The Democratic Ideal and New Colonialism

Written by Sam Vaknin

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful concerned individuals can precipitate change inrepparttar world ... indeed, it isrepparttar 123225 only thing that ever has"

(Margaret Meade)

"Democracy" is notrepparttar 123226 rule ofrepparttar 123227 people. It is government by periodically vetted representatives ofrepparttar 123228 people.

Democracy is not tantamount to a continuous expression ofrepparttar 123229 popular will as it pertains to a range of issues. Functioning and fair democracy is representative and not participatory. Participatory "people power" is mob rule, not democracy.

Granted, "people power" is often required in order to establish democracy where it is unprecedented. Revolutions - velvet, rose, and orange - recently introduced democracy in Eastern Europe, for instance. People power - mass street demonstrations - toppled obnoxious dictatorships from Iran torepparttar 123230 Philippines and from Peru to Indonesia.

But oncerepparttar 123231 institutions of democracy are in place and more or less functional,repparttar 123232 people can and must rest. They should let their chosen delegates dorepparttar 123233 job they were elected to do. And they must hold their emissaries responsible and accountable in fair and free ballots once every two or four or five years.

As heads ofrepparttar 123234 state in Latin America, Africa, Asia, and East Europe can attest, these vital lessons are lost onrepparttar 123235 dozens of "new democracies"repparttar 123236 world over. Many of these presidents and prime ministers, though democratically elected (multiply, in some cases), have fallen prey to enraged and vigorous "people power" movements in their countries.

And these breaches ofrepparttar 123237 democratic tradition are notrepparttar 123238 only or most egregious ones.

The West boasts ofrepparttar 123239 three waves of democratization that swept acrossrepparttar 123240 world 1975. Yet, in most developing countries and nations in transition, "democracy" is an empty word. Granted,repparttar 123241 hallmarks of democracy are there: candidate lists, parties, election propaganda, and voting. But its quiddity is absent. It is being consistently hollowed out and rendered mock by election fraud, exclusionary policies, cronyism, corruption, intimidation, and collusion with Western interests, both commercial and political.

The new "democracies" are thinly-disguised and criminalized plutocracies (recallrepparttar 123242 Russian oligarchs), authoritarian regimes (Central Asia andrepparttar 123243 Caucasus), or Vichy-like heterarchies (Macedonia, Bosnia, and Iraq, to mention three recent examples).

The new "democracies" suffer from many ofrepparttar 123244 same ills that afflict their veteran role models: murky campaign finances, venal revolving doors between state administration and private enterprise, endemic corruption, self-censoring media, socially, economically, and politically excluded minorities, and so on. But while this malaise does not threatenrepparttar 123245 foundations ofrepparttar 123246 United States and France - it does imperilrepparttar 123247 stability and future ofrepparttar 123248 likes of Ukraine, Serbia, and Moldova, Indonesia, Mexico, and Bolivia.

Worse still,repparttar 123249 West has transformedrepparttar 123250 ideal of democracy into an ideology atrepparttar 123251 service of imposing a new colonial regime on its former colonies. Spearheaded byrepparttar 123252 United States,repparttar 123253 white and Christian nations ofrepparttar 123254 West embarked with missionary zeal on a transformation, willy-nilly, of their erstwhile charges into paragons of democracy and good governance.

And not forrepparttar 123255 first time. Napoleon justified his gory campaigns by claiming that they served to spread French ideals throughout a barbarous world. Kipling bemoanedrepparttar 123256 "White Man's (civilizing) burden", referring specifically to Britain's role in India. Hitler believed himself to berepparttar 123257 last remaining barrier betweenrepparttar 123258 hordes of Bolshevism andrepparttar 123259 West. The Vatican concurred with him.

Apologize for what?

Written by Terry Dashner

Apologize for What…

Terry Dashner………………………Faith Fellowship Church PO Box 1586 Broken Arrow, OK 74013

Why should we apologize for being America?

Capitol Reader Political Book Summaries writes in review of T.R. Reid’s book entitled, The United States of Europe: The New Superpower andrepparttar End of American Supremacy. “The rise of a united Europe is one ofrepparttar 105755 great geopolitical events of our time. The nations of this diverse and once fractious continent are pulling together to create a common economic system, currency and social identity. The European Union now eclipsesrepparttar 105756 United States in terms of population, economic output and it isrepparttar 105757 largest consumer market inrepparttar 105758 world. In short,repparttar 105759 European Union is fast becoming a superpower capable of rivalingrepparttar 105760 United States on every measure, except militarily.

“The emergence ofrepparttar 105761 European Union as a major global force has gone largely unnoticed byrepparttar 105762 American public. Most Americans do not realize, for instance,repparttar 105763 sheer number of products and services they purchase which are made or controlled by European concerns. With America’s huge account and trade deficits, Europe is essentially lending America money to buy European products. This arrangement offers something for both sides, but America’s lack of fiscal responsibility is reflected inrepparttar 105764 rise ofrepparttar 105765 euro versusrepparttar 105766 dollar. The euro is poised to replacerepparttar 105767 dollar asrepparttar 105768 world’s currency of choice. A unified Europe is becoming an economic powerhouse that is increasingly settingrepparttar 105769 rules of global commerce. The sooner America wakes us to this fact,repparttar 105770 better for all concerned.”

America isn’t sleeping, she’s at war withrepparttar 105771 extremists thatrepparttar 105772 European Union, save Britain, has refused to act against militarily. America could set back and count her money too if somebody else fought her battles and funded militaries, comparable to hers, which are capable of policingrepparttar 105773 whole world against terrorists. Pardon me for being pro America—of course that’s what Europeans detest about me to begin with—but I must demur. America is notrepparttar 105774 bad guy, norrepparttar 105775 school-yard bully. America is ordained and carrying out her world calling. Let me explain.

America was founded onrepparttar 105776 principle of freedom. Her early settlers were religious refugees seeking freedom from religious tyranny. They were willing to die forrepparttar 105777 liberties they were denied in Europe. Many ofrepparttar 105778 brave and bold men, women and children died from exposure, disease, starvation, and evenrepparttar 105779 hostile actions byrepparttar 105780 indigenous peoples. This desire for liberty, freedom, and non-governmental sponsorship of one religion over another is still in our blood. And America, as she has proven inrepparttar 105781 past and demonstrates today, will go to war anywhere inrepparttar 105782 world to uphold these precious principles. Without apologies I might add.

Ifrepparttar 105783 European Union thinks she can lecture America for being jingoistic or gun totting cowboys then she is guilty ofrepparttar 105784 very patronizing she is using to shame us. The European Union can not denounce America for being war dogs and then itself refuse to acknowledgerepparttar 105785 immorality in her camp. The European Union has failed to denounce terrorist’s organizations in Lebanon. The European Union has refused to acknowledge thatrepparttar 105786 United States—Bush administration particularly—has had some good successes in Afghanistan and Iraq (free elections). The European Union has failed to act jointly against Iran’s nuclear threat. The European Union might have its euro and trade power, but it isn’t perfect either.

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