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Amanpur warns against ‘slight dictatorship’ at home during the Ukraine war

As Ukrainians fight to defend their democracy, PBS’s Christian Amanpur, in his Friday show, similarly declared it necessary to defend democracy at home for those who would rather seek to establish a kind of dictatorship.

Speaking to political scientist Francis Fukuyama, Amanpur warned, “Your own country, the United States, has seen it – and of course some European countries, and especially in Eastern Europe, you know, liberal democracy, even the slightest dictatorship, even in our democracy.” And it was happening in the United States. And much of it was the result of incredible biased divisions within the United States.

Earlier in the segment, Fukuyama denounced those who equated the masked mandate with authoritarianism, claiming that Ukraine’s war issues should be taken into account, but Amanpur argued that the mandate’s opposition had led to an increase in internal dictatorship that made no sense.

Despite this lack of consistency, he adds, “there seems to be no common sense in countries like the United States and other liberal democracies. So, although ‘we’ have won this war against Ukraine’s dictatorship, , Need to be seriously reset. “

Fukuyama agreed and warned leaders on Vladimir Putin’s side:

Oh, absolutely. See, there is a war going on which has both external manifestations, like Ukraine, but it has internal. And what really sets this war apart from the Cold War is that it has reached the heart of our democracy, because you know, our former president, or there are populist politicians like Matteo Salvini in Italy, or Victor Urban of Hungary, who is really Putin’s ally, who Kind of likes strong rule.

Fukuyama not only ignored Trump’s role in arming Ukraine, he bizarrely declared, “And they all work together. They all support each other. They support undemocratic rule. They have all gathered in Venezuela to keep Nicolas Maduro in power. And so it is, first of all, an international network of anti-democratic forces. And unfortunately, our democracy has deep allies. “

None of the three support Maduro, but Joe Biden has sought to work with him on oil production.

Who wrote End of history It concludes with a final warning about the erosion of democracy, “and so when I say we need to practice some agency to fight, it has both an international dimension, like the battlefield in Ukraine, but it also has an internal dimension, where our democratic institutions This erosion must be defended by people who do not really value democracy. “

Neither Amanpur nor Fukuyama gave any concrete examples of this fall in authoritarianism, only vague allegations against their opponents.

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Here is a transcript of the March 18 show:

PBS Amanpur & Company

3/19/2022

1:10 AM ET

Christian Amanpur: Yes, but only your own country, the United States, has seen it – and of course some European countries, and especially Eastern Europe, you know, liberal democracies, even our democracies, tend to be a little dictatorial. And it was happening in the United States. And much of it is the result of incredible biased divisions within the United States. You’ve just touched it, with the fight over the vaccine mandate and-and– the rest.

But – but– countries like the United States and other liberal democracies seem to have no common sense. So, although “we” have won this war against the dictatorship of Ukraine, it seems to me that the table is sitting at home, in the house of democracy, in a very, very deep way, in a serious way.

Francis Fukuyama: Oh, absolutely. See, there is a war going on which has both external manifestations, like Ukraine, but it has internal. And what really sets this war apart from the Cold War is that it has reached the heart of our democracy, because you know, our former president, or there are populist politicians like Matteo Salvini in Italy, or Victor Urban of Hungary, who is really Putin’s ally, who Kind of likes strong rule.

And they all work together. They all support each other. They support undemocratic rule. They have all gathered in Venezuela to keep Nicolas Maduro in power. And so it is, first of all, an international network of anti-democratic forces. And unfortunately, our democracy has deep-seated allies. And so when I say that we have to practice some agency to fight, it has both an international dimension, like the battlefield of Ukraine, but it also has a domestic dimension, where we have to protect our democratic institutions the way democracy should be evaluated. No.

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