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Mon Jul 20, 2020, 05:32 PM

It's not just America and American Democracy at stake this year...

It's the future of democracy around the world, and possibly the future of life on earth...

This is from 2019, with the coronavirus accelerating these trends now...

"A total of 68 countries suffered a decline in political rights and civil liberties during the past 12 months, with only 50 countries registering any progress in these areas, it said. "

“Challenges to democracy in the United States have outsized effects beyond American borders,” Mr Abramowitz added. “Other nations watch what is happening in the United States and take cues from its leaders’ behaviour. The ongoing deterioration of American democracy will accelerate the decline of democracy around the world.”

“If the balance continues to tip towards dictatorship, the free societies that remain could find themselves isolated in a more dangerous and chaotic world,” said Sarah Repucci, a senior director at Freedom House.

- https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/democracy-freedom-house-annual-report-civil-liberties-authoritarian-donald-trump-us-a8763196.html

And without the leadership of the United States, as well as more of the world sinking into authoritarianism (especially right wing, science denying...) how can there be any cooperative global leadership to fight climate change?

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