At the very latest since the military coup has failed in Turkey, a lot of the land’s leaders proclaim ‘democracy’ to have won. But not only there, in Europe, too, political protagonists call the phrase ’democracy’ their own. The observer is wondering: Who has suddenly become a ‘democratic advocator’?.
Turkey’s president Erdogan has called for defending democracy when the coup was undergoing in spite of being himself an authoritarian ruler rather than a “flawless democrat”, unseating unpleasant opponents earlier before. Europe’s far-right populists of UKIP, Front National or Germany’s AFD stress the so called ‘direct democracy’ to attack current politics as imposed, but being themselves anything but liberal. On the other side, far left-wing players hit out at an “undemocratic” system.
Meaning and sense of “democracy” seems to be arbitrarily swappable. Everyone helps himself in the “self-service store of democracy”. The observer who looks at the spirit of time may want to “push the reset button”.
All this culminates in one question: What is genuine democracy?