Bill Maher’s short video – New Rule: The War on Democracy – does a pretty good job of describing the Republican party’s shift away from democracy.
However, he doesn’t really explain why it’s happening; he just humorously points out that it is happening.
My hunch is that there’s some motivating reason behind the Republican party’s shift away from democracy. Of course, there may be multiple reasons for the shift, but it would be nice if there were some overarching reason for why it’s happening
One interpretation is that those who are pushing the Republican party away from democracy are mainly motivated by a common fear, and that fear is best explained by something called: The Great Replacement Theory.
In my blog post about the Great Replacement Theory, I discuss how Professor Robert Pape is using it to better understand the Republican Party. More specifically, he’s trying to understand and explain why the Republicans are shifting away from democracy.
Pape’s thesis is that if we better understand what’s motivating the Republicans, we’ll be in a better position to counteract their efforts to undermine democracy.
New Rule: The War on Democracy
by Bill Maher
22 April 2022
“Democracy doesn’t die in darkness. It dies in plain sight because enough people think democracy is a luxury America can no longer afford.”
The Great Replacement Theory Explains the Main Motivation for the January 6th Insurrection
blog post by: Fred M. Beshears
blog post about: Robert Pape’s study of the Great Displacement Theory
According to Professor Robert Pape, the main motivation for the insurrection on January 6, 2021 can be explained by the Great Replacement Theory.
In his interview with Michel Martin, Professor Pape also provides the characteristics of those who participated in the insurrection (e.g. 93% are white and 86% are male).