The Dallas Cowboys are again and followers of ‘America’s Staff’ are elated

Dak Prescott #4 of the Dallas Cowboys scrambles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 17, 2021 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

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The Dallas Cowboys haven’t won a Super Bowl in over 25 years. They’ve hardly even been in the conversation, notching only four playoff victories in that span.

Yet the Cowboys are the most-valuable NFL franchise, topping the New England Patriots, who have won six Super Bowls since Dallas last took home the Vince Lombardi trophy. Despite decades of mediocrity, the Cowboys are always in the headlines, thanks to a brand that’s almost universally recognized.

“They have that slogan that kind of sticks,” said former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, who played for the Cowboys from 2006 to 2008. “They are America’s Team.”

Fans now have a reason to get excited about what’s happening on the gridiron. After an injury-riddled season last year that saw the team finish 6-10, the Cowboys are 5-1 in the new campaign, riding a five-game win streak and leading the NFC East division by three games.

America’s team is back.

“Love them, hate them – they are the biggest brand in the NFL,” said Scott Rosner, the director of Columbia University’s sports management program. “They are relevant no matter what side of the question you fall on – whether you’re on the love side or hate side.”

Heading into their bye weekend, the Cowboys are the hottest they’ve been since 2016, quarterback Dak Prescott’s rookie season. Through six games Prescott is among the league leaders in passing, living up to his four-year $160 million deal. Prescott’s last season was cut short after he suffered a compound fracture in his right ankle in week six against the New York Giants.

Prescott is getting plenty of assistance from the highest-paid NFL receiver, Amari Cooper, and the most expensive running back, Ezekiel Elliott. They make up the Cowboys’ new big three, spearheading an offense that’s second in rushing yards and fifth in passing.

The defense has also held up. Despite giving up the third-highest number of yards, the unit leads the NFL in interceptions with 11, including seven by cornerback Trevon Diggs.

Fans are downright giddy. The jerseys of Cooper and fellow wide receiver CeeDee Lamb are two of the top sellers across the league, according to the NFL Shop. The team leads the NFL in attendance, averaging 93,335 people at its three home games.

Forbes projects the Cowboys are worth $6.5 billion, the most valuable across all U.S. sports. Jerry Jones, who purchased the team more than 30 years ago, has seen his wealth swell to $10.6 billion, Forbes estimates.

“The Cowboys have not won since 1995,” said longtime Cowboys beat reporter Clarence Hill, who writes for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Jerry bought the team in 1989, and they were in the tank. He would tell you the team was worth 50 cents on a dollar, even with the history. Since then, they’ve grown to the richest franchise and still haven’t won anything” since the ’95-’96 season, Hill said.

There are still 11 regular-season games left, and the ultimate determination of success won’t come until the playoffs. But Jones has fans believing that greatness lies ahead.

Here’s what former Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin, who won three Super Bowls with the franchise in the 1990s, said on ESPN’s “First Take” earlier in the week:

“I want everybody out there, Cowboys Nation, I want you to know — Go get your Super Bowl tickets. Get them early. I’m trying to help you out right now.”

Dallas Cowboys cornerback Deion Sanders hoists the Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy as he walks off the field to the locker room after defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28 January during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. The Cowboys won 27-17.

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Becoming America’s Team

The last time the Cowboys made it to the big game was January 1996. They beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 27-17. The big three consisted of quarterback Troy Aikman, running back Emmitt Smith and Irvin. The same trio led the Cowboys to Super Bowl wins in 1993 and 1994.

Since their last NFL title, the Cowboys are 213-193. The team is 0-10 in playoff elimination games and has shuffled through six head coaches. The last Super Bowl-winning coach was Barry Switzer, who left after the 1997 season.

Jones has faced hefty criticism from the fan base for the lackluster performance and for keeping such tight control of the team. He remains president and general manager. His son, Stephen, is chief operating officer and his “right-hand man,” according to the Cowboys website.

Still, Jones has kept the Cowboys relevant and highly profitable, a rarity in the sports industry, where few teams are able to to make money while consistently losing games.

It’s “because they’re America’s Team and the intentional marketing and power of the NFL,” said Hill of the Star-Telegram. “All that comes together.”

