America’s Democratic Decline Really Matters

Written By: - Date published: 11:57 am, July 4th, 2021 - 48 comments
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With the United States Supreme Court allowing individual states to choke voting rights into bare consciousness, that country is accelerating its democratic decline. That matters for every democracy including ours.

Closer to home, Samoa’s democracy is rapidly downgrading, with self-entitled elites actively sustaining their reign. Three by-elections now will decide its fate.

Every year for the past 15 years according to Freedom House, far more countries have had declines in political rights than have seen gains. But 2016-2020 was the first five year period since 1974 when more countries abandoned democracy than got it: 12 up, 7 down. See: Wikipedia Democracy Index.Also:

The lights are dimming in Brazil, India, Mexico and Poland. Tyrants killed civil rights off near-completely in Hungary, the Philippines, Turkey, and Venezuela. Hong Kong democracy has been crushed through Chinese CCP tyranny. Georgia now barely has a rule of law with the Georgian Dream Party. Myanmar’s military just shot, killed and imprisoned any elected leader at all.

El Salvador’s just had an executive coup. Peru’s democracy is gearing for civic breakdown as the hard right and hard left face off with a wafer-thin majority.

As journalist and historian Anne Applebaum has observed, fictitious claims of fraud and “stop the steal” fanatics are now common means for autocratic populists to obstruct democratic results.

The campaign waged by the US Republicans and their President Trump was a powerful global signal: corrode and destroy the power of the media, public sector and the citizen to limit their rule.

Australia and New Zealand are now two of the last strong democracies left in the Southern Hemisphere. We must call out the US democratic corrosion, because democracy better than any other system provides absolute and contestable proof that citizens alone assent to the power wielded over them.

Whether your voting preference is towards stability, change, collectivity, individuality, wealth dispersal or centralization, a well-functioning democratic process is what enables you to have that same preference enacted.

Trump and his Republicans and Republican-aligned media have fast degraded its standing. Recovery is less than likely now. Yet no other country so actively promoted democracy worldwide as the US did since WW2, then since African postcolonialism, then since the fall of the Soviet bloc – so when they decline fast that decline matters to the whole democratic world.

If the remaining strong democracies such as New Zealand don’t actively speak into the mainstream media to support pro-democratic forces in the United States and Samoa and elsewhere, our foundational democratic ideals will become a rare, lonely, and wasted tragedy of virtuous civic leadership. If not us, who? If not now, when?

When we don’t use our pro-democratic voice, others lose it even faster.

48 comments on “America’s Democratic Decline Really Matters ”

  1. Bazza64 1

    Australia might be the only true democracy if NZ goes for the co-governance model under the He Puapua recommendations. Yes very worrying moves all round the globe especially the Trump “the election was stolen” rubbish. Can’t believe so many people still think it’s true.

    • Sanctuary 1.1

      This is interesting first comment, because it really provides a perfect illustration of Advantages point. Here we have a poster believing fake news put about by a right wing opposition party fast losing it's constitutional role as the loyal opposition and becoming instead an insurgency fuelled by conspiracy theories and being a repository for fake news and right wing culture wars.

      Why is National pushing a deluded and paranoid conspiracy theory around a trumped up minor report? Well, on one level it is simple race baiting from a party shut out of main stream support and so desperately trying to build instead a heteroclite alliance around a racist agenda and a communicant manufactured culture war.

      But National's racist agenda does not exist within a contextless political environment. It's caucus is culturally heavily informed by US style evangelicalism and the paranoid style of the endless US culture wars, where "critical race theory' is the latest bogey man tool for racist white exceptionalism. Thus, it is a party already primed for paranoia and race war and keen on appealing to a NZ political right increasingly buying into US rejection of reality in favour of fantastical confections. How else can we explain the current rhetoric of National (and ACT) except in terms of an infection of Trumpist Crypto-fascism?

      The contagion of American democratic decline is already here in my view, as illustrated by any number of right wing commentators. Our right is now parroting the values of the US right. As Hannah Arendt tells us, the followers of far-right leaders (like Seymour and increasingly Collins) actually don't mind being lied to, because they expect politicians to cheat. They just want their guys to lie more effectively. They also want to be in on it, but even if they discover they've been lied to, they will just pretend to have known all along, and it will only renew their admiration for the tactical savvy of their cheating, lying leaders. Not to mention their contempt for the stupid, conned masses. Above all, to recall Karl Rove's point, beliefs create realities, they don't reflect them. "The true goal of totalitarian propaganda," Arendt said, "is not persuasion but organisation". It orchestrates and puts into motion the believers, whether they believe or not.

      And we are starting to see that here from the right in NZ, in spades.

  2. Sabine 2

    Never mind NZ. lol

  3. Byd0nz 3

    America's decline can only be good for the billions of people around the globe who have suffered by the actions of that Pariah State.

