Should The US Be Considered A Democracy?

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Does the US live up to the standards it sets for the rest of the world? Is the United States really the torchbearer for global democracy that most Americans think it is?

Citations:

1. Nation of inequality: http://theinequalitylab.com/wp-content/uploads/PfefferWaitkus_DP-2019-2.pdf?189db0&189db0
2. Three richest own more than bottom 50%: https://www.politifact.com/factchecks/2019/jul/03/bernie-sanders/bernie-sanders-target-saying-3-richest-have-much-w/
3. How much Bezos makes in one minute: https://www.businessinsider.com/what-amazon-ceo-jeff-bezos-makes-every-day-hour-minute-2018-10
4. US spends more on military than next 10 nations combined: https://www.pgpf.org/chart-archive/0053_defense-comparison
5. US coups and regime change: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_involvement_in_regime_change_in_Latin_America
6. 1953 Coup in Iran: https://www.npr.org/2019/01/31/690363402/how-the-cia-overthrew-irans-democracy-in-four-days
7. Poverty statistics: https://poverty.ucdavis.edu/faq/what-current-poverty-rate-united-states
8. US healthcare ranks worst in the developed world: https://www.commonwealthfund.org/publications/issue-briefs/2020/jan/us-health-care-global-perspective-2019
9. US on list of deadliest countries for journalists: https://time.com/5483773/us-deadliest-countries-journalists-deaths-2018/
10. Police targeting journalists: https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/newsfeed/2020/06/police-targeting-journalists-protests-200609131908965.html
11. Tax laws benefit the wealthy: https://www.cbpp.org/sites/default/files/atoms/files/11-13-19tax.pdf
12. Environmental regulations in line with big corporations’ desires: https://influencemap.org/report/How-Big-Oil-Continues-to-Oppose-the-Paris-Agreement-38212275958aa21196dae3b76220bddc
13. Anti-union activity: https://files.epi.org/pdf/179315.pdf
14. Who owns American media outlets: https://www.forbes.com/sites/katevinton/2016/06/01/these-15-billionaires-own-americas-news-media-companies/#1dc8f77a660a
15. Healthcare sector donations to politicians: https://www.businessinsider.com/healthcare-donations-to-2020-presidential-candidates-2019-7
16. The Neoliberal consensus: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/11/neoliberalism-term-meaning-democratic-party-jonathan-chait


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