The America’s Team moniker dates back to 1978, when Tex Schramm, the franchise’s original president, coined it in a retrospective on the season. The Cowboys had a record-setting 20 straight winning seasons from 1966 to 1985, and won two of their five Super Bowl appearances during that stretch.

Quarterback Roger Staubach was a superstar, as was running back Tony Dorsett. Head coach Tom Landry, known for his trademark fedora and cool demeanor, established an elite offense.

“He was ahead of the NFL when it came to strategy,” said former linebacker Garry Cobb, who started his career with the Cowboys in 1979 and returned about a decade later.

Cobb, 64, recalled the days before he entered the league when the Cowboys ruled pro football.

“When I was little, the Cowboys were on TV more than anybody else nationally,” said Cobb. “They had a winning record every year. That’s the way they became popular.”

He then got to experience the fame as a player.

“When we went into a hotel, the building was mobbed,” he said. “It was unbelievable. The popularity was already there.”

Hill, who’s covered the team since 1996, said that atmosphere never really faded from the team.

“It’s always a circus,” Hill said. “And coming to the Cowboys as a player or a coach, you must understand that it comes with the dinner. You must be able to navigate that as well as play football.”

Wide receiver Terrell Owens #81 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates his third touchdown against the Houston Texans on October 15, 2006 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas. The Cowboys defeated the Texans 34-6.

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Terrell Owens relished in the drama, telling fans to “get your popcorn ready.”

“You notice it, and you feel it,” said Owens, who spent three of his 16 NFL seasons with the Cowboys. “You want to play to the standard that everybody there expects you to play at. It’s different when you’re playing in Dallas as opposed to a Cincinnati or Buffalo.”

Owens played for both teams after leaving the Cowboys.

Cowboys leverage state rights 

Neal Pilson, former president of CBS Sports, said the network used the America’s Team slogan during its Cowboys telecasts. CBS, which had NFC rights until the early 1990s, constantly featured the Cowboys.

“We helped build that label,” Pilson said. “And it certainly stuck.”

The Cowboys won, but the business still lagged. The league made the big financial decisions, and team owners did little to engage directly with companies and sponsors.

Jones bought the Cowboys for roughly $150 million in 1989, the most ever paid for a team at that time. He warned right away that things would be different.

“I will be part of every decision,” the New York Times quoted Jones as saying in 1989. “I won’t leave anything to the football people.”

Schramm resigned, and Jones made himself the general manager. He hired a college coach, Jimmy Johnson, to replace Landry, the only person to coach the Cowboys in its first 29 years. Jones then took on the NFL’s 75-year business philosophy.

Most NFL teams weren’t profitable and the league controlled the way revenue was generated. Jones found loopholes in NFL deals that allowed him to disrupt the league’s pacts and make money for his team.

In 1995, the Cowboys parted ways with league partner Coca-Cola and signed a deal with Pepsi for “pouring rights” at their home stadium. That agreement was worth a reported $20 million over 10 years, and it undermined Coke’s NFL deal for $250 million.

The NFL sued Jones for $300 million in damages.

Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys welcomes fans to training camp at River Ridge Complex on July 24, 2021 in Oxnard, California.

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“Prior to that deal, you didn’t have teams engaging in real vigorous local business operations,” said Columbia’s Rosner “You were essentially selling tickets and ads but not what it is today. Jerry challenged the system.”

The sides ultimately settled in a manner that let Jones keep his sponsors. Other teams followed suit.

“He was showing them how to make money,” said Cobb. “Now all the teams do it – they have league sponsors and team sponsors.”

In both the 2019 and 2020 NFL seasons, the Cowboys attracted nearly $1 billion in revenue, according to Forbes. Pepsi still has pouring rights. AT&T owns naming rights to the stadium, a billion-dollar-plus building that opened in 2009 and is often referred to as Jerry World. And Ford owns rights to the team’s practice site.

Last September, Fanatics signed a 10-year deal to take over e-commerce for the Cowboys. Merchandise revenue is up 60% this season compared to last, and Fanatics told CNBC that the Cowboys lead all NFL teams in merchandise sales. That’s been the case for five of the previous eight years.

“All of the metrics around the Cowboys are higher than any other team,” Rosner said.

