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HOW TO DEFEND DEMOCRACY

19-03-2017

With Vladimir Putin in Russia, Donald Trump in America and Recep Erdogan in Turkey. the post war world order is confronted with new forms of autocracy,- in addition to the regimes in China, North Korea and the Middle-East. With populism rampant in several European countries, autocracy may be within easier reach. Just watch how the Brexit tragedy is unfolding in Great Britain, or shall we say in England and Scotland.  For those of us, who still believe in democracy as the most viable political system, we must try to learn from the cruel and violent twentieth century how to defend and save democracy. Timothy Snyder's 20 lessons are worth reading and following up. You can find the lessons below under document 63.pdf.


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Frans A.M. Alting von Geusau

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Since 1989, we refer to the whole post-war period as the “Cold War Era”. Such was not the case in 1968. At the time, the Cold War – in our perception – was behind us. We no longer felt to be in the midst of it. Europeans on the Western side of the Iron Curtain0 felt relatively at ease with Europe’s division. The era of Détente as we called it, was0 considered to be a fairly stable and long-lasting political condition, even after Soviet tanks crushed Dubcek’s socialism with a human face in Pragu

Footprints of the 20th Century

Footprints of the 20th Century - Third Edition

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The peaceful collapse of the Soviet totalitarian, communist system has been a watershed of historic proportions in Europe and the world. In 1989, unexpectedly, Communism and the Cold War were behind us, they were bad and should be forgotten. The immediate post-1989 world presented itself as a new era of organised forgetting, as neither East nor West were interested in examining the prolonged period of acquiescence in absurdities.