Freedom in the World 2019: Democracy in Retreat
Challenges to American democracy are testing the stability of its constitutional system and threatening to undermine political rights and civil liberties worldwide.
New report by
makes for grim reading: The "democratic recession" is now in its 14th year. Free institutions are under serious threat in US. But there's also some good news in parts of Africa & beyond. The fight is uphill. But it can be won.
Persecution of exiles & diasporas ("transnational repression") is a big thing we're focusing on
. Khashoggi, Turkey's global purge, etc. We surveyed it for #FreedomInTheWorld, and found 24 countries that have targeted exiles recently.
Freedom on the Net
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So much crypto drama...both Bitcoin and ETH. In the meantime, authoritarianism continues to steadily eat away at the foundations of global freedom. This drama distracts us from the real task at hand: using the technology to make the world a freer place.
"the fact that the system has proven durable so far is no guarantee that it will continue to do so... The current overall US score puts American democracy closer to struggling counterparts like Croatia than to traditional peers such as Germany or the UK."
Liberal values have declined in the US under Pres. Trump, but
’s latest annual report cites a longer slide:
More evidence of democracy in decline--for the 13th year in a row,
’s #FreedomInTheWorld Report recorded a fall in global freedom
Freedom House shows 13th consecutive year of decline in freedom around the world, spanning many countries across every region, from longstanding democracies such as the United States to consolidated authoritarian regimes such as China and Russia
"The overall losses are still shallow compared with the gains of the late 20th century, but the pattern is consistent and ominous. Democracy is in retreat." --
's significant Freedom in the World 2019 report