Getting help from the big markets 

The Cowboys are also the beneficiary of a geographical quirk. They’re in the NFC East, a division with teams in the big markets of New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. 

None are within 1,300 miles of Dallas.

“You have a team in Texas in the NFC East,” said Ed Schauder, who heads the sports law practice at Phillips Nizer in New York. “It makes no sense, but there are organic national rivalries.”

Playing twice a year against the Eagles, Giants, and Washington Football Team gives Jones outsized access to some of the top TV markets every NFL season. While Jones didn’t play a role in creating the divisional setup, he’s made sure to take advantage of it.

“He probably saw the marketing value of their regular opponents,” Pilson said.” I think he saw that every year, given the NFL structure, he has two games into New York and Philadelphia.”

Fox Sports, which now controls the NFC package, says Cowboys games account for nine of its 10 most-watched NFL contests since the partnership began in 1994. The biggest audience was on Thanksgiving in November 2016, when an average 35.1 million viewers tuned in for the Cowboys game against Washington.

This season’s opener, a Thursday night affair against the Tom Brady-led Tampa Bay Buccaneers, attracted 24.4 million viewers on NBC Sports. It was the most-watched kickoff game since 2015. CBS said the Cowboys contest against Brady’s old team, the New England Patriots, averaged 23.2 million viewers last week, the most-watched national game for the network since 2015.

“If they’re in contention for the division and make the postseason, [the Cowboys will] gather a bigger audience,” said Pilson.

The Cowboys’ star players are cashing in on the exposure.

Prescott took a 20% stake in sports-theme bar and eatery Walk-Ons earlier this year, to go along with $10 million in off-field endorsements, third-highest among NFL players, according to Forbes. He trails only Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks Brady ($31 million) and Patrick Mahomes ($22 million) of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Former quarterbacks Aikman and Tony Romo are lead NFL announcers for Fox and CBS, respectively. Irvin works for ESPN. Smith was with the NFL Network and still has deals with companies like Marriott.

“They benefit from that brand,” said Schauder. “Sponsors and endorsers look for players who get the most exposure.”

Then there’s reality TV. The Cowboys were showcased on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” an annual series that follows a team through training camp and the pre-season. Cowboys cheerleaders also have a show on Country Music Television.

“Another team doesn’t get that media deal,” Schauder said, referring to the cheerleaders’ show.

Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Dak Prescott (4) throws a pass during the regular season game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on September 09, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

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Are the Cowboys still America’s Team?

On the field, the Cowboys still have everything to prove.

During the team’s 25-year championship drought, Brady led the Patriots to nine Super Bowls and delivered seven championships, including for the Buccaneers last season. The Steelers have won two titles since facing the Cowboys in 1996. The Denver Broncos made four appearances and won three Super Bowls during that span.

The Patriots have appeared in a record 11 Super Bowls, followed by the Cowboys, Steelers and Broncos at eight.

Schauder, who admitted to being a converted Cowboys fan, says there’s still something unique about Dallas.

“It’s an iconic brand,” he said. “They’re still America’s Team because that’s how they were branded. “Other teams have tried to claim it, like the Steelers.”

Following this week’s bye, the Cowboys are back in action next week against the Minnesota Vikings on NBC’s Sunday Night Football. After that, they still have their annual showcase on Thanksgiving and two more night games in December.

Winning sure helps, but no matter what fans across the country tune into watch the Cowboys.

“At the end of the day, Dallas will still get more prime-time spots than any other team,” Schauder said.

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Toyota tops GM gross sales within the U.S., anticipated to be America’s best-selling automaker

Toyota engine sold out General Motors in the US for the first time during a quarter and is expected to become America’s best-selling automaker.

The Japanese automaker reported sales of 688,813 vehicles in the US from April through June on Thursday. That compares to GM at 688,236 vehicles during the second quarter. Toyota exceeded analysts’ expectations while GM slightly missed forecasts.

The shock was caused by a global chip shortage that has significantly hampered vehicle production. Japanese automakers, especially Toyota, weathered the crisis better than their American competitors.

“You’ve been defying gravity for the past few months,” said Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive. “We see that they have very low inventory levels and yet their sales have held up pretty well. … We are really surprised at Toyota’s strength and have had a decent quarter compared to some of the competition.”

