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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Turkey’s Totalitarian Democracy: Is Erdogan a Leninist?

Turkey’s Totalitarian Democracy

By Ira Straus, August 28, 2016

Erdogan wants to transform Turkey from a state with a Western identity into a state with an Islamist identity.
Erdogan’s vision is that of a mobilizational regime that brings masses angrily onto the streets on its own behalf.

As the purge in Turkey keeps expanding, and now includes a wave of early Soviet Union-style expropriations, the global debate about Mr. Erdogan is turning to whether Turkey is still a democracy or an authoritarian dictatorship.

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