The West has been exporting a sacred commodity to the world called democracy, and the bet on the acquisition of that commodity depended on its quality and the ability of those who dreamed of it to maintain its effectiveness in achieving the well-being and prosperity of their countries. Before it was a political rule confined to electoral boxes whose value does not exceed the votes of the voters, it stood on important stations in the Arab and Western world alike, and the challenges of democracy did not end with the threats of populism, but rather the situation worsened so that Western democracy became a poster behind which settlement policies and imperial expansion hide. In the region, and perhaps the goods that our peoples wanted to import became expensive and expensive, the center cannot afford a distinguished experience outside the borders of its empire.
Populism…the obsession with the erosion of Western democracies
On January 06, 2021, the masses headed to the American capital, Washington, to find out an important moment in the history of the United States after the media reported the victory of Democratic candidate Joe Biden for the presidency. The situation was very worrying due to the statements of former President Donald Trump rejecting the election results and accusing his opponents of stealing votes The voters, the supporters of the defeated president gathered, as described by his opponents, and it seemed in the American capital that a human tsunami was about to topple the most important sovereign building in the oldest Western democracies, so that the world witnessed at that time a state of confusion and panic creeping towards the deputies of the deputies inside the Capitol.
With the acceleration of events following the storming of the Capitol by some demonstrators, who were described by politicians of the Democratic and Republican parties as mobs, the demagoguery rekindled the fears surrounding Western democracy and the ability of its institutions to immunize it from political excesses and social deviations, within liberal democratic contexts that established the monopoly of the welfare state and the law.
The crowds in front of the Capitol were painting a different picture from the ones in the West, a monolithic image of Trump’s policies and inflammatory rhetoric on the American street towards democracy. And under the influence of the Thatcherism, the Truman phenomenon was manifested in a populist garb that does not recognize the authority of elected structures and the moral controls of social diversity methods, where individual rights become imprisoned by the popular desire to isolate from the state of health. It is a shameful shorthand for democracy, as it is an electoral act that deprives the people of the voice of truth.
This chaotic situation resulting from the failure of the policeman of democracy with a populist behavior, would not have been able to float in the midst of an environment that fortified its electoral institutions with national laws that prevent uncontrollable disregard and work to mobilize the masses in a disturbing manner to establish a single thinking pattern in order to abandon the degree of suitability for the ruling regime, had it not been for the work on sanctifying Popular sovereignty as an “absolute truth” has been manipulated and ignored the negative effects of media empires towards it, and the obsession with the erosion of Western democracy is difficult to define with the exacerbation of the crisis of political theology and its delinquency for leaders that feed the wrong tendencies formed through a racist view of irregular immigration and hostility to the other, and he has included the two phenomena within the rejection The incursion of monopolistic companies and the income crisis and unemployment in Western capitalist societies
Perhaps the Western democracies – which have excessively adapted human rights in favor of their imperialist interests – should have watched, as they reap some of what was found in their tampering with the values of justice, dignity and the struggle of oppressed peoples, the populist groups how to exploit the democratic gaps reinforced by the policies of exclusion and rhetoric of incitement to impose an exceptional state of democracy.
The statements of the former president about electoral fraud, followed by unrest in the street, were not the final nail in the series of misleading and continuous fabrications of Western policies, but it hastened the lifting of the curtain on the quarrelsome enemies produced by liberal democracy, to dispel the reductionist and simplistic rhetoric of reforms that prompted Western societies to demonstrate Breaking into government buildings and inciting riots do not show civilized behaviors as much as imprisoning their owner within a narrow circle in which rational thinking recedes.