    • Andre 3.1

      If US actions worldwide were shitty while it was still some semblance of a democracy, it will seem a feeble piker's effort compared to what they will do if the slide to corporocrat autocracy continues.

      Although, given your apparent enthusiasm for the shitty actions of the likes of Xi and Putin, maybe you'll think it's an improvement.

      • Byd0nz 3.1.1

        Poor response.

      • Adrian Thornton 3.1.2

        Well I guess if you lived in one of the numerous countries that the USA is either threatening, bombing, interfering with, sanctioning, bullying, occupying etc you would think it was an improvement too, well you would if you had any empathy…however judging by your past comments, if any of these things are happening at the behest of US or western corporate imperialism with the encouragement and blessing of liberal media, then you cheer for it like a good boy as well.

        US seen as bigger threat to democracy than Russia or China, global poll finds

        [Adrian, please address the comment without attacking the commenter, thanks – Incognito]

        • Incognito

          See my Moderation note @ 8:59 pm.

        • Adrian Thornton

          Yes that is fine, but how about adding that proviso on to andre's comment as well…

          “Although, given your apparent enthusiasm for the shitty actions of the likes of Xi and Putin, maybe you’ll think it’s an improvement.”

          • Incognito

            Thanks Adrian, I appreciate that.

            If Andre is so stupid to think that my Moderation note was only for you and that he can attack other commenters, e.g., you, here with impunity then he will get what he deserves. However, I’m pretty confident that Andre and you can have a go at each other’s comments without making it (too) personal 😉

            BTW, please don’t tell me how to moderate here, thanks 🙂

        • Brigid

          If only Andre could list instances of America, China and Russia threatening, bombing, interfering with, sanctioning, bullying, stealing from or occupying countries across the world….

          The comparison would be interesting.

          • Phil

            Crimea, Chechnya, and Tibet enter the chat

            But seriously, it's a bit dull and not especially useful to go down this road. Superpowers have sought to influence the domestic affairs of outside nations/entities to their own benefit for as long as organised political entities with central power structures have existed.

            If you want to say the US is the worst offender then I think you have to recognise that it is predominantly a refection of their role as sole-superpower for most of the last 50 years, rather than anything inherently nefarious in how this particular superpower operates.

            • RedLogix

              Very nicely expressed Phil.

              And what's more when you compare the track record of the USA as the dominant superpower since WW2 (setting aside for the sake of argument the intense struggle that was the Cold War) – with all the empires of history that came before them, it's clear their influence in total has been beneficial. And especially when you compare them to the authoritarian, mass-murdering counterfactual regimes that Stalin and Mao might have imposed.

              This in no way absolves them from their mistakes, and there is no question that this US-led, post WW2 era is fast coming to an end. But the evidence is unequivocal, that this same period as also seen an unprecedented surge in human development almost everywhere. Thus as we move from this US dominated phase into whatever comes next, we might want to start thinking about what we've learned so far, and what features of our evolving globalisation project we might want to retain and what we might want to refine.

              For instance, should we retain the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or ditch it for something Xi Xinping or Putin might prefer?

    • RedLogix 3.2

      Yet here we live in a world that's measurably more developed and better for billions of people than ever in our collective history.

      Comparing this remarkable achievement with an un-examined ideal that you have in your head is pathological.

      • Adrian Thornton 3.2.1

        "Yet here we live in a world that's measurably more developed and better for billions of people than ever in our collective history."… what is pathalogical Redlogix is what the criminal short term vision your beloved modern age free market ideologies have wrought upon this planet…so we get to live better for 100-200 max, nice for us, but by doing so we have completely fucked up the whole balance of the entire planet for every generation that comes after (including all your great granchildren I might add)..the selfishness and incredible short termism of your statement says volumes..possibly it is you who could do a wee bit of self examination?

        • RedLogix

          Perfections are without limit. But allowing the ideal to become the enemy of what has already been achieved is a dead-end. It's a state of mind where nothing becomes worth doing because everything falls short of an endless list of unfalsifiable, unachievable utopia's. A friend of mine many decades ago called it the 'lazy perfectionist syndrome' – it was always possible to find a reason to denigrate something because it was never going to be good enough.

          By contrast I came across this yesterday on the wall of the woman who leads our process engineering team and I had to look it up:

          The Cult of Done Manifesto

          1. There are three states of being. Not knowing, action and completion.
          2. Accept that everything is a draft. It helps to get it done.
          3. There is no editing stage.
          4. Pretending you know what you’re doing is almost the same as knowing what you are doing, so just accept that you know what you’re doing even if you don’t and do it.
          5. Banish procrastination. If you wait more than a week to get an idea done, abandon it.
          6. The point of being done is not to finish but to get other things done.
          7. Once you’re done you can throw it away.
          8. Laugh at perfection. It’s boring and keeps you from being done.
          9. People without dirty hands are wrong. Doing something makes you right.
          10. Failure counts as done. So do mistakes.
          11. Destruction is a variant of done.
          12. If you have an idea and publish it on the internet, that counts as a ghost of done.
          13. Done is the engine of more.
          • Incognito

            Hmmm, “completely fucked up” vs. “[p]erfections are without limit”; two commenters talking past each other.

