In the News (From eiu.com): The results of the Economist Intelligence Unit’s “Democracy Index 2010” show a decline in democracy across the world’s regions. The report states that “the economic and financial crisis boosted some authoritarian regimes and accentuated existing negative political trends, most notably in Europe, both east and west.” The global trend in democratization has come to a halt in what Larry Diamond (2008) called a “democratic recession.” Democracy is in retreat.
Authoritarianism has been intensifying in Middle East and the former USSR. Democratization seems to cause disappointment in the masses. In Africa, it has come to a complete halt, whereas Latin America has developed a tendency toward populist movements.
In the West, the public’s participation in political life has also declined. The double standards the foreign policies and attacks on civil liberties cause disappointment in democratization and drive the public to accuse their own governments in hypocrisy.
My comment: According to Kabbalah, if the world doesn’t develop awareness of the natural plan of its development and choose to be similar to nature, then all presently existing political systems will be replaced by fascist and fundamentalist regimes, and the world will quickly fall into the 3rd world war. See Baal HaSulam’s book The Future Generation and newspaper “Ha Uma (The People).”