The only way Toyota won’t take over the cloak as the best-selling automaker is if Ford engine, the Friday morning sales reports, significantly exceeding analysts’ sales expectations of 645,000 vehicles during the quarter. Ford previously said it was expected loses half of its production in the second quarter because of the chip problem.

The last time GM wasn’t the best-selling automaker for a quarter in the US was when Ford outperformed them during the Great Recession in the third quarter of 1998, Edmunds reports.

According to Jessica Caldwell, Edmunds Executive Director of Insights, Toyota is known for looking far into its supply chain and having more experience managing lower inventory levels. She assumes that there could be major fluctuations in the US market share this year due to the shortage of parts.

“I would definitely expect a small change in market share,” she said. “Toyota has done really well, the Asian brands have done pretty well overall.”

In May, Reuters reported that Toyota was stockpiling semiconductor chips, which are vital to modern vehicles, and that chip scarcity had no major short-term impact.

Toyota declined to comment specifically on sales successes, but released the following statement: “We are grateful to our loyal customers for showing their safety and trust in Toyota and Lexus vehicles, the best brand in terms of safety and quality in the Minds of our customers. And as part of our continuous improvement philosophy, we keep finding better ways to do things and ultimately make better products that our customers love and trust. “

To Fight Central America’s Unhealthy Governance, Biden Can’t Simply Throw Cash on the Downside

President Joe Biden faces a dilemma: To curb the exodus of migrants from Central America, the must Systems of governance of these countries need a thorough overhaul, which will cost a lot of money. Just pouring money into countries with corrupt administrations, legislatures, judicial authorities and elites will mean little more than refilling a leaky bucket. In Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua, the past four years have seen earlier successes and the challenges of working against impunity and corruption are growing. Although countries have different dynamics and schedules, they were all setbacks.

Under the circumstances, the $ 4 billion Biden pledged to improve the lives of Central Americans must be carefully managed so as not to simply get dragged into the kleptocracy machine. It’s not just about prioritizing governance, it’s also about doing it intelligently. That requires a detailed approach. The Biden administration is already signal The aim is to pass the funds on to reliable partners and to demand transparency in accounting and progress in the fight against corruption. Members of Congress are asking for the same. A few concrete measures could immediately help restore a solid foundation.

A few years ago, hybrid international state mechanisms to strengthen the prosecution were celebrated for their obvious successes. The most ambitious and successful, the International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG), resulted in more than 400 criminal convictions, including heads of state, lawmakers, judges and executives, over a period of 11 years, and dismantled around 70 criminal networks (see previous Just Security coverage). Honduras MACCIH (Mission to Support Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras) has managed, over its much shorter lifespan, to set up a vetted anti-corruption prosecutor and investigate a number of high profile cases. The newest and weakest of these mechanisms is the International Commission against Corruption and Impunity (CICIES) in The saviourworks there with the public prosecutor’s office on fraud related to Covid, among other things.

But much of that progress has been reversed under the Trump administration, and Biden cannot turn back the clock. While innovative mechanisms such as CICIG created opportunities, created victories and stimulated changes in criminal proceedings, the constellation of factors that made these ad hoc mechanisms possible is very unlikely to repeat itself. All depend on legislative and judicial approval and the political will of the executive, and none of this is likely to come from governments controlled by the same old corrupt forces (or, in El Salvador, by new authoritarian forces with little appetite for the outside world) Control). . A regional mechanism will face the same headwinds, although support from other countries in the region could potentially make it more profitable.

Use US aid

However, there is a way to leverage the vital work of these mechanisms: states must implement the recommendations of the CICIG, MACCIH, and CICIES as a condition of receiving US funding. All three mechanisms that have been left behind (or are still being created in El Salvador) are preparing extensive reform proposals to improve anti-corruption and impunity work. In the case of Guatemala, CICIG proposed far-reaching reforms to the judicial selection process. She proposed other key reforms to improve access to justice, minimize malicious law enforcement and delay tactics, professionalize the judiciary, and separate the judiciary from administrative duties. These were never implemented. MACCIH has also left a roadmap for the reforms needed and CICIES has started recommending changes in several areas.