          • roblogic

            RE: "Cult of done"

            A bias toward action and change is important, to keep moving forward in life. But self-reflection (QA) also matters, before running off half-cocked.

            • RedLogix

              Nope. Still better to get something done, even poorly done, than to sit around navel gazing. At least that way you get to find out what really does and doesn't work and you can adjust course informed by real world experience.

              This isn't license to do idiotic things, and you still get to wear the consequences of blindly following bad ideologies. But ideas are both cheap and a legion, yet useful, successful ones are quite rare and there's only one way to sort them out.

    • Sacha 3.3

      America's decline can only be good for the billions of people around the globe who have suffered by the actions of that Pariah State.

      Doesn't it depend on what replaces that?

      • Byd0nz 3.3.1

        A world system based on a United world without money.

        Young people at some time will embrace this concept as a replacement for money systems that have created a divided world where the corruption of money has led to poverty for great number of people and toward climate problems that will be faced by the young of any future generations. The corruption of American hegemony has caused millions

        To die and billions of the planets people to suffer.

        • Sacha

          Isn't it more likely that other big powers like China and the EU just fill the vacuum with a different flavour of the same?

          • Byd0nz

            Your probably right, a world without money well may be a long way off, as we are still in the primitive stage of evolution.

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    As Usual Advantage doesn’t mention that the USA is still the largest sponsor of authoritarian states around the world, is the single biggest international disrupter of the democratic process in the world, all this long before Trump was president and still is today after Trump is gone…those are just undisputable facts…the democracies of world have more to fear from the USA than any other country…by far.

    US seen as bigger threat to democracy than Russia or China, global poll finds

    List of authoritarian regimes supported by the United States

    And btw it was the Democratic party that was the party that undermined democracy when they conspired against Sanders in 2016.

    Wikileaks Proves Primary Was Rigged: DNC Undermined Democracy

    The reason people don’t trust the media isn’t because of Trump FFS, it is because most MSM can’t be trusted on important matters, and anyone with their eyes open knows this instinctively ..and especially on the question of foreign policy..just look at that piece of shit fact free piece RNZ just spewed up on China for an example…from the same playbook that the Russiagate conspiracy so obviously used.

    Media trust hits new low

    58% think that "most news organizations are more concerned with supporting an ideology or political position than with informing the public."

    Judge Finds Rachel Maddow Hyperbolic and Unreliable

    And finally and most importantly, the reason why there are so many authoritarian countries on the rise is because mainly the USA, but with willing help from the UK and their allies are intent on undermining and destroying any and all serious Left wing projects that pop up anywhere in the world, including within their own boarders. Thereby leaving only a shift to the Right as an ‘safety valve’ for dissent and marginalized citizens who would traditionally be looking Left…Brazil being a prime recent example of this.

    The radical Centre are the biggest threat to world peace today.

  5. Tiger Mountain 5

    Ironic to see posters on The Standard that could not even bring themselves to support Bernie Sanders “Not me–Us!” Presidential campaign, lamenting the state of US bourgeois democracy!

    • Incognito 5.1

      Instead of moaning and telling Authors what to write (about) or not, why don’t you write a Guest Post and submit it? Are you one of those many lazy arm-chair critics who only whinge and whine but who does not pull finger when prompted?

      BTW, you may want to re-familiarise yourself with this: and this, as well:

      • Abusing the sysop or post writers on their own site – including telling us how to run our site or what we should write. This is viewed as self-evident stupidity, and should be added as a category to the Darwin Awards.

      • Tiger Mountain 5.1.1

        Bill we miss you…

        I did not tell anyone to do anything. I made a rather bland observation. And gave an opinion. Perhaps I erred in not adding a qualifier “some” “this” or “one or two” or “several”.

        I say what I want in regular posts, and I too am deeply concerned about the state of US democratic forms and processes–because as the article says if the erstwhile self proclaimed global champion of democracy, the United States, own federal and state electoral processes are in a perilous state, things are not looking good.

        If some of the Republican voter suppression moves hold, it will be unlawful to hand queuing voters water–and why are they queuing rather than mailing in votes?–exactly.

        • Incognito

          There are ways of saying things and making “a rather bland observation” that won’t raise an eyebrow. For example,

          “I’d really love it if somebody were to write a post to support Bernie Sanders “Not me–Us!” Presidential campaign, lamenting the state of US bourgeois democracy!”.

          Please remember that others might misconstrue your wording and run straight into a grumpy Moderator, which is why I reminded everyone of the site’s rules 😉


  6. tc 6

    We're also seeing sexual preference coming under pressure.

