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Democracy explains the rise of this form of government and how women and minorities struggled for and won democratic rights for themselves. In clear prose, author James Laxer relates the story of the replacement of Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe by ostensibly democratic political systems. In some of these countries, he argues, democracy has flourished, while in others authoritarianism is on the rise. Showcasing examples from all over the world, the book examines the current status of democracy in both developed and developing nations. Throughout, Laxer demonstrates that democracy is about much more than the right to vote, warning readers that globalization and the widening gap between rich and poor threatens to weaken democracy and the vigor of democratic regimes -- even in countries where it has been long established. Only sustainable environmental policies and basic economic fairness, says Laxer, offer hope for democracy's survival.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2009.
ISBN: 9780888999122
Characteristics: 143 p. ;,19 cm.


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Feb 18, 2019

The Democracy we live in is like a theater, where the mostly dumb public is the audience, the Parties are the actors, and hidden in the background there is a Director (a hidden force) who manipulates the play, to make the audience react the way he wants it. The Director uses the Media as a Narrator to influence the public's mind and make it turn away from one particular actor and toward another one, who is the Director's favorite for making a turn in a certain direction in the play. The sponsorship scandal was one of the famous fake pretexts to undermine the Liberal actor, to make the audience pick rather the Con Servative one. But the case was dug up 8 years after the fact, and only the expense was mentioned with big hay-ho, and it was not mentioned that the Liberals actually saved Canada from being split in two. When there is hidden purpose, there are lies or omissions or distortions, and the public should (but does not) think to see thru the gimmick. The majority of voters are dumb or senile or ignorant, easy to influence. At present a similar concentrated campaign has started again here against the Liberals and PM Trudeau, obviously to bring back the Con Servatives, who will start to attack again the rights of minorities. OK, democracy is a rigged game, a manipulated game, and to finish my comment and make you think, I will tell you what I read in a book titled: "This Was Expo." In 1967 there was a world fair in Montreal, and in the Czech pavilion a movie was screened about the adventures of a certain Mr. Novak. The audience was allowed to vote at intervals (with buttons in the arms of their seats) on how in some situation Mr. Novak should decide to continue. And no matter how the public voted, the end of the story was always the same. That was a very wise parody of our democracy. Peoples' selfish interests clash in the democracy game, but the result gradually leads to a preplanned end. For the moment, though, I would suggest you to vote for Trudeau next time as well, because the present all-out campaign to undermine his image too obviously aims at bringing back the Con Servatives, who will again, as they did recently, attack minorities' rights and incite conflict between social groups. And when there is crisis, we might say farewell to our democracy, as dictatorship will kick in. And according to the Media, the dummy public is already talking in favor of voting rather for the Con Servatives, although they don't know their platform yet - the Muggle, non-thinking crowd falls for the manipulators and gossipers like fools and forget the recent past, when one of the ruling Con Servatives' ministers called on employers to give jobs preferentially to "Home Grown" Canadians. And the Con Servatives wanted to take away minorities rights, and lost to Trudeau because of that. And now again there is a hole in the Muggle crowd's mind and they don't see the concentrated manipulating campaign that wants to bring back those Con Servatives. Oh, my.

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