Today I can state with sad emptiness that democracy has died before the specter of authoritarianism on the one hand and populism on the other. There are unmistakable signs of it. Let’s look at the situation in Canada, the Europe-Russia confrontation being the scene of a possible conflict with unimaginable consequences, the massive violence in Iraq, Sudan, France, etc…
There is more and more division joined and favored by the extremes abandoning good sense, common sense, freedom and hope. We have spent years that this tendency is increasing and democratization decreases due to positions that are closer, that have come closer to anti-democratic tactics.
There are too many cases that are heard of the lack of integrity of the electoral processes and that affect representative countries of Europe, Latin America or other places in the world in which the separation of powers is becoming more diffuse, institutions more and more weakened and levels of violence that are becoming widespread.
We are in a situation in which ideas such as inequality, exile, people who have to leave their countries if they want to preserve their lives, and exploitation have increased.
Some extremisms that raise flags such as polarization and fear, with hate speech and that invite the replacement of democracy by authoritarian forms of different colors and ideologies.
I believe that there are no reforms that can rescue it. Until not long ago, I still had the hope of living again in deliberative, consensual and discursive democracies.
Will my eyes see democracy again as the most desirable way to lead coexistence in this world that we have had to live in?
A world too full of carnival gods, whom I do not want, neither bad nor good, because I am not one of those who treat those who live within the moral farce with pricks and blows. But yes, as a toast, not with little rascality, because even the devil has to be smeared with syrup in case he ever wants to charge me in cash for my fermented and deliberate sayings and words.
Global world, global disease, Europe, cradle and tomb of democracy. Today we know that death is a door to rebirth.
Europe must have the role of reinventing democracy if it is possible and the world leaves us.
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