    UEFA's rainbow logo of inclusivity for the euro 2020 tournamnent has been banned in some countries from display, banners confiscated from supporters etc etc.

    A symptom of failing democracy already IMO as some countries set themselves apart.

  7. Foreign Waka 7

    Democracy as a concept is only ever supported if you have the majority agreeing that the system is working for them. The way we understand it only exists for a "short while" and we had longer spells of monarchy and a range of dictatorships that lasted for a longest time. And we shouldn't be fooled, we have not really achieved democracy but rather it is a work in progress.

    In a way NZ government is implementing divisions of culture and "entitlements", this does not put NZ on the map as a maturing democracy but looks more like a vote buying exercise and somewhat a backward step into tribalism. As always this is about resources and money. And we have learned that collateral damage, meaning those who are left behind socially on the way of achieving a goal has never featured prominently, regardless of race or origin.

    Democracy only functions when all members of society know and feel that they have a stake in the way politics is being delivered. This depends on consensus and a conscientious undertaking of government agents to bring opposing sides together.

    Looking at parliamentary speeches and behaviours, its just self serving claptrap and telling people Greek oracles to fob them off and get particular agendas put through. Democracy? Hmmm, I am not convinced.

    • Incognito 7.1

      In a way NZ government is implementing divisions of culture and "entitlements", this does not put NZ on the map as a maturing democracy but looks more like a vote buying exercise and somewhat a backward step into tribalism. [my italics]

      Do you have any examples or are you just scaremongering and jumping the gun?

  8. Jenny how to get there 8

    Q. Why do people vote for demagogues?

    [Content deleted because it contained too many links that triggered Auto-Moderation]

    A. People vote for demagogues in desperation

    People vote for demagogues out of exasperation

    • Jenny how to get there 8.1

      If must never be forgotten that Trump followed Obama who promised to deliver "change' but didn't.

      This should be a warning to our government who promised to solve the housing crisis, but haven't.

      • Jenny how to get there 8.1.1

        The ‘Fuck You’ vote


        America Is Stabbing Itself in the Back

        William J Astore,, 18/06/2021

        …… lies, large and small, along with systemic corruption in Washington are precisely why so many Americans have been driven to despair. Small wonder that, in 2016, those “deplorables” reached out in desperation to a figure who wasn’t a product of Washington’s mendacious Beltway culture. Desperate times engender desperate acts, including anointing a failed casino owner and consummate con man as America’s MAGA-cap-wearing savior…..


        No Right Turn

        July 02, 2021

        Political Dishonesty

        Politicians frequently ask why voters think they're all dishonest liars. Perhaps its because they act like it:
        The government offered to pay millions of dollars to Rio Tinto just months after promising in the election campaign it would not give a direct subsidy.


        While campaigning in Southland ahead of the 2020 election Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: "We have said we do not believe we should be giving a direct government subsidy to Rio Tinto, so that's not what we will be doing."

        Three months later, the government wrote to Rio Tinto, which owns 80 percent of New Zealand Aluminium Smelters (NZAS), with an offer of a payment to begin the very next month, in January this year.

        "To achieve a managed exit for the smelter and in consideration of our respective interests, the New Zealand government will provide a Transmission Transition payment to NZAS of [blanked out]," it said.

        "This payment would start from January 2021 until December 2024."

        Ardern made a commitment to voters. Her government then proceeded to violate that commitment. And quibbling over the definition of a "subsidy" just makes them look even more dishonest. This behaviour corrodes political trust, and (probably of more interest to politicians) political support….

        …..You can only fool people for so long before they get sick of it, and vote for someone else (or not vote at all) just as a "fuck you".


        Michael Moore: People will vote for Donald Trump as a giant "F**k you" — and he’ll win

        PUBLISHED OCTOBER 26, 2016

        Despite most indicators showing Donald Trump well behind his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the key states he needs to win the Nov. 8 presidential election, populist filmmaker Michael Moore has long argued that the Republican nominee has more support than people may think…..

        • Incognito

          Are you doing a news roundup and are you some kind of news aggregator who is too lazy to put some thought and analysis in their comments? What is the point of this?

          • Jenny How to get there


            6 July 2021 at 7:42 am

            ……What is the point of this?

            The point is, “America’s Democratic Decline Really Matters ” .

            If we agree that “America’s Democratic Decline Really Matters ”,

            Then we need to understand what caused America's democratic decline. The point of understanding it, is to avoid a similar decline in democracy happening here, or in other democratic countries.

            P.S. I probably should have included the last paragraph of the No Right Turn post 'Political Dishonesty' on how our politicians can avoid voters losing faith in our democratic system, (which gives demagogues like Trump a foot in).

            No Right Turn

            July 02, 2021

            Political Dishonesty

            …..Politicians are the only people with the power to change this dynamic. And they change it by being honest. Not just in keeping their commitments, but also telling us when the circumstances change and they can't (or don't want to). That's hard work, and politicians think explaining is losing. But not explaining is losing too, just in a different way.,

            Idiot/Savant, No Right Turn, 7/02/2021

            No Right Turn: Political dishonesty

            • Incognito

              You probably should copy & paste less and put more critical analysis of your own into your comments.

