A mob storming Capitol Hill is what the President of the world’s most secured and established democracy had urged for. The visuals of protestors storming Capitol Hill were somewhat similar to the times of civil war. Seditious words turned into violent deeds. After the protests, there is an ongoing debate about the Western Democracies. Western democracies were vulnerable to some extent to the other side of the Atlantic, but Right-Wing Populism (RWP) didn’t leave this side of the Atlantic unaffected.
A populist president whose days are numbered made a desperate effort to stop the election results. When Vice President Mike Pence read the results of elections 2020 on the floor, a right-wing populist died its own death. But what happened at Capitol Hill on Wednesday left an everlasting scar on the credibility of liberal democracy.
The scenes which unfolded at the Capitol were a replica of what happened on the other side of the Atlantic. Remain alone what the West used to do in third world countries and the Middle East. This time the Western democratic model failed.
The scenes were similar to the 2006 attack on Hungary’s parliament when a far-right mob attacked the legislative assembly. The protests continued for weeks, and the streets were stormed with protestors and army for weeks. Surprisingly, the attack on the parliament saw an increase in the support for the Right-Wing populist Prime Minister Victor Orban. The Capitol Hill episode also reminded me of the German National Socialist riots of the late 1920s, which continued till the early 1930s.
On the other hand, there were striking parallels. While analyzing all of the historical events, the recent protest in Germany against the latest coronavirus restrictions of the so-called Querdenker movement against the government depicts a different tale. The demonstrators stormed the steps of Germany’s Parliament building. Many of the protesters held the flag from the country’s imperial era, which symbolizes the extreme-right. Though police and law enforcement agencies barred the protestors from entering the parliament building, the event shook Germany’s democratic values and roots.
Defiant words turn into a vicious exploit. It was the same either on the steps of the German Parliament building, Hungary’s parliament building, and now on the Capitol Hill. Scorn and tumult jeopardize the popular governments, which we have witnessed in recent years as well. This practice lies in the imperil vote-based system, and brutality jeopardizes popular governments, which we have seen in the form of Orban, the German political system, and now the US.
There are numerous equals between the occasions in Washington and Berlin. Both the German development and the Trump allies utilized online gatherings, courier administrations, and web-based media stages to design their activities. The national guards of the US and Germany were not digitally equipped enough to monitor this type of event. The digital space is the vacuum that needs to fulfill, at least for the sake of democracy, which is dying in the hands of populists.
But the question arises whether all the western and liberal democracies are also vulnerable as Budapest, Berlin, and Washington DC?
The US is an old vote-based system; it is a rich, popular government. This should make it stable. Furthermore, the way we see the disintegration of the majority rules system in the US ought to be a notice sign to different nations. Western nations and the US can survive this breach of democracy, but the third world countries are not strong enough to survive this type of violation. The US survived the civil war breach of the Oval Office and will survive this as well. Hungary survived and German as well. But is the western model of democracy strong enough to survive in developing countries? The answer to this question is negative.
Already prevailing dominant part in the US, white male Christians see themselves as being in decrease. This is partially the thing that is driving this mentality. What’s more, this cultural change is a shared trait of every Western majority rules system.
The degree of polarization, in any case, is a lot higher in the United States than in most European nations. Some portion of this has to do with the way that there is a two-party framework. That’s a lost-lost political fight. Alliance governments can bring some relief from legislative issues, but they have equal to none representation in the houses.
In 1933, the popular German government fizzled, as the Nazis abused its shortcomings and figured out how to set up an authoritarian system. That is the reason why after World War II, West Germany set up what it thought about a strong majority rule government: A framework set up until now that limits the right to speak freely of discourse and relationship to shield and secure the protected request.
There is something to be learned for the US from that world’s experience. The idea that democracy is not a machine that runs on its own but has to be defended is a valuable lesson. The irony is that Americans helped build the world’s democratic system, but today, it is need of dire help.