10 year forecast: Democracy

As the decade comes to an end, Tom Leach discusses what the next ten years have in store for democracy

Tom Leach
2nd December 2019
Image: Wikimedia Commons
For a long time, it seemed that the system of liberal democracy - lauded as a bastion of western culture and civilisation - was inviolable. Now it seems that democracy is under attack, and by those who would profess to uphold it. 
Ex-President of Bolivia Evo Morales Images: Wikimedia Commons

Consider the situation in Bolivia. When now-resigned President Evo Morales was re-elected in late October this year, the Organisation of American States (OAS) - which receives the majority of its funding from the US, and which claims to want to strengthen democracy in member states – sought to delegitimise his rule. Allegations of electoral fraud then forced Morales to cede power to Jeanine Añez, a decidedly anti-indigenous interim president ruling over a country with a 65% indigenous population. 

US attempts to undermine democracy are nothing new

None of this is particularly new, however. The US, supposed bulwark of democracy, has had fingers in Latin American pies for a while now. Many elections have been considered undemocratic, followed by the sudden appearance of a new leader with surprisingly American interests. 

In other words, the recent erosion of democracy isn’t a new trend. Global forces of imperialism and capitalism have always attempted to undermine the wishes of the many in favour of the desires of the elite. Unless there is some radical change in the current global hegemony, the next ten years will see only further decline in true democracy.

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AUTHOR: Tom Leach
Spanish and German student. Interested in cultural studies and left-wing politics globally. Twitter: @tleachleach

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