The Problem in Turkey Isn’t “Islamism”

The problem with Turkey isn’t really “Islamism” or any ideology that is outright anti-democratic. The ruling AKP is more similar to the Christian Right in America than it is to the Wahhabi fanatics we normally associate with the word “Islamist.” In terms of their political vision for society, the difference between the coup leaders and the AKP isn’t much more than the difference between the Democrats and the old “mainstream” Republicans. The problem is that the people in government can’t restrict themselves to democratic methods in their power struggles. They can’t resist the urge to steal elections and launch coups. Thailand and Ukraine are similar in this respect.


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