Tony Blair Warns "Fragile" Western Democracies Are In "Peril"

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A few days ago we wrote an article asking how stable the world's democracies really were and noted the opinion of at least one Harvard historian who saw extreme risk related to the global wave of anti-establishment sentiment (see "How Stable Are The World's Democracies? - 'Warning Signs Are Flashing Red'").  Apparently Tony Blair, the former British Prime Minister, agrees that the political upheaval from Brexit to Trump to the collapse of the Italian government on Sunday signal the most dangerous time for Western democracies in decades.

Per the USA Today, in speaking to a group of business leaders at the No Labels conference, Blair noted being startled by the number of people "longing" for an authoritarian leader saying "it's amazing how many people you will find who will reference a style
of leadership of (Russian) President Putin in a positive way."

"It does feel perilous, actually, because I think there are decisions that are being taken of vast moment in circumstances where systems are fragile," he told Capital Download on Monday. "And that is troubling."

 

Of particular concern to him is a "longing" for an authoritarian leader.

 

"It's amazing how many people you will find who will reference a style of leadership of (Russian) President Putin in a positive way," he told USA TODAY's weekly video newsmaker series. "I think people want their country moving and they think that if the present system is not moving it, and not making the changes that they want to see, then maybe someone who just says, 'I don't care what anyone thinks; I'm just going to go for it, and this is what I'm going to do' — that has a certain attraction.

 

"If the center isn't a place of strength and vitality, and it looks kind of flabby and just managing the status quo, then you're at risk of someone coming along and doing that."

Tony Blair

 

Blair also noted an "immense amount of anger at the established ways of doing things," something he attributed, at least in part, to social media and the rise of "fake news."  Blair went on to warn that the new wave of media "locks people into conversations with people who just agree with
them, and who then have a general conspiracy-theory view of the rest of
the world."  Yes, we suspect that the new wave of media would be frightening to established politicians who are used to exercising complete control over the media narrative. 

"There is immense amount of anger at established ways of doing things," Blair said. "There is, I think, a whole group of people who feel ignored by those in power, that is for sure true. There is more anger around in politics than for a long time." While issues such as immigration aren't new, there is "much greater skepticism towards globalization and the benefits of it."

 

What's more, "social media is a revolutionary phenomenon," he went on. "It changes the way politics works. It changes the way the media works. If we're not careful, it locks people into conversations with people who just agree with them, and who then have a general conspiracy-theory view of the rest of the world."

In the end, Blair expressed greater concern for European democracies many of which, he said, are at a "point of fragility that troubles me."

"I'm less worried about America than I am about Europe; I'll be very frank with you," he said. "America is such a strong country and you've got so many checks-and-balances and you've got such resilience in your economy and so on; you guys will do fine, I'm sure. In Europe, we have systems that are at a point of fragility that troubles me."

In summary, people around the world are pissed off and it's loosely attributable to "fake news" and Russia.

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Rubicon's picture

Who gives a flying fuck what Bliar thinks?

beemasters's picture

Throw him in jail already!

BaBaBouy's picture

HEY ... Idea ... Let Invade Iraq ~~~

cossack55's picture

Maybe he will be troubled enough to die already.

UndergroundPost's picture

The piece of shit Globalist Blair thinks anger is because people "feel ignored"? Hey Blair, no one feels ignored, we feel cheated, lied to, manipulated and disgust, disdain & utter animus toward you and your globalist/socialist policies. NOTE TO GLOBALISTS: this is not about being ignored. This is about smashing your centralization policies, your efforts to create an International Socialist Order, your dumb ass FANTASY that TOP DOWN dictatorships instead of BOTTOM UP governance are best. INTERNATIONAL SOCIALISM & ALL IT'S MANIFESTATIONS INCLUDING CENTRAL FIAT BANKING, MULTI-CULTURALISM, UNITED NATIONS and MARXISM and its "RED MARKET" jibberish MUST & WILL BE DESTROYED!

Climb back under your rock of ignorance, Blair you Fuck

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) UndergroundPost Dec 6, 2016 11:35 AM

Van Jones said people in the rust belt felt ignored by the negro president.

ahahahahah FUCK OFF!

TahoeBilly2012's picture

If this guy isn't the poster "boy" for #Pizzagate pedophiles, who is?

Handful of Dust's picture

 

"We bombed some folks."

~ Tony Blair

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

I think what Tony is saying is, the network of global elite pedophiles who run our western democracies, and of which he is a member, are in grave danger of getting exposed and destroyed. DOTR cannot come fast enough for these filthy degenerates.

