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THE END OF DEMOCRACY

 

 

Oleh :  Zeng Wei Jian

 

Busurnews.com, Jakarta – George Floyd dibunuh by systematic racism. Trigger demonstrasi all over the world. Trump menurunkan coercive force. Seperti badai. Taktik militer; tear gas, rubber bullet, tameng, pepper spray & flash bang.

Jurnalis ditembakin. Old-timer dianiaya. Perempuan ditendang. Pessimism into outright defeatism; Democracy is devouring itself.

Amerika dikuasai right-wing populist elites. By some metrics, right-wing populist naik 3x lipat di Eropa, dari 4% tahun 1998 jadi 13% di tahun 2018.

Democracy is unworkable selama 2 milenia. Sedari Era Plato. Amerika coba 200 tahun. Hanya ada 12 negara demokrasi di tahun 1945. By the end of the century meningkat jadi 87 negara. Golden age of democracy. Di dekade #2 abad 21, the shift to democracy berhenti & malah berbalik arah.

Right-wing populist governments beri simple answers to complicated questions. Salahkan imigrant Mexico, TKA China & Komunis sebagai penyebab kemiskinan. America blamed it on Islam for terrorist attacks.

Demokrasi rusak di tangan “the people”. Semua manusia punya undemocratic impulses. Pada dasarnya tidak rasional. “Human brains aren’t built for self-rule”, kata Shawn Rosenberg founder of George Washington University’s History News Network.

Provokator rasis manipulasi people’s stone-age brain. Menghancurkan smart politics. Membuat orang adopsi illogical choice. Memilih pemimpin berdasarkan ras, agama, gender.

Ironinya adalah more democracy is leading towards authoritarianism. Sosial media membebaskan right-wingers sebar hoax, hatespeech, pornografi, fitnah dan fakenews. Misused it as “Alat Propaganda”.

Right-wing deadly mix of xenophobia & racism memaksa elite mengadopsi authoritarianism.

Profesor Shawn Rosenberg menyatakan “the elites” punya tendensi tradisional cegah society menjadi liberal demokrasi total.

“The elites” artinya “the people holding power at the top of the economic, political and intellectual pyramid”. Demokrasi okay. But not too much.

Amerika beri legitimasi para penguasa dunia rilis “oligarchic-democratic-authority” sebagai respon terhadap protest. It is the end of democracry as we know it. Sebuah warning keras bagi perusuh & pemberontak di seluruh dunia. Termasuk di Indonesia.(***)

 

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