“Bolsonaro’s New Ally in Questioning Brazil’s Elections: The Military” – Jack NICAS

The New York Times, June 12, 2022 Despite little evidence of past fraud, President Jair Bolsonaro has long raised doubts about Brazil’s electoral process. Now the military is expressing similar concerns. RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil has for months consistently trailed in the polls ahead of the country’s crucial presidential race.… Continue lendo “Bolsonaro’s New Ally in Questioning Brazil’s Elections: The Military” – Jack NICAS

“The fascist destruction of legality: then and now” – Federico FINCHELSTEIN

Magazine of the European Observatory on Memories, ISSN 2565-2931 | DL B 27726-2017 Federico Finchelstein is Professor of History, New School for Social Research and Eugene Lang College It would seem as if authoritarians and post-fascists have a long memory of previous destructions of democracy but they also want to differentiate themselves from the fascist… Continue lendo “The fascist destruction of legality: then and now” – Federico FINCHELSTEIN

“Autocrats feel increasingly threatened by democracy” – Kenneth Roth | HRW Chief

Agencia EFE, 13 January 2022 Autocratic regimes globally have been adopting defensive strategies amid widespread discontent and have used the pandemic to quell dissent, Kenneth Roth executive director of Human Rights Watch told Efe on occasion of the watchdog’s yearly report. QUESTION: Is there any reason to believe that democracy could topple existing dictatorships? ANSWER:… Continue lendo “Autocrats feel increasingly threatened by democracy” – Kenneth Roth | HRW Chief

“Plot to Overturn the Election”: Frontline PBS documentary

A similar coup attempt is highly likely to take place in Brazil amidst this year's presidential election, in October. The Capitol invasion, though it has failed, is a precious example for the Bolsonaros and their armed militias. No matter if Bolsonaro loses in the first or the second round, no matter if the difference is… Continue lendo “Plot to Overturn the Election”: Frontline PBS documentary

How to build an authoritarian regime (and how to stop one) — Timothy SNYDER

People are overwhelmed by new ideas brought upon by new technologies. Could new media—like the internet—ruin the world before rebuilding it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_fcX6zIu44 Get ready for a rocky century: there was 150 years after the book was invented before the Great Enlightenment. Timothy Snyder is the Levin Professor of History at Yale University and the author… Continue lendo How to build an authoritarian regime (and how to stop one) — Timothy SNYDER

Bernard-Henri Lévy vs. Aleksandr Dugin | Nexus Symposium (2019)

On 21 September 2019, the Nexus Institute — one of the most prestigious intellectual organizations keeping the spirit of European humanism alive — celebrated its 25th anniversary with a public symposium entitled ‘The Magic Mountain Revisited: Cultivating the Human Spirit in Dispirited Times’, after the founding novel of the Nexus Institute, Thomas Mann’s The Magic… Continue lendo Bernard-Henri Lévy vs. Aleksandr Dugin | Nexus Symposium (2019)

Why are autocrats popular? – Assault on democracy | DW Documentary

A wave of authoritarianism is churning from East to West and assailing civil society. Autocrats are threatening democracy, while their regimes portray NGOs as Trojan horses for foreign interference. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWOlugUj4Qk The resurgence of authoritarianism is impacting countries across the globe, no matter what their form of government. "In the Crosshairs of the State" documents this… Continue lendo Why are autocrats popular? – Assault on democracy | DW Documentary

“Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)

The New York Times, July 5 2019 It should be no surprise that humans cannot sustain it. “Why do democracies fail?” We’ve heard that question a lot in the past few years, in books, on opinion pages and cable news shows, and in an increasingly anxious public debate. But I almost always find myself answering… Continue lendo “Democracy is for the gods” (Costica Bradatan)