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Europe is slowly strangling the
life out of national democracy

Telegraph [UK], by Peter Oborne

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Posted By:Attercliffe, 1/2/2014 9:03:37 AM

Every so often one comes across a book, a poem or a work of art that is so original, perfectly crafted, accurate and true that you can’t get it out of your head. [Snip] Written by the political scientists Richard Katz and Peter Mair, and called “The Emergence of a Cartel Party”, it immediately explained almost everything that had perplexed me as a lobby correspondent: the unhealthy similarity between supposedly rival parties; the corruption and graft that has become endemic in modern politics; the emergence of a political elite filled with scorn and hostility towards ordinary voters.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Mobyclik, 1/2/2014 9:27:40 AM     (No. 9676542)

All during my read of the article, I kept asking myself, ´Is he writing about Europe or America?´ Both places are swimming in the sewer, but Europe is just drowning a little faster than us. But we´re trying to catch up.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: nycvoter, 1/2/2014 9:28:05 AM     (No. 9676543)

this is exactly what we have here. this is global fsacism.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: killerbee, 1/2/2014 9:53:22 AM     (No. 9676587)

"Cartel Party", the perfect term. It explains exactly what the GOP Establishment and the Democrats have become. Quicker to write, too.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: seamusm, 1/2/2014 10:05:10 AM     (No. 9676609)

So are we (The U.S. and Europe) doomed to need another ´French Revolution´ to rid us of our elite politicians and bureaucrats? Even if this is true I think this will cycle repeatedly as long as politicians can be elected by one group to steal the property of another.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: richwill, 1/2/2014 10:33:15 AM     (No. 9676660)

Mark Styen has a excellent book called "America Alone."

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Reply 6 - Posted by: lasvegaslou, 1/2/2014 10:34:51 AM     (No. 9676665)

INMHO, this is an important piece and everyone should read it. It´s about Europe but it applies to the US as well because the same thing is happening here. I can´t believe that Americans will just sit around and let our Country devolve into a nation of nothing more than slaves. That is where are rapidly heading. Every day, Washington becomes more and more powerful and the populace loses more and more freedom.

What do we do about it? We sit around and call for term limits. Get real, people! Do you seriously think that those with the power are going to vote to give it up?

I hope that the serious people of this Country finally reach the point where they bow their back and rise up en mass as the with Duck Dynasty dust up. It could happen. The tipping point will eventually be reached.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: RUReadyY3K, 1/2/2014 11:06:50 AM     (No. 9676725)

As already observed, this is happening here too. Unfortunately it won´t stop until the center left majority quits acting like sheep. We have factions in the Republican party more intent on bashing other Republicans than on winning elections. Sadly, I don´t see any turn around in 2014 or 2016. I guess I am no longer an optimist.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FenwayFrank, 1/2/2014 11:49:22 AM     (No. 9676774)

Australia seems to have turned back from the abyss, while the EU is ready to leap in. It would be very instructive for the USA and the EU to see how the Aussies rid themselves of elitist trash.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lavalette, 1/2/2014 12:15:31 PM     (No. 9676796)

Slavery is the natural condition of fallen man, whether under Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Caesar, Hitler, or the EU bureaucracy. “Democracy,” by which is meant a republican form of government, only arose on earth as a consequence of the Protestant Reformation. Since western man has rejected God and the Bible, western man is sinking into slavery. Neither UKIP nor the Tea Party will reverse this until there is repentance and a return to the Christian faith.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: absalom, 1/2/2014 1:51:25 PM     (No. 9676910)

Europe has had a very limited democratic tradition; far shorter than the USA; as it´s political heritage is Monarchy, not democracy. Indeed, the current disconnect between the elected and electing, starkly reminds of the era proceeding the French Revolution. As Santayana observed,"Those who forget history, are condemned to repeat it."

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