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B3W and the Democracy Issue

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (C), poses for a family photograph with G7 leaders in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. JACK HILL / POOL / AFP

One of the interesting divisions emerging from the Biden administration’s campaign to re-energize the G7 and NATO against China is its attempt to divide the world into ‘democracies’ and ‘autocracies,’ and to insist that the two groups are squaring off against each other as if they’re in a superfriends-versus-the-empire-of-evil cartoon from the 80s.

In order for this division to make sense, one needs to ignore many inconvenient details. These include the fact that, as the analyst Dnyanesh Kamat recently pointed out, many nominal U.S. allies (Hungary, Turkey, Ethiopia, India) have retreated from democracy in different ways in recent years.

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