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The new autocrats - This will seem very familiar, and should scare you

Poland - In 1989 democracy came, in 2015 that democracy yielded a government determined to use the liberties and powers of a modern democratic state to snuff out independent institutions.

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The Law and Justice Party want a hybrid, and they are systematically tearing down democracy, while at the same time using it to do so.

Twisting democratic structures and principles into tools of oppression and state control. It is also, quite possibly, far more potent and
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enduring than autocracies of old.

As Americans worry about the health of their own democracy, the lesson from abroad is that the decline can come bracingly fast.

It has in Central and Eastern Europe, a region that, three decades ago, was at the vanguard of the last great act of
the 20th century: the triumph of liberal democracy over dictatorship behind the Iron Curtain. Led by young activists, ushered in the supposed end of history.

“It’s not autocracy. It’s neo-autocracy,” said Cristian Parvulescu, dean of the National School of Political Studies and
Public Administration in Romania, a country that critics fear is trending away from the rule of law. “It’s not democracy. It’s post-democracy.”

Some governments in the region, such as Hungary’s, are deep down the road toward indefinite one-party rule. Leaders in other countries,
such as the Czech Republic, only seem to aspire to that sort of absolute authority.

So what's different? These authoritarian leaders, are not squashing (yet) intnl finance, protesting, freedom of the press (for now).

But, ruling politicians and parties have managed to
consolidate power to a degree not seen since the communist era. Supposedly independent institutions — including courts and prosecutor’s offices — have become instruments of political control. Newspapers and television stations are bought up by friendly business executives and
dutifully preach the government’s line.

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Elections still take place, but they are used as justification for the majority to impose its will rather than a chance for the minority to have its say.

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“In every respect, it looks like Europe. But you don’t actually have the freedoms that makes Europe what it is,”

Viktor Orban, President of Hungary

Orban, considered the architect of the region’s new autocratic model, has boasted of his desire to replace outmoded notions of
liberal democracy with “illiberal democracy.”

Romanian Justice Minister Tudorel Toader this year forced the firing of a crusading anti-corruption prosecutor who was investigating top government officials. He has also helped push through legislation that independent authorities
have said will severely limit the power of other prosecutors to hold the powerful to account. “People have the freedom to choose where to travel, where to live, where to work. These are things that people didn’t even dare to dream about under communism,” said the former law
professor who is now seen by critics as an archenemy of the rule of law. “A Romanian can take a plane and go see the Statue of Liberty. You can’t turn him backwards.”

But in the past three years, ever since the right-wing Law and Justice party won elections in Poland, the gov
use the liberties for which he fought to tighten its grip.

Pay attention here folks, see the similarities?

The Law and Justice party has followed a path to remake the Polish courts, arguing that the last vestiges of the communist era need to be purged. Soon after winning the
2015 elections, the party effectively took over the Constitutional Tribunal, packing the court with friendly judges. Then it moved on to the National Council of the Judiciary, giving itself final say over a body that, as Poland’s arbiter of judicial independence, had been
relatively free of political influence.

Finally, it took aim at the Supreme Court.

👊Then, the unexpected: An October ruling by the European Court of Justice temporarily blocked the forced retirements of Supreme Court judges. Local elections, meanwhile, dealt the ruling party
a setback. Late last month, the government retreated, introducing and passing legislation so the judges could keep their jobs. “In general, Polish society loves freedom, it will rebel.”👊

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💥Bottom line: Democracies are picking and choosing what freedoms to keep and taking charge of the underlying rules in an autocratic manner.

Hybrid democracies

It's what's happening here with the GOP, the similarities are blinding.
We must vote, and we must fight for the
constitution and our freedoms.
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