Welcome to Round Nine of the Carnival of the Decline of Democracy - Blogging 'till the secret police take us away.
Mr. Purpleslog begins this week's roundup with Democracy != Elections, Modern Democracies are... - Is the simple act of voting enough to say a nation is a democracy? Read and find out.
Hippo Campy presents us with The United States of Standard Deviants - including a simple chart showing the 2% of voices at each extreme of the political spectrum and the great majority in the middle, with no voice.
The Agonist (Shaula Evans) submits Princess Diana Moments. - How do those in power create "sacred narratives" that bind communities and nations together, and how is that power abused?
Phil for Humanity has something to say about Stop Pork Barrel Politics - and asks us to "imagine a government where pork barrel politics is not practiced and even illegal..."
Wa Salaam (Abu Sahajj) gives some background on Privacy and Government Snooping. - Also discussed are some pioneers in cryptology and the fight for online privacy.
Avant News informs us that there are Nearly 21 Million Iraqis Not Yet Killed (Satire). - News of the future from Donald Rumsfeld's "Office of Looking on the Bright Side."
Bill Losapio gives an accounting of False Flags (Conspiracy?) - A few of the holes in the official story of 9/11. You may dismiss them all, but there are some good questions here.
Each alternate Monday when it is time to select the posts to include here the decision gets more difficult. There were many other excellent posts, but the point of the carnival is to weed through all of them and select the best, the most relevant to the topic, and still maintain a broad array of viewpoints. I hope that you've enjoyed my selections for this week.
Thank you for joining us on our bi-weekly look at the decline of democracy (and occasionally hopeful responses to it). The next edition of the Carnival will be posted on Monday, October 9th, with entries requested by Saturday, October 7th, at midnight.
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