-authoritar…
To manage their image abroad, authoritarian states like #Rwanda try to advance a favourable narrative about themselves.

They do things like hire PR firms to produce positive content, disseminate #propaganda, & cultivate friendly foreigners who can speak on their behalf. 😬
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THREAD| Key #narratives spread by Russian governmental organisations and #propagandists. #Russia’s ‘humanitarian assistance’, ‘Selfish West that does not think about the prosperity of the Global South’ and more ⬇️
🗣️Ukrainian people need humanitarian assistance but the #West sends them #weapons instead - says #Zakharova
💭Let’s make it look like we help people, care about the consequences, and let's try to shift attention away from the causes
🗣️There are #US-funded #biolabs in #Ukraine (see more at @StopFakingNews, @EUvsDisinfo)
💭Let’s appeal to all #conspiracytheories abroad to shift the attention, it seems to be working

#disinformation #RussianPropaganda
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*THREAD*
Ok, ok... wait... hold on. I know what you're thinking. Why should I read this.

#trust

Ok, so, if Durham is right, this literally supports what we know, and at best, is meaningless, at worst, is horrifically damning for trump.
Source:cnn.com/2022/02/14/pol…
In this article, Durham states that Clinton passed information to the CIA about Russians being in contact with the trump campaign. Yes, we knew this.

He goes on to say that they specifically named trump as the contact. Yes, that was laid out. We knew this.
The Clinton campaign reached out to federal authorities witj intel they obtained from foreign officials who were surveilling Russian activity. That is specifically how the feds got involved in monitoring the trump campaign directly. They followed known Russian asset.
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1) IMPORTANT THREAD – Know who your real enemy is. It’s undeniable that our society has never been more divided than it’s today and that very strange things are happening as a result of the #COVID19 pandemic. The left has never leaned more to the right and vice versa.
2) Discrimination is being institutionalised while #Corporatrocracy now controls every aspect of our lives. The world leaders promote and protect the big corporations, the pharma industry in particular, while the poorer become even more poor and marginalised.
3) In this context, the #MSM are playing a crucial role by keeping fear & division on a constantly high level, fueling an endless conflict between those who have doubts about the narrative & restrictions and those who actually accept both. The #antivaxxers against the #provax.
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I feel deeply humbled by the opportunity that I could participate and talk at this weekend's #FutureofDemocracy Forum, the official side event of the #SummitforDemocracy organized by the @LithuaniaMFA in Vilnius.
A rather long THREAD 1-10.
#FoDVilnius2021
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My main message was that a #DemocracyAgenda focusing mostly on the malicious external interference of #authoritarian great powers and #AuthoritarianEncroachment can be easily doomed to fail for a simple reason.
futureofdemocracyforum.com
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External #ForeignMeddling is only in a small-part responsible for #autocratization and #illiberal developments in the Western World. The main drivers of autocratization in #EU & #NATO countries are overwhelmingly domestic.
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The always prescient @BrynnTannehill, author of American Fascism, tells hard truths about democracy's end that most institutions, political leaders & media aren't willing to face.damemagazine.com/2021/10/18/sle… @froomkin @NormOrnstein @Heidi_Cuda @jennycohn1 @TheBradBlog @sarahkendzior
In her book, she predicted that unless there were strong #votingrights laws, #filibuster reform,aggressive prosecution of Trump & his top cronies leading to prison then this authoritarian nightmare was almost certain to take place, starting in 2025. Is she wrong? @NormOrnstein
@stuartpstevens explains how the GOP became a white grievance party on @BulwarkOnline
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#AndrewYang and #KrystalBall have long conversation, on #YangSpeaks (now #Forward) about his new party (arguably NOT a party), what it will do, and why.

#YangGang have been waiting for definitive answers. Well, your wait is... not really over😵‍💫
What do I mean by that? Well...

@AndrewYang said he IS starting a new party...
BUT he "answered" the question of whether the Forward party would run candidates by saying it will back #Democrats and #Republicans who align with Forward policy...
open.spotify.com/episode/0XZgPT…
He said he is forming a new party because he doesn't believe changing #election rules in favor of more parties is likely to happen from within the #duopoly...

