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The future of democracy in America

October 15th, 2012 (09:13 pm)

This is not a subject upon which I intend to pontificate, beyond recalling the granite faces which looked upon my visiting American students when I asked them to question terminology such as 'founding fathers' and consider who and what the Constitution of 1787 was intended to protect or advance. Instead, I refer you to Anatol Lieven and this article at Open Democracy, originally published by Thesiger's.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/549289.html.


Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: October 16th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)

I've never really understood the quasi-deification of the founding fathers and the instiling of patriotism at schools in that way scares me (and I'm far from being anti-patriotism).

Very interesting, but it made me think: even though I would never in a million years vote Republican, I can't understand why the Tea Party is seen in Europe as Absolute Evil, while the BBC and The Guardian insist that the Muslim Brotherhood is misunderstood and is a decent, non-theocratic, non-militant organization, even though it has been making worrying noises about revoking the peace treaty with Israel. If we're talking about militant, conservative, theologically-motivated threats to democracy, I'd be far more concerned about them.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: October 16th, 2012 11:48 am (UTC)

I don't think the Tea Party are seen as absolute evil, just bewildering and damaging to political health. The Muslim Brotherhood are bewildering, but less obviously damaging than the Salafists etc.