The Democratic Ideal and New Colonialism

Written by Sam Vaknin

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This self-righteousness would have been more tolerable hadrepparttar West actually meant and practiced what it preached, however self-delusionally. Yet, in dozens of cases inrepparttar 123225 last 60 years alone, Western countries intervened, often by force of arms, to reverse and nullifyrepparttar 123226 outcomes of perfectly legal and legitimate popular and democratic elections. They did so because of economic and geopolitical interests and they usually installed rabid dictators in place ofrepparttar 123227 deposed elected functionaries.

This hypocrisy cost them dearly. Few inrepparttar 123228 poor and developing world believe thatrepparttar 123229 United States or any of its allies are out to furtherrepparttar 123230 causes of democracy, human rights, and global peace. The nations ofrepparttar 123231 West have sown cynicism and they are reaping strife and terrorism in return.

Moreover, democracy is far from what it is made out to be. Confronted with history,repparttar 123232 myth breaks down.

For instance, it is maintained by their chief proponents that democracies are more peaceful than dictatorships. Butrepparttar 123233 two most belligerent countries inrepparttar 123234 world are, by a wide margin, Israel andrepparttar 123235 United States (closely followed byrepparttar 123236 United Kingdom). As of late, China is one ofrepparttar 123237 most tranquil polities.

Democracies are said to be inherently stable (or to successfully incorporaterepparttar 123238 instability inherent in politics). This, too, is a confabulation. The Weimar Republic gave birth to Adolf Hitler and Italy had almost 50 governments in as many years. The bloodiest civil wars in history erupted in Republican Spain and, seven decades earlier, inrepparttar 123239 United States. Czechoslovakia,repparttar 123240 USSR, and Yugoslavia imploded upon becoming democratic, having survived intact for more than half a century as tyrannies.

Democracies are said to be conducive to economic growth (indeed, to be a prerequisite to such). Butrepparttar 123241 fastest economic growth rates in history go to imperial Rome, Nazi Germany, Stalinist Russia, and post-Mao China.

Finally, how represented isrepparttar 123242 vox populi even in established democracies?

In a democracy, people can freely protest and make their opinions known, no doubt. Sometimes, they can even change their representatives (thoughrepparttar 123243 rate of turnover inrepparttar 123244 US Congress inrepparttar 123245 last two decades is lower than it was inrepparttar 123246 last 20 years ofrepparttar 123247 Politburo).

But is this a sufficient incentive (or deterrent)? The members ofrepparttar 123248 various elites in Western democracies are mobile - they ceaselessly and facilely hop from one lucrative sinecure to another. Lostrepparttar 123249 elections as a Senator? How about a multi-million dollar book contract, a consultant position with a firm you formerly oversaw or regulated, your own talk show on television, a cushy job inrepparttar 123250 administration?

The truth is that voters are powerless. The rich and mighty take care of their own. Malfeasance carries little risk and rarely any sanction. Western democracies are ossified bastions of self-perpetuating interest groups aided and abetted and legitimized byrepparttar 123251 ritualized spectacle that we call "elections". And don't you thinkrepparttar 123252 denizens of Africa and Asia and eastern Europe andrepparttar 123253 Middle East are blissfully unaware of this charade.

Sam Vaknin ( ) is the author of Malignant Self Love - Narcissism Revisited and After the Rain - How the West Lost the East. He served as a columnist for Central Europe Review, PopMatters, and eBookWeb , and Bellaonline, and as a United Press International (UPI) Senior Business Correspondent. He is the the editor of mental health and Central East Europe categories in The Open Directory and Suite101.

Apologize for what?

Written by Terry Dashner

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As a matter of fact let me predict where this is going. The European Union wants nothing more than what China or Russia want—to berepparttar leading world power. To do that, she must eclipserepparttar 105755 United States inrepparttar 105756 world spot light. Will this happen? Eventuallyrepparttar 105757 European Union will eclipse all nations. There is coming a restoration, a revival ofrepparttar 105758 Roman Empire. Inrepparttar 105759 last days in which we live currently,repparttar 105760 nations ofrepparttar 105761 world will move into positions to dominaterepparttar 105762 world in trade, prestige, religious and military might. The only missing link for this to happen inrepparttar 105763 European Union is a human leader that consolidates its power and leads it forward to world domination. There is coming soon a world leader who will fill this tall order forrepparttar 105764 European Union. He will capitalize on Europe’s secular platform—no semblances of God. He will unify trade, secularism, and militaries. He is calledrepparttar 105765 Anti-Christ inrepparttar 105766 book of Revelation.

You might keep this in mind asrepparttar 105767 world continues to throw mind inrepparttar 105768 eyes of America. But America is not going away, nor will she cower underrepparttar 105769 pressures of her oppressors. Currently America is experiencing spiritual revival. God is revisiting His covenant which He made with her early fore-fathers of faith. He is blessing America one more time because she is humbling herself before God and calling out to Him. God said, “If my people which are called by my name shall humble themselves and pray…” (II Chron. 7:14). America wants more than what money and prestige alone can give. America wants God’s blessing on her. As long as she wants this and cries out for it, she will have it.

The European Union is playing intorepparttar 105770 hands of God whether she cares to admit this or not. She will serve God’s purpose either willingly or by His Sovereignty. And for that matter, every nation inrepparttar 105771 world belongs to Him and is created for His glory (Isa. 43:7). God watches over His footstool which according torepparttar 105772 Psalmist isrepparttar 105773 world. Ifrepparttar 105774 nations of this world humble themselves before God, they will prosper. Ifrepparttar 105775 nations defy Him—well stick around and watch what happens. God will haverepparttar 105776 last word!

Keeprepparttar 105777 faith. Stayrepparttar 105778 course. Jesus rules over all. He is coming again one day soon. Get ready and stay ready.

Pastor Tdash

Pastors a small church in Broken Arrow, OK. He is a retired police officer and veteran of the United States Navy. He currently serves his community as a minister of a church that his father founded 23 years ago.

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