Political violence is rising across the world, including here in the United States. But proven strategies can help curb such violence, including domestic abuse and the acting out of ideological extremism.
The first stage might be dehumanization and allowing a mass public to start having beliefs about violence. The next stage is trying to get organized groups. These are really violence entrepreneurs or violence specialists
Despite their hard-hitting rhetoric, Nigeria’s political leaders have done little to rein in local government corruption and the governance failures it causes.
This “new pink tide” appears even more dominant than its predecessor in the 2000s that brought to power leaders like Argentina’s Cristina Kirchner, Bolivia’s Evo Morales and Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez. However, comparing the two cohorts reveals more differences than similarities.
All of this suggests that a grim future might be in store. Intransigent, identity-based parties, often led by politicians dehumanizing the other side, are strongly correlated with increases in political violence.
Expectations that Latin America will attract massive investments as a result of a U.S.-China decoupling will likely turn out to be overly optimistic.
The fact that political violence is going to start affecting everyday people’s lives needs to get demonstrated. Americans need to understand that you can’t just keep your head down, stay out of politics and avoid what’s happening.
L3Harris and NSO group got ahead of their skis... but in reality it's not something that is going to happen.
Americans may feel that these incidents of political violence are “high politics” that they can avoid if they steer clear of the political arena. That feeling is widespread in countries I have studied where political violence grows to dangerous levels. It is always a false hope.
What separates a democracy from a dictatorship? The ability for the will of voters to determine who governs them. The rule of law, a force that holds even the most powerful to a set of rules and institutions independent of the will of any one man. The peaceful transfer of power between parties.