The populists persist in creating a counter-democracy out of the womb of liberal Western experiences, somewhat similar to the totalitarian rhetoric of the banana republics, those republics that still live in cultural isolation as a result of the dictatorial practices supported by the West. Their peoples made huge sacrifices because of the shameful complicity of the democratic policeman. Syrian Bashar al-Assad, in his last statement after winning a meager presidential election, describing the revolution of the Syrian people against injustice and tyranny as a bulls’ revolution, that non-recognition of the election results is not equal to zero in the eyes of the existing authority, which calls for standing on the reality of Western democracy and its condoning of the aspirations of the peoples in the West Bank. Southern freedom, and its adoption of populist policies against any political stability in the Arab region, and while the obsessed are obsessed with the erosion of Western democracies in observing political parties as they spoil the democratic process by mobilizing the masses with populist ideology, the farce continuesIn our Arab homeland, the idea of absurd democracy is established according to boxes that carry the voices of those whose coffins were stolen from them while they were alive.
Fragile reductionism: democracy and Islamophobia
If the United States of America has witnessed the rise of populist currents and the exacerbation of the challenges they posed, Europe is also not spared from those accelerating waves of the rise of extreme right-wing parties that adopt hate speech and incitement against minorities and foreigners, but there is a clear difference between those whose democratic institutions stand in the face of the tide Populism, and those who prejudice social and cultural diversity with racist and inflammatory institutional discourses, reinforced with exceptional laws directed at targeting a particular society, under flimsy pretexts and fears that have no basis except in the fantasies of mutated liberals, the Republic of France comes as the most prominent example of this dangerous transformation in the policies manifested by the liberal current Which, with every presidential entitlement, led by former banker Emmanuel Macron, tends to a populist discourse that contradicts the principles of the secular republic.
Despite the focus of the propaganda machine of the ideology of the French Republic on strengthening the idea of the secular state and mobilizing the French society for it, it has become clear the succession of political fabrications and racist discourses towards Muslims because they are different societies that cannot be in harmony with the values and laws of the French state, and perhaps the way in which the West reminds us of how difficult it is to accept Europeans to the cultures competing with his culture, these vulgar statements by the French president about Islam as he is experiencing a global crisis due to the spread of separatist tendency of political Islam movements, come with satisfactory descriptions of the contradictions experienced by Western liberalism calling for the preservation of individual and societal rights and freedoms.
What President Macron called emotional separation, as a law that protects the French from the campaigns of Islamization, as he described it, refers us to the allegations held by the extreme right in Europe, which calls for rejecting the policies of settlement of irregular immigrants and promoting a culture against what Marie Le Pen calls horrific totalitarianism, as the aggravation of superficial knowledge With the facts, which the French gained about Islam with every presidential entitlement, and the saturation with the feelings of making a single culture based on exceptional laws, it restores the meta-image of Western civilization charged with amounts of fear among many who marketed freedom as a tradition suspended from the West.
The state of emotional separation that the French presidency talked about, went beyond the borders of the republic to reach the southern bank of the world, as its president, Macron, gave an interview with the newspaper “Le Journal du Dimanche” after the Mali coup on May 25, 2021, saying: Either our soldiers or radical Islam, adding: A message to the leaders of West African countries that he will not stay on the side of a country in which there is no longer a democratic legitimacy or a process of transition of power. France, which did not leave a dictator in Africa but supported him to maintain its political and economic influence, and which draws contradictions with its shameful attitudes towards emerging democracies, has not left behind Congratulations to the leader of the Chadian Military Council, “Mohamed Deby”In fact, Macron’s democracy – which roamed the Lebanese capital after the explosion of its port, bypassing the political traditions regulating international relations – is going through a stage of emotional separation from the developments imposed by the arena and the new players in the region, and it is strange for a state that boasts of the values of modernity and secularism to deny its official institutions for its cultural and civilizational gains.
We must be well aware that what Western democracy has granted the Muslim community to complete its national integration, and preserve its civilizational and economic gains that it contributed to achieving, it has become difficult to bet on it in a circumstance in which the new totalitarian politicians monopolize the values of freedom and human diversity, to export their internal political failure and burden minorities and reserves more. Of the errors and consequences of institutional populism.