The new, fake, democracy

New President, just like the old. Picture from Wikipedia

If you blinked, you missed the Presidential elections in Kazakhstan. After long time president dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev suddenly stepped down from power, an election, the first in Kazakh history, was held for a new President. And, sadly, as expected for a country only pretending to be a democracy, the ex-President’s pick, Kasymzhomart Tokayev, won with over 70% of the vote.

Now, that’s better than the obviously rigged 95% for the previous guy, but it’s hardly democracy. No surprise, Tokayev is a fan of Russia, and likely Russia gave a little assistance in the election realm that we will only learn about years later, probably because Russia is too busy helping Kazakhstan decrypting HTTPS traffic in the country in order to spy on its citizens.

This sort of “democracy” is becoming all too common. Having a plain ole’ dictatorship just doesn’t work out anymore. North Korea? Totally isolated. Libya? Dictator died in a ditch. Unless you’re in a part of Africa without oil or gold, its increasingly hard to hide as a pure dictator. So what’s an aspiring leader to do?


  1. Rule with enough fear that your people subjects serfs don’t rise up and kill you.
  2. When the getting is good, step down and have a successor win and election take over.
  3. Profit.

If you’re really hungry for power, you can be like Putin and pursue re-establishing the USSR through the CIS.

If you look at China, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Syria, they are all following this model in one way or another. There isn’t a chance in those countries for a Donald Trump victory because opposition parties are actually jailed or outright outlawed.

The worst part of this is that we continue to pretend these countries are democracies. We compare their fake data to ours and have people honestly believe that America is a border-line 3rd world country for human rights while China enslaves people based on religion and in Russia, opposition candidates to Putin realize the election is rigged:

“Of course I want to be president, I want to win, but I also want to be sincere. In a system created by Putin, it is only possible for Putin to win. I am realistic about who will become the president.”

-Ksenia Sobchak

We need to stop allowing these “democracies” to masquerade as such, or we risk losing our very way of life.

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