BUT, they're going to back duopoly candidates, and didn't mention running their own...
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Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh or cry (with laughter).

By the time #VaccinePassports are ready, they will be absolutely pointless! Because, as we've said all along, once enough folks have been #vaccinated there'll be no need for them...

telegraph.co.uk/news/2021/04/0… Image
...'cos that's the whole *point* of #HerdImmunity (done the right way), unless the Government's going to start demanding we have #MMRpassports, #FluPassports and the like?

This latest bit of #COVIDtheatre just turned into #farce - unless, of course, there's an ulterior motive...
...like, for example, @DCMS's current push to get everyone to adopt its risible #DigitalIdentity "#TrustFramework":
gov.uk/government/pub…

or @GDSTeam's "#SingleSignOn", the architecture of which looks suspiciously like a #NationalIdentityRegister:

insidegovuk.blog.gov.uk/2021/01/07/the… Image
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I don't do this often so please bear with me. Here's a thread about the alarming developments in #Greece & #New_Democracy's hard-right/#authoritarian turn.👇This photo by D. Tosidis (credit: EPA-EFE; Source:
ANA-MPA) can act as an intro to the thread. 0/ webgate.epa.eu/webgate?EVENT=…
So, is #New_Democracy govt driving #Greece towards democratic backsliding? Today after we witnessed yesterday's disgraceful images of #police brutally attacking & arresting protesting students inside the country’s biggest university is a sadly fitting day to pose the question. 1/
If we take #Hungary & #Poland as exemplary cases in the literature & as points of comparison, the answer is likely to be yes. The most common symptoms of democratic backsliding mentioned by scholars seem to be manifesting in #Greece since July 2019 with disturbing consistency. 2/
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THREAD: With TWO WEEKS until Election Day, we need to talk about #HowFascismWorks. Philosopher @jasonintrator saw it coming - and his book lays out the warning signs.

Follow along and find more ways to fight back at fckyourfascism.com! (1/12)
Fascists are *obsessed* about a perfect past. Sound familiar?

*cough cough* MAGA? 🙄

Say F off to simplistic stories about American greatness, and learn to love America’s big beautiful mess. Check out projects like @ZinnEdProject to spice up your knowledge (2/12)
Fascists are 🌊FLOODING our feeds with #misinformation like never before, and it’s coming all the way from the top.

Follow campaigns like @wewinblack @ColorOfChange and @snopes that are checking the facts and attacking the #disinformation machine head-on. (3/12)
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We need to talk about just how corrupt we've allowed #democracy in #America to become, to the point it isn't democracy in many respects. And we need to stop #partisan squabbling and get to fixing it before we end up a one-party state, like #China. Thread👇
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In 2019, writing the decision for Common Cause v. Rucho, Chief Justice Roberts closed off the federal courts as an avenue for addressing partisan #gerrymandering, instead telling citizens to propose state constitutional amendments.
In many states, with statehouses #gerrymandered beyond reach of the people, or otherwise beholden to special interests, these citizen-amendments are the only avenue left for addressing #democracy reform and other policy concerns.
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people had been “jailed or detained for speaking out” against the official line in this “#opaque, #authoritarian, #military-style society, under the control of one person’s will,”

@AiWeiwei’s #Covid19 lockdown film traces #China’s ruthless efficiency hongkongfp.com/2020/09/20/ai-…
#Coronation” by @aiww examines the political specter of Chinese #CCP state control from the first to the last day of the #Wuhan lockdown. The film records the state’s brutally efficient, militarized response to control the #virus.

#CCPvirus #WuhanVirus

vimeo.com/449747764
#Coronation” by @aiww clearly depicts the #Chinese crisis management and social control machine—through #surveillance, ideological #brainwashing, and brute determination to control every aspect of society.

