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Deflection – a closer look at the current state of democracy

Apr 05, 2021 - Oktawian Jurczykowski


There are almost 200 countries in the World – and nearly all of them consider themselves as democratic. Obviously most of them do not even fulfill the basics of a democratic state (according to an UN report). For me it is a kind of a proof that the term “democracy” is more a marketing mask of a politicians than an actual rule of law condition of a country.
This leads me to a conclusion that the “democracy” is probably one of the most flexible and moldable forms of governing that is strongly associated with a current government of each country.

In my project I’m telling a story of a world that is gradually shifting from democracy into totalitarianism.

The title “Deflection” is a term taken from engineering science and it is a degree to which a structural element is displaced under a load.