About the Threats to Democracy
Democracy is in a constant struggle for survival. One cannot turn one's back on it and expect it to take care of itself. Even in old, stable democracies, there will always be people who think they deserve more privileges than others, or that their specific way of life or ideology is the only right one, and that everybody else must adhere to it too. Democracy has to protect itself from this. But it must do so by humanistic and democratic means.
In new and vulnerable democracies the threats are even bigger.
Add to this the threats to democracy from the nation states that are not democratic, and that do not wish to see democracy spread any further.
All in all the threats against democracy are diverse and many. Totalitarian ideologies, religious fundamentalism, and a globalized corporate business world with flawed ethics are just some of the threats against democracy from the outside and from within.
- Totalitarian Ideologies
- Totalitarian Religion
- Political Violence and Terror
- Violent Gangs, Mafias and Private Militias
- Racism and Totalitarian Nationalism
- Totalitarian Capitalism, an Uncontrolled Market Economy
- Trade and Globalization
- The Totalitarian Business World
- Technology Without Ethics
- Bread and Circuses
- Superficial and Shallow Media
- Intellectual Poverty I - Universities and Politics
- Intellectual Poverty II - Lack of Philosophical Training
- Intellectual Poverty III - Innovation
- Intellectual Poverty IV - Disillusion
- Conspiracy Theories
- Subversion of the Physical Community
- Differing Realities
- A Lack of Education and Cultivation
- The Arrogance of Might, Newspeak and Spin
- Politics Turned into Legalities and Economic Considerations
- Terrorism and Fear of Terrorism
- Serious Adversity
- Monarchy and Autonomous or Alternative Communities
- Summing Up: Threats Against Democracy
Next chapter: Totalitarian Ideologies