In all three cases, victims’ access to justice was a key to the reforms, however was hemmed in by courtsespecially in cases of corruption. Corrupt officials are trying to close the cases left by CICIG and MACCIH without further investigation. The US Congress and the Biden administration should insist on a roadmap, timeline, and milestones for the proposed reforms, as well as monitoring the remaining CICIG and MACCIH files to determine how and when funds will be disbursed.

Biden has said He will ask the US Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors to work with their local counterparts in the region. But simply teaching better technical skills is not what prosecutors need. In all three countries, crusade attorneys general have been replaced by those not interested in taking over powerful state and elite private interests (with the partial and likely temporary exception of Raúl Melara in El Salvador). It is the specific units within these offices, such as the FECI (anti-corruption) or the human rights criminal units in Guatemala and the UFERCO anti-corruption unit in Honduras, that need direct support – political, security and diplomatic even more than technical and financially. All funds for these units must be protected from leakage through other parts of the AG offices as the United States also works to move these offices to be more efficient and honest.

Rule of law judges are becoming an endangered species in the region. In every country these judges are attacked. Anti-impunity judges at Guatemala’s Constitutional Court have faced constant threats of impeachment and worse, and the current judicial selection process has already continued to exert undue influence. Guatemala has set up high-risk judicial processes for corruption, organized crime and human rights cases, partly with the help of CICIG, but left the judges against impunity in that court exposed to constant harassment, even threats, tried law enforcement and lockdown. In El Salvador there were attempts to remove the judge in the El Mozote massacre (what I discussed here) out of the case, and these types of maneuvers can be expected when the criminal proceedings are only inches forward. Biden could expressly support these judges and make non-interference in their cases an indispensable requirement for any support.

Dissolve coalitions of the corrupt

As others have suggested, the anti-transplant penalties are the Angel list and the Global Magnitsky Act should be used strategically to break apart and weaken coalitions of the corrupt. This would open up opportunities for legislative changes (including campaign funding reform) and for the emergence of new clean hands political forces.

In order to achieve this, the United States would have to redefine its overarching goal from the temporal pursuit of regional stability at any cost. During the Obama years, a narrow definition of stability did not serve the United States well. This led, for example, to the decision to support the 2009 coup in Honduras, which paved the way for the current corrupt and criminal regime. In 2015, amid massive popular protests in Guatemala and the resignation of the President and Vice-President over allegations of corruption, the United States insisted on maintaining the election calendar until electoral funding and administration could be cleaned up, despite widespread calls for a postponement. The result was Jimmy Morales, whose attempt to hide his illegal campaign funding and his family’s corruption led to the overthrow of CICIG. President Biden, who was close to these decisions, should learn from them. Sustainable stability requires a different US approach.

After all, greatly expanded resources without strict accountability will only backfire. It’s not just that money shouldn’t be given directly to corrupt leaders and ministries. Even private and civil society groups should be screened for authenticity, leadership and local reputation. Organized crime and other corrupt forces are known to form their own civil society groups to obtain and divert funds, and local elites have long been involved in corrupt schemes.

It is especially important that USAID funds, including public-private partnerships in areas where corruption has flourished (such as health, housing, energy and infrastructure), are carefully monitored and partners are vetted before any money is paid out. There are groups in the US and across the region who can provide information about the makeup of corruption networks, who is who, and whether recipients are known for their honesty.

Whistleblowers and local communities affected by projects (or a corrupt diversion of funds) must have easy access to financial and social accountability mechanisms within USAID and other US agencies. Such protective measures extend the project design and implementation. But in the long run it will give hard-won US dollars the best chance of actually reaching the people in the region in order to create the conditions they need for a life worth living that they do not want or have to leave.

BILD: A doctor wearing a mask with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez takes part in an anti-corruption protest in Tegucigalpa on September 11, 2020 amid the new coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by ORLANDO SIERRA / AFP via Getty Images)

Patrick Dempsey feels upbeat about America’s future | Leisure

Patrick Dempsey is increasingly optimistic about America’s future.

The 55-year-old actor has been concerned about the rise of “fascism around the world” in recent years, but is confident that new US President Joe Biden will help steer the country in the right direction.

He shared, “Of course we have someone who is compassionate and empathetic, and we haven’t had that.

