Nothing in this blog can be believed. If you think that anything in this blog is true or factual, you'll need to verify it from another source. Do you understand? No? Then read it again, and repeat this process, until you understand that you cannot sue me for anything you read here. Also, having been sucked into taking part in the mass-murder of more than 3 million Vietnamese people on behalf of U.S. Big Business "interests", I'm as mad as a cut snake (and broke) so it might be a bit silly to try to sue me anyway...

Friday, November 05, 2004

democracy is dead...

That is the title of an article by Paul Kingsnorth in this month's New Internationalist magazine. Here's a part of that article:
The global free market and systems of democracy are not, as we are told from all sides, complementary: they are antagonistic. You can have one but, it seems, you cannot have the other. The spread of the free market does not aid the spread of a free politics. Quite the oppposite: it eats democracy for breakfast.

The reasons for this have been well rehearsed. Put crudely, the more globalized the economy becomes, the less control national governments have over their own economics. The liberalization of banking and investment laws has meant that distant shareholders and brokers can bankrupt entire economies in hours if they perceive a threat to their 'stability' - a threat, in other words, to the ability to make a quick buck within the boundaries of a nation-state. At the same time, the liberalization of trade through GATT and the WTO, in tandem with the neoliberal recipes pushed on the poor world by the Word Bank and the IMF, has empowered and enlarged transnational corporations, and weakened governments, to the point where national economic policies can no longer be decided by elected officials alone and must favour the interests of huge corporate blocs.
Now you may understand a small part of why I'm angry; why Osama bin Laden is off the planet; and why anyone who really values true democracy or the freedom of their people or nation to determine their own affairs is as mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore.

A globalised economy is the biggest wolf dressed in sheep's clothing the world has ever seen. And countries where the people or the dictatorship have chosen to take their country away from this corrupt and ultimately doomed sytem of economics get economically punished or invaded and occupied (mainly by America), or the CIA interferes with the local politics till they manage to install 'their man' (I don't think they ever installed a woman).

Here's my question to any Americans reading this: Are you getting it yet about why an ever-increasing chunk of the world despises you, given that your "freedom" and "democracy" destroys any hope of their self-determination? Are you wondering why the cry "Yankee go home" is getting louder?


Blogger Jeff said...

I think that P.K. is right on the money (bad pun). One day soon, when you're in either a particularly nasty (feisty) or exuberant mood, remind me to drop a bombshell your way.

November 05, 2004 12:25 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Now, Jeff, there you are, goin' All American on me again... Sheesh! And I thought there was hope for you... :-)

November 05, 2004 2:01 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Hahaha... I agree, Gerry, from an American, it was a poor choice of a word. I now choose "revelation."

November 05, 2004 2:31 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

What? You're going to drop a "revelation" on me?

I can hardly wait.

November 05, 2004 8:41 PM  
Blogger SEV said...

i don't get the comment that you posted on my site.. i thought that was the point of that blog.
it looks like you are walking down a similar path tho..

November 06, 2004 3:20 AM  
Blogger Gerry said...

About everything/nothing, there was a clever mind-boggler about it in the eighties. Quite revalatory if you "got it". I thought I'd got it, but now, asked to explain it, it seems I ain't got no more... :-(

About whether the act of observing reality changes reality, that's a quantum physics thing which is well explained HERE

November 06, 2004 8:04 PM  
Blogger Splutters said...

Is democracy really just an illusion in the US?

November 07, 2004 4:12 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Jeff, being an American, would you like to answer Hobbes's question?

For my part, I would say it depends on how you define democracy. If the people are manipulated by the way the government, religion, education and the media present events, it's fair to say that democracy itself is being manipulated, and a manipulated democracy is not a democracy at all.

By the way, Hobbes, I admire your intellect. I didn't ask that kind of question till I was well over 40 years of age. If you represent the new generation, there's hope for this world yet and that makes me less cynical, which is a good thing.

November 07, 2004 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yeah, I get it, but then I live in a blue state so it hardly matters. . .


November 14, 2004 2:34 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Kate, at the risk of offending you, I assert that there's not a huge difference in the foreign policies of Bush/Clinton/Bush, except that Bush The Younger is more stupidly evil. The other two were merely cleverer at obfuscating their evil. In other words, Dubbya is actually more straight up (evil, that is)...

November 14, 2004 7:18 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.

November 14, 2004 7:18 PM  
Blogger Gerry said...

Because it was a duplicate... :-(

November 14, 2004 7:20 PM  

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