              From this site’s Policy:

              • Similarly pasting long materials from other sites, especially copyrighted materials, is not permitted. Just link and selectively quote. Repeated offences is really dumb.
            • Jenny how to get there

              Don't want to be an American idiot

              …..all accross the alien-nation


          • Jenny How to get there


            6 July 2021 at 7:42 am

            …..are you some kind of news aggregator who is too lazy to put some thought and analysis in their comments?

            My analysis is this;

            Short answer; I concur with No Left Turn, that lying to the electorate leads to voter apathy and even retaliation against institutional (beltway) politicians.

            This retaliation can even lead to a voter revolt where electors vote for disgusting and unfit demagogues in revenge for the lack of any transformative change especially at a time when it is sorely needed.

            I have noted above that Trump was preceded by Obama who promised the American people "Hope" and "Change" but delivered little of either.

  9. SPC 9

    What real democracy has ever expected people to vote on a working day?

  10. vto 10

    how many hundreds shot in the US over the july 4 holiday weekend just now?

    the place is gone

    it is all over bar the shouting

    best hunker down

    as you said Advantage "Recovery is less than likely now"

    • RedLogix 10.1

      The USA is going through one of it's periodic re-shuffling of the political deck of cards – it's done this before and will again. Usually takes about 5 – 7 years of varying degrees of mess and we aren't even half-way through in my view.

  11. Jenny how to get there 11

    War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength (and Hate is Love)

    After previously distancing himself from them…,

    In his latest Fox interview Trump embraced the violent thuggery of the December 6 rioters

    Trump embraces Capitol rioters, rewrites Jan. 6 history during Fox appearance
    “They were peaceful people, these were great people … the love in the air, I’ve never seen anything like it”


    …Rather than a violent insurrection, Trump instead sought to recast the day as one of “peace” and “love” following his “mild-mannered” speech. </span&gt

    ;”There was such love at that rally,” he said, “They were peaceful people, these were great people, the crowd was unbelievable and I mentioned the word love, the love in the air I’ve never seen anything like it.”

    …..Trump describes Ashli Babbitt, who was part of a mob that was trying to lynch the VP, as an “innocent, wonderful, incredible woman”

    ………Trump also parroted his supporters’ calls for the officer who shot Babbitt to be identified &mdash; after an investigation found the shooting was justified and prosecutors declined to file any charges in the case.
    “Who is the person who shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman?” Trump bellowed. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? People want to know. And why?”</blockquote&gt;

    All this is going on against a backdrop of a Republican sponsored voter suppression campaign.

    The ground work is being laid for an undemocratic and violent seizure of power by an emboldened far right, sanctioned by compliant Republican Party senators and House members.

    The only remedy is for Joe Biden to come through for the American people. This will require Biden to go against his corporate sponsors interests.
    By supporting Free Medicare For All and the Green New Deal Biden can undercut Trump’s far right supporters.
    Nothing less will do it.

    If Biden doesn’t come through for the American people, America will be in for a far right tyranny. Who knows where that will end up?

    The whole world may be in peril.

    • Jenny how to get there 11.1

      “Biden You Coward Fight For Us”
      Signs held by protesters outside the Whitehouse.

      US President Joe Biden is on the record of opposing single payer healthcare.Bernie Sanders who campaigned on single payer was cheered by a Fox live audience.Sanders broke records for fund raising though most of his donations were small about $20 average.Clinton, Biden and Obama got their support from the superpacs. The DNC couldn’t understand where Bernie Sanders was getting his support and feared it, as being outside their control.

      Obama campaigned on hope and change, Americans were thirsting for change, but received little from the Obama administration.
      Exit polls have shown that millions of swing voters who voted for Obama switched their vote to Trump.

      Trump lost the election to Biden, but not by that much.

      The new Republican Party remade in Trump’s image intend to gain power by hook or by crook. The result will be the imposition of the most repressive right wing regime in US history.
      To beat Far Right politics the Republican Party need to be delivered a crushing electoral defeat, a defeat so big as to make the Republican Party distance themselves from this form of politics.

      To beat the Trump Republicans, Biden doesn’t need a landslide, he needs a tidal wave of support so big that it will make even the most corrupt and violent methods of right wing voter suppression unviable. A big enough defeat to deliver a message to the Republicans that this form of politicking is not a winner.

      Business as usual will not cut it.

      In the midst of a global pandemic Biden is still wedded to user pays in healthcare.

      The Real Reason Biden Opposes Medicare for All.
      Why the former Vice President is against a single payer system.

