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Should The US Be Considered A Democracy?

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Does the US live up to the standards it sets for the rest of the world? Is the United States really the torchbearer for global democracy that most Americans think it is? – Second Thought

 

Citations: 1. Nation of inequality: http://theinequalitylab.com/wp-content/uploads/PfefferWaitkus_DP-2019-2.pdf?189db0&189db0

2. Three richest own more than bottom 50%: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/jul/03/bernie-sanders/bernie-sanders-target-saying-3-richest-have-much-w/

3. How much Bezos makes in one minute: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-makes-every-day-hour-minute-2018-10

4. US spends more on military than next 10 nations combined: https://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0053_defense-comparison

5. US coups and regime change: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change_in_Latin_America

6. 1953 Coup in Iran: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690363402/how-the-cia-overthrew-irans-democracy-in-four-days

7. Poverty statistics: https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-current-poverty-rate-united-states

8. US healthcare ranks worst in the developed world: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2019

9. US on list of deadliest countries for journalists: https://time.com/5483773/us-deadliest-countries-journalists-deaths-2018/

10. Police targeting journalists: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/newsfeed/2020/06/police-targeting-journalists-protests-200609131908965.html

11. Tax laws benefit the wealthy: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/11-13-19tax.pdf

12. Environmental regulations in line with big corporations’ desires: https://influencemap.org/report/How-Big-Oil-Continues-to-Oppose-the-Paris-Agreement-38212275958aa21196dae3b76220bddc

13. Anti-union activity: https://files.epi.org/pdf/179315.pdf

14. Who owns American media outlets: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/06/01/these-15-billionaires-own-americas-news-media-companies/#1dc8f77a660a

15. Healthcare sector donations to politicians: https://www.businessinsider.com/healthcare-donations-to-2020-presidential-candidates-2019-7

16. The Neoliberal consensus: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/11/neoliberalism-term-meaning-democratic-party-jonathan-chait Should The US Be Considered A Democracy?

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