ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Democracy’s Crisis and the Capitalist State

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Democracies across the globe are in a deplorable state. Neo-liberalism and the rise of authoritarianism are moving together, and, by dismantling social harmonies and states, are threatening demo­cracy’s very existence.

First, there is the rise of nationalist populism. This is not only an example of the symptoms, but also the result of a democratic deficit in the present world. Old political forces are losing ground (for instance, traditional conservative, liberal, and social democratic parties) and, following Antonio Gramsci, “the field is open for violent solutions, for the activities of unknown forces, represented by charismatic ‘men of destiny.’” Local, national, and international politics are increasingly driven by ethnic, racial and religious conflicts in Asia, Africa, the Americas, Europe, and West Asia; for example, the wars in Kashmir and Myanmar, or the “proxy” wars between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Religious fundamentalism, national glory, lawlessness, vulgar wealth, and huge inequalities are five common features between the old and the modern world.

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Updated On : 20th Sep, 2019
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