Stainless Steel Rat's picture
Stainless Steel Rat (not verified) Buckaroo Banzai Dec 6, 2016 12:11 PM

Who needs authoritarian rule when one can just fix the intelligence and the facts around the policy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downing_Street_memo

Stuck on Zero's picture

Western Democracies in peril???  WTF. That's like saying the T. Rex is in peril.

Never One Roach's picture

Tony "Mad Dawg" Blair decimated hundreds of thousands of middle easterners that he bombed. Women and children, hospitals and weddings.....

However, he fell short of the Million Dead Mark to rearn a Nobel Peace Prize like Barry did.

Unknown User's picture

 

Russia has Western controlled government and bureaucracy.  Putin has people on his side to force the government into occasionally doing something for the people, and that's what Tony Blair hates.  They can't remove Putin because he has over 80% of the people behind him.  They are afraid of tyranny of the people.

 

 

Peterk_kk's picture

Spot on Bro'.  Every time I see or hear about Blair I want to throw up.  

Blair should be behind bars and left to rot.  Fucked the world up and then along with the Clintons ran around making millions from the misery that they created.  Sound familiar - the Soros model of creating money.  

 

Kayman's picture

That lying POS Blair should be fed a big slice of Yellow Cake slathered with lots of fresh Bullshit Icing.

Western Democracies in trouble ?  How about $6,000 billion wasted killing people in the Middle East while achieving absolutely nothing; excepting for creating a Muslim migrant crisis for all of Europe and Britain.

GUS100CORRINA's picture

Tony Blair is the personification of the "ANTICHRIST".

This guy is a FABIAN SOCIALIST!!!! America is NOT NOW nor has it EVER BEEN A DEMOCRACY. America was founded as a constitutional republic!!

We need to watch out for this guy! His IDEAS are DANGEROUS to LIBERTY and FREEDOM in the AMERICAN REPUBLIC!!!!

Uzda Farce's picture
Uzda Farce (not verified) GUS100CORRINA Dec 6, 2016 4:40 PM

The UK Labour Party was founded by the Fabians, and is a member of the "Socialist International" organization also based in London.

http://www.socialistinternational.org/about.cfm

Background on the Fabians, the Rockefeller/CFR, and corporate socialism:

"The Socialist International is a London-based organisation set up by the Fabian Society and the Labour Party for the purpose of establishing a world government controlled by international financial interests... The Rockefellers, in particular, had spent millions of dollars financing Fabian projects like the London School of Economics (LSE) and the League of Nations, and played a central role in founding and financing the League’s successor, the United Nations."

http://www.freebritainnow.org/0/socialist_international_world_government...

Note that Janet Yellen, Stanley Fischer, Robert Rubin, Paul Volcker and George Soros all studied at LSE. All are members of the Rockefeller/CFR, where Rubin is Chairman. See member lists at cfr dot org. Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, husband of CFR member Lynn Forester de Rothschild, is Governor Emeritus of the LSE.

http://www.inc-cap.com/bio/sir-evelyn-de-rothschild/

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Holy hand grenade of Antioch (not verified) BaBaBouy Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

Is this, like, his (((Alan Greenspan))), incredulity "wow I coulda had a V-8" moment?

NoDebt's picture

Thanks, Tony.  You know it occurs to me that maybe "western democracies" wouldn't be so "fragile" if they hadn't been thoroughly corrupted and run as oligarchies for the last handful of decades.

But you guys are still up for invading some country in the ME with us if we need you, right?  Cool.  Thanks.  We got your number.

The Wizard's picture

This was more of an anit-Federalist position in the Federalist Papers. Madison provides the warning, but the Hamiltonians won, big time, with a strong central government and and central bank. All democracies die in tyranny. 

Madison on Democracies from Wikipedia

Federalist No. 10 (Federalist Number 10) is an essay written by James Madison as the tenth of The Federalist Papers, a series of essays initiated by Alexander Hamilton arguing for the ratification of the United States Constitution. Hamilton chose and invited John Jay and James Madison to contribute as co-authors under the pseudonym "Publius" (the pseudonym under which all of The Federalist Papers were published, and under which Alexander Hamilton started the series with the Federalist No. 1). Published on November 29, 1787, Federalist No. 10 is among the most highly regarded of all American political writings.[1]