      ……Joe Biden’s campaign chairman is a man by the name of Steve Ricchetti. According to a recent report by The American Prospect:
      “…Ricchetti founded and ran his own lobbying firm with his brother. He personally represented drugmakers Novartis, Eli Lilly and Sanofi (the latter two are among the three major insulin manufacturers), as well as health IT company NaviMedix (now NaviNet) and the American Hospital Association. The hospital lobby, as well as pharmaceutical companies, have been primary opponents of Medicare for All. The Ricchetti firm continues to operate, with Ricchetti’s brother actively lobbying for clients, including in the health-care space.”Not only is Biden surrounding himself with individuals with a personal interest in making sure Medicare for All never gets implemented, he has ensured that at least one of them is an expert in how to make such a position appeal to the American people.

      In the midst of a global climate crisis Biden is still wedded to the fossil fuel industry.

      ‘Subsidizing the Climate and Ecological Crisis’: Biden Approving Fossil Fuel Permits Faster Than Trump or Obama
      AP’s findings run counter to the president’s campaign vow to end oil and gas extraction on public lands.

      July 13, 2021

      Flying in the face of the White House’s reference to the climate crisis as an “existential threat” and President Joe Biden’s campaign pledge, his administration has so far approved fossil fuel drilling permits on public and tribal lands at a faster rate than his two immediate predecessors, a new Associated Press analysis has found.

      “We’re not only subsidizing the climate and ecological crisis,” climate activist Greta Thunberg tweeted in response to the new reporting, “we’re speeding it up.”

      To have any chance of beating the far right, Biden needs to divorce his corporate backers.

  12. Jenny how to get there 12

    History showed us that a far right movement doesn't need an overwhelming electoral majority to win an election, a movement that indulges in violent intimidation in the streets alongside electoral manipulations and a vacilating and timid liberal administration, will be enought to return Trump to office.

    Alongside his alleged election loss 'Stab in the back' Trump has his modern version of Horst Wessel

    All that is needed now is for Trump's millions of loyal followers to compose a catchy rallying song to their fallyn martyr to intimidate black and Latino voters and Trump’s victory in 2024 is within reach.

    Ashli Babbitt as the 21st-century Horst Wessel: Symbolic martyr to the fascist cause

    Trump's followers are trying to turn Babbitt into their movement's martyr: All she needs now is a hit song

    Stab in the Back Legend

    The ‘stab-in-the-back’ legend (Dolchstosslegende) became popular among right wing nationalists in Weimar Germany after the end of World War One. The Weimar politicians were referred to as “traitors” who had been responsible for the ‘stab-in-the-back’ of the German military. Little could persuade those who expounded the ‘stab-in-the-back’ legend that there was little substance in their arguments and even a post-war Reichstag commission stated that the ‘stab-in-the-back’ legend had little substance in it…..

    • Jenny how to get there 12.1

      Biden didn't win the 2020 election, Trump lost it.

      All Biden needed to do to beat Trump in 2020 was not be Trump.

      If Biden is to beat Trump in 2024 he has Win on the hustings and the streets on his own merits, based on his record in office. A lacklustre performance and few new progressive inniatives will doom his return to office.

      BAU will no longer be enough to beat the millions in the ascendent far right movement around Trump.

