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Turkey’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?


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Turkey’s Creeping Authoritarianism: Is the Resistance Enough?

Stephen Zunes

Turkey’s march towards authoritarianism took another dangerous turn this past week with the forced resignation of moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, apparently at the insistence of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Though constitutionally the Turkish prime minister wields executive authority and the president is largely a figurehead, Erdoğan—who served as prime minister for eleven years before term limits forced him to step down in 2014—appears to still be in charge.


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"Democratic Islamists" seems every bit oxymoronic as "Democratic Capitalists".


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The soft pedal is definitely being tapped in Mr. Zunes criticism of Erdogan. How can someone write about Erdogan and not even mention the ongoing ethnic cleansing, including massacres, of the Kurds - ostensibly due to ethnic hatred, but largely because libertarian socialist alternatives the Kurds have developed? These socialist alternatives are why the US supports the repression of the Kurds as "terrorists". If the imprisoned Ocalan had been reading Milton Friedman instead of Bakunin and Bookchin, the US would be hailing them as "freedom fighters" right now.


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Donald Trump and Erdogan are two peas in a pod. Once Trump gets to know him, I seriously doubt that Trump will get in his way in the least. Surely you don't believe everything Trump says...


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"Indeed, rather than resembling Iran of the ayatollahs as some initially
feared, it is instead looking increasingly like the Russia of Vladimir
Putin".

Eh? That is a non-sequitor at the very least, if one is to retain one's good manners about this statement.


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Yes, because everyone knows that Putin is a model of ethical democratic governance with the right to dissent respected for all. He is also a champion of the down-trodden everywhere!


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Whatever may be said, thought and be true of Vlad the Rus, that comment in that article is stil a non-sequitur in the context of the article. Why pick on Putin? There are plenty of bad bastards out there.