“Sullivan’s words might sound overly-dramatic, but there’s some validity to them. Not in the sense that America’s first orange president will become a true tyrant, but that his election does say something about the predicament of the American Republic. It is a symptom of the American democracy’s degeneration into a desmiogarchy – the government of the shackled, of those in bounds.
This degeneration has been a feature of European politics for several years now. All over the continent (Austria, Poland, Sweden, Denmark, Portugal), an increasing number of voters have transferred their support from mainstream, “centrist” parties to extremist, populist ones, or have elected not to participate in the democratic process at all. The pattern will likely be repeated in future elections in the continent, whether in Germany, Italy or most particularly in France.
At the root of this “desmiogarchization” of European democracies lies the exponential growth of the state. Since the turn of the century, across the continent, public spending has soared as a share of national income – from 51.6 per cent in 2000 to 55.9 per cent in 2012 in France; from 45.9 per cent to 49 per cent in Italy; from 41.6 per cent to 46.9 per cent in Portugal.
(…)in the end, these welfare states created a series of problems that seem difficult to overcome. They’re ineffective: they respond not to the needs of those who use them, but to the bureaucratic goals of political decision-makers. They’re unsustainable: there is an ever smaller number of workers paying for an ever-growing number of beneficiaries. And they’re unfair: because they try to provide for those who need it and those who don’t, they end up giving too much to those who don’t need it and not enough to those who do.
On the one hand, the inefficiency of these services feeds the electorate’s high – and growing – level of dissatisfaction with governments and politicians. On the other, European electorates seem pretty reluctant to give their support to any reform that might mean they would have to give up some of the things they take for granted.
The combination is lethal: most voters make their electoral choices on the basis of who they believe will be capable of keeping things as they are, but at the same time, those voters who want to keep the statist status quo intact grow unhappy with the practical results of that same statism. So voters blame the traditional governing parties for not being able to give them the statism of plenty they long for.”
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