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.
Twisting democratic structures and principles into tools of oppression and state control. It is also, quite possibly, far more potent and
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
“It’s not autocracy. It’s neo-autocracy,” said Cristian Parvulescu, dean of the National School of Political Studies and
Some governments in the region, such as Hungary’s, are deep down the road toward indefinite one-party rule. Leaders in other countries,
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
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
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
But in the past three years, ever since the right-wing Law and Justice party won elections in Poland, the gov
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
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
It's what's happening here with the GOP, the similarities are blinding.
We must vote, and we must fight for the