Steep decline in young people who value democracy

From In Other News,

Rome, Oct.2015 – The last world survey on the strength of democracy went totally ignored, except for the New York Times, which did publish a special report. And yet the World Values Survey, a respected research association with the United Nations, conducted the survey and the data of the 2015 survey are extremely worrying.

In the United States, the number of Americans who approve the idea of “having the arm rule”, has gone from one in 15, in 1995, to one in six. And while, among those born before World War II, a strong 72% assigned living in a democracy the highest value on a scale of one to ten, for those born after 1980, less than 30% did.

The proportion of Europeans was scarcely greater at 32%, among those also born after 1980. And it was even smaller in Eastern Europe (24%.). The main concerns were the level of income, a secure job, a possible pension, all of which rated as more important than the type of regime under which to live.

I blame the universities.

But actually, it is not so simple. In an age of growing dependence on government, people just wanna be looked after. Freedom doesn’t mean freedom of speech, it means free pot.

A century ago, few Canadians, for example, depended on government for food, clothing and shelter, so governments that presumed to tell them what to think were far more naturally seen as an imposition.

Non-STEM university students are mostly just trainee ‘crats now …  and look what kind of role model they are getting.

Hat tip: Pos-Darwinista

  • This is disturbing, but then seeing what’s happening on university campus’s and within the broader society it should not come as a surprise.

    Elections in the US smack more of corporate oligarchs vying for the preferred trough position than anything the founding fathers envisioned.

    • disqusW6sf

      People are losing faith in their institutions and can one blame them.

    • UCSPanther

      That seems to be the natural cycle of civilizations, no matter what style of government they have.

    • Xavier

      …and the candidates are two cheeks on the same ass.

    • DD_Austin

      Kathleen “Dildo_us Julianus” Wynne needs plenty of gold for the media and
      the idle mob. The Polic….err her Praetorians will force the money out of you at gunpoint to do so while they prop up the pack of perverts.

      it’s “I. Claudius” live not in ancient Rome but in downtown Toronto, all
      the corruption, perversions, insanity, plots, live on the Queens Park webcast.

      Well at least we don’t have Caligula in charge, the Americans do

      And people are losing faith in democracy???…..

      The reason people don’t value “democracy” is because they’ve never
      seen it. Just having a vote every four years is not democracy, the party
      MSM/graft system sees to that.

      “If voting made any difference they wouldn’t let us do it.”
      Mark Twain

  • PapayaSF

    “Having the arm rule”?

    • Minicapt

      Its probably a measuring device developed by a chip company, “Applied
      RISC Machines”.


  • G

    “You can spit on freedom because you’ve known nothing else”

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali (In a CBC interview)

  • UCSPanther

    When one trades their freedom for a free and guaranteed bowl of gruel from their rulers, they have no right to complain when the system breaks down.

    After all: We saw what happened at that Wal-Mart down in Louisiana when the EBT system went down due to a glitch, and we are seeing the penultimate scenario play out in Greece.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They don’t dislike democracy they actively despise and fear it just like Islamotards and dead end communists.

  • truepeers

    But since democracy can mean voting ourselves other people’s money, then the “trainee crats” are themselves the essence of a failed democracy. We should be able to say that democracy has failed – Trudeau Chinalover, anyone? – without that meaning we love totalitarianism or are against the disciplines with which real freedom might one day be built again.

  • moraywatson

    Uhm, excuse me, but there is no “dependency on government”. The dependency is on me, the John Q. Public taxpaying mule.

    • Alain

      It is the government playing the role of pimp, and using the earnings by others. I won’t try to label the role we the taxpayers play in this game.

      • DD_Austin

        Try “victim”