“It is very difficult to see how our democracy is slipping and how sensitive it is and how fascism is rising around the world and nationalism is rising. It is not sustainable and we are seeing what will happen.”

“So it’s a real wake-up call in this country and we realize how delicate it is to keep a democracy alive, it really is up to the people to understand the information and to get the truth and misinformation is a real challenge. “

The Hollywood star plays Dominic Morgan, a manipulative executive director of a powerful investment bank in the TV series “Devils,” based on Guido Maria Brera’s bestseller of the same name, and Patrick has announced that he has been preparing for the role of Time in a real-life bank spend.

Speaking to Sky News Backstage podcast about the experience, he said, “I found it really exciting to feel the energy in the bank and the different floors in the different departments and how they respond to different political events in the area. ” World, and how that affects the economy and its decisions and investments – how it is all connected is really shocking.

“And we’ve seen that over the last year with COVID and the supply chains and our isolation, and certainly with what happens with Brexit, this connected nature in a sense pulls people into retreat. I hope we won’t.” too isolated. “

America’s worldwide popularity is tattered, however our cash might help restore it

This policy depends less on American cultural power than on American money.

After the failure of US interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, promoting democracy has a bad reputation. And when it comes to spreading democracy with a weapon, that call is justified. The best evidence suggests that instruments of coercion such as military intervention and sanctions usually fail. Just before the invasions in Iraq and Afghanistan four of 15 American nation-building Interventions in the previous century had led to lasting progress towards democracy. Foreign regime changes usually do not result economically Benefits, building a lasting democracy or promoting a more stable one Relationships advance US interests. And sanctions against authoritarian regimes, such as those imposed on Iraq in the 1990s, often only serve that purpose strengthen autocratic institutions while causing considerable suffering.

Although compulsory methods of promoting democracy rarely succeed, a wide range of research shows that unenforced tools like election surveillance and foreign aid can effectively promote democracy – and they don’t depend on high approval ratings for America overseas. For example studies conducted in Afghanistan, Armenia, Indonesia, and Tunisiasuggest, among other things, that election surveillance can reduce election fraud and increase the perceived credibility of elections. And there are significant ones proofs in favor of foreign aid, which depends on countries taking concrete steps to support democracy. Like the political scientists Tobias Heinrich and Matt W. Loftis written“Over a decade of empirical research shows that foreign aid specifically aimed at promoting democracy is remarkably effective in improving the survival and institutional strength of fragile democracies.”

To put this policy into practice, the von Biden administration and Congress should increase support for the US Agency for International Development, the National Foundation for Democracy, and the US Peace Institute. These agencies work to bolster democratic institutions overseas, and all three saw their support cut under the Trump administration.

While the Biden team has rightly insisted on advocating democracy, this is currently being proposed solutions are insufficient. Biden’s main proposal for promoting democracy abroad, for example, is a “Summit for Democracy” that he plans to hold in his first year in office – a largely symbolic project that is likely to get bogged down in debates about which countries are eligible for invitation. Bigger ideas are needed to ease autocratic pressures at home and abroad.

After all, according to Freedom House, 2019 was the 14th consecutive year of retreat for global freedom Annual report. In Central Europe and Central Asia there are are “There are fewer democracies in the region today than there have been since the 1995 annual report.” Hungary, a member of the European Union, is no longer democratic; Poland, another EU member, is tending in the same direction. In Hong Kong, on the same day as the storming of the Capitol, the Chinese government arrested 53 politicians, activists, lawyers and academics, a continuation of Beijing’s crackdown on pro-democracy groups in the city.

Some may say that the withdrawal of democratic governance around the world does not necessarily matter to US interests. You would be wrong. Democratic governments don’t just treat their own citizens better;; They also tend to be more benevolent actors on the world stage. Democratic countries are less likely fight rather each other trade with each other and rather cooperate. American interests – not to mention American values ​​- suffer in a more autocratic world.

None of this can be denied that American democracy itself is in dire need of repair. However, reforming domestic democracy and advocating for democracy abroad are not mutually exclusive. They are two sides of the same coin.

Bryan Schonfeld and Sam Winter-Levy are PhD students in Politics at Princeton University.