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    Indonesia’s Vice President Ma’ruf Amin will visit New Zealand next week, the first here by an Indonesian leader since 2018, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has announced. “New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnership,” Mr Peters says.  “The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen ...
    7 hours ago
  • Government boost to fight against caulerpa
    The battle to contain the fast-spreading exotic caulerpa seaweed has today received a $5 million boost to accelerate the development of removal techniques, says Biosecurity Minister Andrew Hoggard.  “The time is now to really lean in and build on the work of Biosecurity New Zealand, mana whenua, communities and local ...
    8 hours ago
  • Minister attending Australian data, digital meeting
    Minister for Digitising Government Judith Collins is in Sydney to attend the first Data and Digital Ministers’ Meeting of 2024.  “This is a great opportunity to connect with our Australian counterparts and identify how we can work together on digital transformation,” Ms Collins says.   “Both our nations are looking into ...
    1 day ago
  • Appointments to Antarctica New Zealand Board
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has appointed Leon Grice and Heather Simpson to serve on the Antarctica New Zealand board.  “Since taking office, the Coalition Government has become concerned about the direction of the Scott Base Redevelopment Project,” Mr Peters says.  “It is vital that Antarctica New Zealand has the right ...
    1 day ago
  • Strengthening the Single Economic Market
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis has met with Australian Treasurer Jim Chalmers to discuss the opportunities to lower business costs and increase the ease with which businesses and people can operate across the Tasman.     “I have met with Treasurer Chalmers and shared our new Government’s ambitious economic goals, our plans ...
    1 day ago
  • Government to address business payment practices
    The Government will repeal the Business Payment Practices Act 2023, Small Business and Manufacturing Minister Andrew Bayly announced today. “There is a major problem with large market players imposing long payment terms and routinely paying invoices late. “However, the Business Payment Practices Act is not an effective solution and would ...
    1 day ago
  • Greater focus on work will reduce child poverty
    Worsening child poverty rates support the Coalition Government’s focus on reducing the cost of living and getting people into work, Child Poverty Reduction Minister Louise Upston says. Figures released by Stats NZ today show child poverty rates have increased, with the rising cost of living, driven by inflation, making it ...
    1 day ago
  • NZ announces new support for Ukraine
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters and Defence Minister Judith Collins have marked two years since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by announcing further support and sanctions, and extending our military assistance. “Russia launched its illegal, full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in blatant violation of international law, including the UN Charter,” Mr Peters says. ...
    1 day ago
  • Finance Minister to meet Australian Treasurer
    Finance Minister Nicola Willis will travel to Australia today to meet her Australian counterpart, Treasurer Jim Chalmers.    “New Zealand and Australia have an incredibly strong trade and investment relationship. The Closer Economic Relations and Single Economic Market are powerful engines for growth on both sides of the Tasman.     “I will ...
    1 day ago
  • PM shocked and saddened at death of Efeso Collins
    “I am truly shocked and saddened at the news of Efeso Collins’ sudden death,” Prime Minister Christopher Luxon says. “Efeso was a good man, always friendly and kind, and a true champion and advocate for his Samoan and South Auckland communities. “Our thoughts and deepest sympathies go to his family, ...
    2 days ago
  • Greater support for social workers
    The Coalition Government is enhancing the professionalism of the social work sector and supporting the vulnerable people who rely on them, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says.  The Social Workers Registration Legislation Amendment Bill passed its third reading in Parliament today. It amends the Social Workers Registration Legislation ...
    3 days ago
  • Government delivers greater freedom and choice for sick New Zealanders
    The coalition government is delivering on its commitment to making principled decisions by getting rid of red tape that doesn’t make sense and allowing sick New Zealanders greater freedom and choice to purchase effective cold and flu medicines. A bill amending the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 is being introduced, and changes to the Medicines ...
    3 days ago
  • Government begins reset of welfare system
    The Coalition Government is taking early action to curb the surge in welfare dependency that occurred under the previous government by setting out its expectations around employment and the use of benefit sanctions, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. In 2017, 60,588 sanctions were applied to beneficiaries who ...
    4 days ago
  • State of the Nation
    Ka nui te mihi kia koutou. Kia ora, good morning, talofa, malo e lelei, bula vinaka, da jia hao, namaste, sat sri akal, assalamu alaikum. Thank you for coming to my first State of the Nation as Prime Minister. Thank you for coming to a speech where I don’t just ...
    5 days ago
  • West Coast tourism attractions officially open
    Regional Development Minister Shane Jones will attend the official opening of two highly anticipated tourism projects on the West Coast today – Pike29 Memorial Track, dedicated to the memory of the Pike River miners, and Pounamu Pathway. “The Pike29 Memorial Track is a way to remember and honour the men ...
    1 week ago
  • Independent ferry service advisory group in place
    Appointments to the Ministerial Advisory Group tasked with providing independent advice and assurance on the future of KiwiRail’s inter-island ferry service have been made, State Owned Enterprises Minister Paul Goldsmith says. “It’s important for New Zealand that KiwiRail is focused on ensuring safe, resilient, and reliable ferry services over the ...
    1 week ago
  • Joint statement from the Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada, and New Zealand
    The Prime Ministers of Australia, Canada and New Zealand today issued the following statement on reports of Israel’s planned military operation in Rafah. We are gravely concerned by indications that Israel is planning a ground offensive into Rafah.   A military operation into Rafah would be catastrophic. About 1.5 million Palestinians ...
    1 week ago
  • Govt will deliver on expanded breast screening
    The coalition Government has made the first steps in delivering on its promise to  extend free breast screening to women aged 70-74, Health Minister Shane Reti says. “As part of the 100 day plan, the Government has now met with officials and discussed what is needed in order for the ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces woolshed roadshows in support of sheep farmers
    The Government celebrates National Lamb Day (15 February 24) and congratulates sheep farmers on the high-quality products they continue to produce. Agriculture Minister McClay hosted bipartisan celebrations of National Lamb Day with industry representatives at Parliament this week to mark the anniversary of the first frozen lamb exports that left ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech: Address to the NZ Economics Forum