No. 10 addresses the question of how to guard against "factions", or groups of citizens, with interests contrary to the rights of others or the interests of the whole community. Madison saw factions as inevitable due to the nature of man - that is, as long as men hold differing opinions, have differing amounts of wealth, and own differing amount of property, they will continue to form alliances with people who are most similar to them, and they will sometimes work against the public interest, and infringe upon the rights of others. Thus, he questions how to guard against those dangers.[citation needed]

Federalist No. 10 continues a theme begun in Federalist No. 9; it is titled, "The Same Subject Continued: The Utility of the Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction and Insurrection". The whole series is cited by scholars and jurists as an authoritative interpretation and explication of the meaning of the Constitution. Jurists have frequently read No. 10 to mean that the Founding Fathers did not intend the United States government to be partisan[citation needed] and others have argued that given Madison's clear understanding that partisanship is inevitable, he suggests that a representative republic form of government is more effective against factions than a direct democracy.[citation needed] Thus, Madison saw the Constitution as forming a "happy combination" of a republic and a democracy and with "the great and aggregate interests being referred to the national, the local and particular to the State legislatures" the power would not be centralized in a way that would make it "more difficult for unworthy candidates to practice the vicious arts by which elections are too often carried."

Freddie's picture

Fragile western police states.

It all troubles him.  Does it trouble him about the millions of innocent people that he, the Bushes, Clintons and Obola have murdered in Middle Eastern and African countries for the NWO and mega corporations?   HE is an evil piece of shit.

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Rubicon Dec 6, 2016 11:29 AM

Yea, especially if the Democraps keep up the voter fraud.  Look what they discovered in the recount in Detroit that voted overwhelmingly for Hillary:

"Many jammed when voters fed ballots into scanners, which can result in erroneous vote counts if ballots are inserted multiple times. Poll workers are supposed to adjust counters to reflect a single vote but in many cases failed to do so, causing the discrepancies,"

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/05/recount-unreco...

 

UndergroundPost's picture

See post above. INTERNATIONAL BANKSTERS, GLOBALISTS & MARXISTS MUST BE DESTROYED.

flaminratzazz's picture

Dear Mr Blair, kindly fvkoff you fvkin fvk.

cool_guy's picture

Exactly!...he took us into a war that destabliszed ME.....a war that was totaly avoidable with sanctions. Now he is giving his expert advice on western democracies that he helped weaken!....

webmatex's picture

Saw the headline and came to help with the arrow clicking and raw hatred.

Is this guy more despised than the Schill?

Fuck you Nazi.

Bliars Fate!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITyt4RvmBFw

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Phoney Tony, is that Bill Clinton's purple tie, that he wore to Hillary's concessions speech on 11/9?

Infnordz's picture

.. and spend-thrify waster of a lot of the UK's wealth during cyclic more prosperous times, and a traitor for sucking up to the the tyrannical EU and introducing more toxic law.

AnngeloJamaica's picture

Tony Blair was not eliminated and that is why the cockroach keeps crawling out from underneath a rock.  

LawsofPhysics's picture

"fragile western republics" -- fixed it for you Tony, you corrupt piece if shit.

GreatUncle's picture

fragile -fake- western republics.

aliki's picture

and what was his "prediction" for iraq???

AC_Doctor's picture

War Profiteer and NWO boot licker.

RealityCheque's picture

And a cross-dresser who was once arrested in a public bathroom for "importuning".

south40_dreams's picture

Tony Fucking Blair
bahaha

orangegeek's picture

EAT SHIT TONY BLAIR!!!

 

Shitbag lugenpresse pumping these fossils like they matter - right up there with Jimmy Carter interviews.

Neochrome's picture

This Bla-a-a-a-a-air goat is stil braying some shit?

LetThemEatRand's picture

No, Tony.  People have figured out that the status quo means graft and corruption of politicians, rent seeking by central banks and oligarchs, and war profiteering by the MIC.  And we already have authoritarian leaders who consider themselves above the law.   It is nothing but bare propaganda to equate the population's desire for change with a desire for an "authoritarian" leader.  Quite the opposite is true.

Secret Weapon's picture

Only fragil because socialism has rotted them from the inside out. 

29.5 hours's picture

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Democracy, true democracy, is never fragile.

Herdee's picture

He's a war criminal lock'm up. Who cares what the asshole says. 

Robert Trip's picture

Tony Blair warns his greedy narcissistic ass is in peril.

NumberNone's picture

I'm sorry, did I miss the apology part for having a hand in putting the West in such a fragile position?

Silverhog's picture

Who made them Fragile asshole!