So Mrs. Deez is in Texas right now, and once Deez, Jr. goes to bed, the place is quiet, which means I get bored. Tonight I was especially bored, so I looked at this article. It's a New York Times piece by Michelle Goldberg commenting on Madeleine Albright's book "Fascism: A Warning." (Yes, I was really bored.) Unless you're as bored as I am, I don't encourage anybody to read it. It's the usual material you'd expect from the Times and from Goldberg - lots of Trump-bashing, sanctimony, and ***-kissing of a Clinton family acolyte and loyalist. Unless you just feast on that sort of thing, don't waste your time. So what's my point if I'm not encouraging anybody to read it? My point is that I'm noticing a common theme, which is that the globalist Left (as represented by Goldberg and Albright) holds itself out as the guardian of "democracy" and the descendant of the victorious philosophy of the Cold War and, of course, portrays their opposition as the reverse - a movement away from democracy and a retreat from victory in the Cold War. (I use the term "globalist Left" to distinguish it from the tradtional labor-oriented socialist Left. I'm talking about the Hillary Clintons or Barack Obamas of the world, not the Dennis Kuciniches or even the Bernie Sanderses of the world.) I started noticing it first here in Europe when I saw how groups that were Eurosceptic (meaning they were hostile to some degree to the European Union and/or the Eurozone) were portrayed as advocates against liberal democracy. It intensified during the Brexit debate. And of course with the nomination and election of Trump, it has reached a fever pitch. To be honest, I don't understand what the hell they're talking about, and it's more than that. I don't even understand the argument. It makes no sense to me, and it's never explained or rationalized. It's just a rhetorical assumption - a deemed truth, and I rarely hear people on the Right mount a serious challenge to it. They just talk past it, and it's foolish to do that. It's a dangerous narrative to let them get away with. To me, a "democracy" is a system of government in which the people rule either directly or through representatives who account directly to them. Of course, there are degrees of democracy based on structure and power sharing. A government closer to the people (such as cities and states) is more democratic than a national government, because an individual's vote counts for more at lower levels. A government that requires democratically-elected officials to share power with unelected officials is less democratic than one that does not have such a requirement, especially if the unelected offical's power has supremacy over or can encumber the elected official's power rather than vice versa. In Europe the globalist Left favors diverting power away from local, state, end even national governments and toward supranational institutions, especially the European Union. Of course, the governments of the nation states of Europe are extremely democratic (more so than the United States). The center of power is in duly elected parliaments. They don't rule alone, but they dominate. And of course, lower levels of government are similarly democratic. The EU has an elected parliament, but of course, its authority is diluted among 28 nations and half a billion people. Furthermore, it's not the center of power. It is dominated by European Commission, which is not elected by the people at all. And of course, the European globalist Left is also very deferential to other global institutions like the UN that are even further from the people than the EU is. In the US, the globalist Left favors diverting power away from states and municipalities and toward Washington. And within Washington, they tend to favor vesting power not in Congress (the most democratic federal institution) but in the bureaucracy (less democratic) and of course, the judiciary (the least democratic institution). Like their counterparts in Europe, they are also deferential to global institutions like the UN. With respect to both the European and American globalist Left, I can't imagine much stronger advocates for diluting or otherwise weakening democracy. And what the Right? Who on the Right is working to weaken democratic institutions, and what are they specifically doing? Let's look at Trump, since he's the center of the accusation at least in the United States. What unelected official(s) is he seeking to empower, and how so? What citizens is he trying to disenfranchise? Is this deception by the Left, or is this a semantics problem? Have we reached the point at which Left and Right don't even agree on what "democracy" means or looks like? OK, I'm done.