    It’s great to be back at the New Zealand Economics Forum. I would like to acknowledge everyone here today for your expertise and contribution, especially the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Head of the Waikato Management School, economists, students and experts alike. A year has passed since I was last before you, and ...
    1 week ago
  • Government tackling high construction costs
    The Government is focused on reducing sky-high construction costs to make it more affordable to build a home, Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk says.  Stats NZ data shows the cost of building a house has increased by 41 per cent since 2019, making housing even more unaffordable for Kiwi ...
    1 week ago
  • Labour’s Three Waters legislation repealed
    The Coalition Government’s legislative plan to address longstanding issues with local water infrastructure and service delivery took an important step today, with the repeal of Labour’s divisive and unpopular Three Waters legislation, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “Repealing this legislation is a necessary first step in implementing our Local ...
    1 week ago
  • Cost of living support for beneficiary households
    The Coalition Government is delivering on its commitment to ease the cost-of-living by increasing main benefit rates in line with inflation and ensuring the Minimum Family Tax Credit threshold remains aligned with this change, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The Social Security (Benefits Adjustment) and Income Tax ...
    1 week ago
  • Government announces agriculture delegations to better support Primary sector
    The coalition Government has announced ministerial delegations to support key areas across the Primary sector to deliver for New Zealand’s food and fibre sector, Agriculture Minister Todd McClay announced today. “I will be supported in my roles as Minister of Agriculture, Trade, Forestry and Hunting and Fishing, by three Associate ...
    1 week ago
  • Waikato MoU reinforces Govt’s commitment to increase NZ doctors
    The Government has taken an important step forward in addressing a critical shortage of New Zealand-trained doctors, with today’s signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for a third medical school, Minister of Health Dr Shane Reti has announced.  “Today’s signing by the Ministry of Health and the University of Waikato ...
    1 week ago
  • Speech – Lunar New Year 2024
    Annyeonghaseyo, greetings and welcome all. It is my pleasure as the Minister for Ethnic Communities to welcome you to the first Lunar New Year Event in Parliament. Thank you to our emcees for greeting us in the different languages that represent the many cultures that celebrate the Lunar New Year. ...
    1 week ago
  • More funding to Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti
    Urgent work to clean-up cyclone-affected regions will continue, thanks to a $63 million boost from the Government for sediment and debris removal in Hawke’s Bay and Tairāwhiti.                                                                                                   The funding will help local councils continue urgent work removing and disposing of sediment and debris left from Cyclone Gabrielle.   “This additional ...
    1 week ago
  • Budget will be delivered on 30 May
    Plans to deliver tax relief to hard-working New Zealanders, rebuild business confidence and restore the Crown’s finances to order will be unveiled on 30 May, Finance Minister Nicola Willis says. The plans will be announced in the Budget which is currently being developed by Ministers.  “The last government’s mismanagement of ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government advances Local Water Done Well
    The Coalition Government is continuing work to restore council ownership and control of water assets by repealing Three Waters and appointing a Technical Advisory Group to provide expert advice on the implementation of Local Water Done Well, Local Government Minister Simeon Brown says. “The Government will pass a bill to ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister congratulates NZQA Top Scholars
    Education Minister Erica Stanford congratulates the New Zealand Scholarship recipients from 2023 announced today.  “Receiving a New Zealand Scholarship is a fantastic achievement and is a testament to the hard work and dedication the recipients have put in throughout the year,” says Ms Stanford.  “New Zealand Scholarship tests not only ...
    2 weeks ago
  • New diplomatic appointments
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has today announced five new diplomatic appointments.  "Strong and effective diplomacy to protect and advance our interests in the world is needed now more than ever," Mr Peters says.  “We are delighted to appoint senior diplomats from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to these ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Speech to the Committee for Auckland
    It is great to be here today at this event as Minister for Auckland and Minister ofTransport. Let me start by acknowledging each one of you and thanking the Committee forAuckland for hosting this event and inviting me to speak here today. The Committee for Auckland has been a symbol ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Getting Transport Back on Track in Auckland
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has today confirmed his high-level transport priorities for Auckland, in the lead up to releasing the draft Government Policy Statement on Land Transport. “Our economic growth and productivity are underpinned by a transport network that enables people and freight to move around safely and efficiently. At ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government to axe Auckland Regional Fuel Tax
    Transport Minister Simeon Brown has confirmed that the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax will end on 30 June 2024. “Today, I can confirm that the Government has agreed to remove the Auckland Regional Fuel Tax in line with our coalition commitments, and legislation will be introduced to parliament to repeal the ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Minister Calls for Work to Tackle Kina Barrens
    Changes to fishing rules and a significant science programme are being undertaken to address kina barrens, says Minister for Oceans and Fisheries Shane Jones. “There has been tremendous interest from iwi, communities and recreational fishers who had raised concerns about such kina infestations being a major threat to Northland’s marine ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government law and order crackdown begins
    The coalition Government is making good on its promise to restore law and order by removing government funding for Section 27 reports and abolishing the previous Labour Government’s prison reduction target, Justice Minister Paul Goldsmith and Corrections Minister Mark Mitchell say.  “In recent years, the development of Section 27 reports ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Greater focus on getting people into work
    The coalition government will refocus employment efforts and the welfare system so that supporting people who can work into jobs is the number one priority, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. “Of concern in the labour market statistics released by Stats NZ today was the number of youth not ...
    2 weeks ago

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