Could the US become a democratic dictatorship?

China calls itself a democratic dictatorship, so it looks like the title’s question is a very odd one to ask. You can find various indices that measure countries on a line with dictatorship at one end and democracy at the other.

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‘Farewell David Davis, you were a visionary, prepared to look so very far beyond the boundaries of the real or the legally possible’

What a tragedy then, for David Davis, for Theresa May, for us, for Britain, for Europe and for the world that, so close to the finish line, the Brexit secretary has decided that the prime minister’s vision for Brexit being so different to his own, it cannot be he that delivers it.

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Owen Jones: Protest against what Donald Trump represents, not who he is | Owen Jones

The US president wants his theatrics to distract us. Instead, let’s focus on the hatred he epitomises

The mass protests must be as much about Trumpism as against the US president himself as he lands in Britain today. One of the dangers since Donald Trump became president is that it becomes all about him – his attention-seeking theatrics, his latest social media grenades thrown into cyberspace. Some of the establishment opposition has focused on Trump’s vulgarity, his manners, that he is somehow unpresidential, rather than his political substance and what he represents. As Naomi Klein explained in her book No Is Not Enough, the Trump performance becomes a distraction from scrutinising the dangerous political forces and economic interests he represents.

That Trump is somehow sullying an office previously held by respectable men of good character is a lie in any case. A succession of presidents have unleashed horror on the world in the last 50 years: backing or orchestrating bloody foreign coups; the slaughter in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia; the US-backed death squads in Central America whose victims ranged from nuns to leftists; the killing fields of Iraq; the destruction of Libya; the indiscriminate drone strikes.

The protests must not see Trump as a pantomime villain, but as the representative of a dangerous global movement

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