Crisis and Renewal

Book - 2008
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Political parties have lost swathes of members and effective power is ever more concentrated in the hands of their leaders. Behind these trends lie changing relationships between economics, the media and politics.

Electoral spending has spiralled out of all control, with powerful economic interests exercising undue influence. The 'level playing field', on which democracy's contests have supposedly been fought, has become ever more sloping and uneven. In many 'democratic' countries media coverage, especially that of television, is heavily biased. Electors become viewers and active participation gives way to mass passivity.

Can things change? By going back to the roots of democracy and examining the relationship between representative and participatory democracy, political historian Paul Ginsborg shows that they can and must.
Publisher: London : Profile Books, 2008
ISBN: 9781846680939
Branch Call Number: 321.8 G49d
Characteristics: 166 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Democracy


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Jul 31, 2019

Our democracy is being eroded, or, as it seems to me, is slowly being deformed from its normal earlier self. And the trend I see since abt 15 years is to inch toward a Right-Wing, Conservative, non-democratic new system. At present I am considering not to vote any more. At present I see a strong push by the Conservatives to undermine trust in Justin, to pile dirt on him in many forms and forums. And just now, what do I hear in the media? I hear that Justin said he does not criticize his political adversaries any more, bec. it's "negative." Well, this is not the normal democratic way of running for office. This sounds like passive resignation or going for losing. Now, what about the NDP? The new leader Jagmeet, acc. to Wikipedia, said the NDP's MPs would support the Conservatives in Parliament, if they needed it to pass laws, if there is a minority government by the Conservatives. Well, this, again, to act both ways, the NDP like a party of the Left and the Right at the same time is not the correct democratic way. And what is the upshot of all of this overall? It's a coordinated effort by the main parties to help the Conservatives back to power. A certain Ms. Leech of the Conservatives declared that they want on board of Canada only those, who "share our values" (Conservative values) - and this means they disagree with the multicultural nature of today's Canada. And this is why, when Harper's attempts to take away some rights of minorities 6 years ago were knocked down by the Supreme Court, the Conservatives appealed (against our Constitutional rights). The manipulations of Democracy started abt 15 years ago, when the 8 years earlier "sponsorship scandal" was dug up against Chretien and the Liberals, without reminding the public that it was exactly that action of the Liberals that saved Canada from being split in 2 by the Referendum. And then, the unreasonable choice of Ignatieff as leader of the Liberals, a formerly unknown, new figure in Canada. Then in the public vote the Liberal Party almost collapsed, as Ignatieff's platform did not please most of the public (and Harper got the majority he said he'd wished for - and then he launched an attack on minority groups' rights). And now, the same stunt is being tried to be repeated again against the Liberals with the "Lavalin scandal", where Justin wanted to pardon that Canadian big engineering company for a 5 years earlier "corruption" (bribery to Lybia), which in fact served Canadian interests (money and jobs). Now, overall, it seems that the rules of democracy are being bent, manipulated to the extreme now. This is not our former normal way of going to the votes knowing which party was which and what we could expect from them. As the Liberal Party is being led toward losing this time, I would suggest you to vote for Justin, just to thwart this new attempt to put the Conservatives on our back, who would incite conflict among and with the minorities of the Mosaic, which is Canada's normal setup as of now. Do you want our Constitution re-written? If not, vote Liberal, despite all manipulating efforts by some background forces that want to shape our inner politics toward a right-wing agenda.

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