#CCPvirus #WuhanVirus #COVID19 #CoronaVirus

aiweiwei.com/coronation
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1991 #Newsweek David Rockefeller ... "We are on the verge of a Global Transformation. All we need is the major CRISIS, and nations will accept New World Order"
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Rockefeller also said
... "To bring about worldwide condition of things (events) which will accept a new world order"
David Rockefeller, Leader of
Council on Foreign relations
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#TheLeft (reshape global order thru china) agenda

Mar 2020 ... The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order. China is maneuvering for international leadership during the coronavirus crisis as the United States falters
foreignaffairs.com/articles/china…
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In Belarus 🇧🇾, Three Women Unite To Fight Strongman Lukashenko

"Three women have teamed up to fight presidential polls in #Belarus, pitting "female solidarity" against strongman #AlexanderLukashenko, who insists the country is not ready...

dailysabah.com/world/europe/3…
...for a woman president. 🙄 #Lukashenko is standing for a sixth term in August 9 polls in the authoritarian country bordering Russia and the European Union.
The vote's result is in little doubt given his total dominance of previous elections, not recognised as free or fair...
...by Western observers. Law enforcement forces detained hundreds at opposition protests this week and three prominent opposition figures are in custody."

"But the contest has been shaken up by the decision of one woman, #SvetlanaTikhanovskaya, to stand for president...
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#Storytelling.

Tonight I'm going to share highlights from the 2010 "Scenarios for the Future of Technology & Int'l Development" report produced by The Rockefeller Foundation & Global Business Network. Not just the "Lock Step" scenario, but all 4 scenarios. [54 page report]
Following Event 201 (Oct 18 2019), we must concede that the ruling class has been gifted with phenomenal and prophetic intuitions & insights. (They truly are the chosen ones.) Thus it is worthwhile, even mandatory, to study their scenario exercises & simulations.
"We believe that scenario planning has great potential for use in philanthropy to identify unique interventions... scenario planning allows us to achieve impact more effectively." [p 4]
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Next up in the 🐙 series is Licio Gelli:

The fascist “businessman” who became the 'puppet master' of the sinister right-wing organisation, P2 or “Propaganda Due”
“A fascist sympathiser, 18-year-old Gelli fought for General Franco in the Spanish Civil War before serving with Hitler’s SS troops in Italy during the second World War.”

irishtimes.com/news/world/eur…
“When the Nazi German forces began to lose ground to the Allies in Italy in 1944, he began to supply key information about Nazi troop movements to the Italian partisan resistance fighters, thus ensuring his own post-war survival.”

irishtimes.com/news/world/eur…
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I spent yesterday writing for my book on #WinnersLosers w/ @nicolas_lamp about the coronavirus and different ways it implicates debates about economic globalisation.

I think it's going to become one of the touchstones of this debates. It can be read in so many different ways-1
There is the #geoeconomic angle which emphasises the problems of concentrated economic interdependence eg Australian higher education reliance on Chinese students - in some cases 70%+ come from China and make up almost a quarter of university budgets.
bloomberg.com/news/features/…
There is also the #geoeconomic angle which emphasises US vulnerability in relying on Chinese manufacturing production for more than 80% of its medicines, including 97% of its antibiotics.

washingtonpost.com/health/2020/02…
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Story of a important man in history who got pretty much sadly forgoten😔. As one of the biggedt resistance of Hitler. So I write this also in his memorial

PLEASE SHARE

So I resarched a bit about

Carl Albert Fritz Michael Gerlich
Carl Albert Fritz Michael Gerlich. Born February 15, 1883 in Szczecin in a Calvinist family with four brothers; Died July 1, 1934 in the #Dachau #concentrationcamp. He studied mathematics and physics in 1902. History and anthropology in 1903.
In 1907 he received his doctorate in philosophy (Dr.Phil). In addition to his work as a historian in the Bavarian State Archives Service, he published numerous articles on anti-socialist and ethnic-#German-conservative topics in the southern German monthly magazines.
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The Council for National Policy #CNP, "The Secret Society"
web.archive.org/web/2012102019…
"the heart of a great conservative movement that helped to make America strong and prosperous in the 20th century – now helping to ensure she remains free and secure in the 21st century,"
Some CNP members - Mike Pence comes quickly to mind - in the context of bolstering their conservative credentials, have proudly revealed their CNP membership, even though CNP's policy is to keep membership a secret. Here is it's 2014 Membership, the latest splcenter.org/sites/default/…
#CNP's tentacles include well-connected activists who advocate for the imposition of fundamentalist Christian ideology in public life and have succeeded in forcing their agenda in republican administrations. A list of organizations working with CNP web.archive.org/web/2012020417…
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