The Fatal Flaw of Western Democracies (revised 08-01-2012)

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  1. Ironically, though the United States trumpeted themselves as the champions of true democracy, it was their Soviet rival that came close to fulfilling the precepts of a Democratic state. To this, we now turn.

    Surely, the continuation is worth waiting for. I believe the same too. It came close, very close. After all, Soviet power was first understood as the democratic rule of the people before it became equated with the dictatorship of Stalin’s Party.

    By the way, “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich” is already available in one of the bookstores here in Cebu. I’ll be saving for it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  3. ardeend says:

    Then again you didn’t have give a numerical or objective yardstick on the comparison for various the political arrangements you’ve defined.

    • willshakespeare says:

      i am so sorry, but i wasn’t sure what you meant. did you mean that i didn’t give a yardstick for the various political arrangements, or a yardstick for comparison of the various arrangements? i was a bit confused, it’s my fault.

      i am so happy for this healthy dialogue and if i could be a little selfish please refer this post and others to friends or peers so we could have a vibrant discussion!

      • ardeend says:

        No, sorry, for the most part the “success” of a political unit is usually measured in economic performance.

        • willshakespeare says:

          Ah, but economic performance is only part of the story.

          Capitalist democracies usually use economic performance to put a notch in their “political scoreboard”. And yes, Capitalism is the best known system to compete and get ahead.

          However, economic performance does not equate to political success. True, China performs well economically and is a mass producer and consumer. But how much liberty is suppressed in a country like China? And how much of the “economic gains” of Saudi Arabia actually trickle down to the populace.

          Another major indicator of political success is stability. Economic success does not always equate to political stability. China, as we have said, has a strong yuan. Politically, however, it has unrest in Xinjiang (western China) and Tibet, where they displaced the native populace.

          And democracies are the most volatile of governments. The people can rise and protest, as they did in democratic Egypt. Dictators can rise in democracies.

          This argument is in fact used by Communist governments: they might not excel in economic performance, but what of it when the populace is well fed, secure and stable? There is some grain of truth in their explanation. How many common Americans lost their livelihoods and homes while banks were fed money by the government?

          Economic performance is only one indicator. But other factors, like political stability and inequality, play a role. Believe it or not, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is popular in Iran, because even though his rhetoric is anti-Western, Iran is a well-off country. And Cuba is a stable country. North Korea might be shaky, but can we say it’s a failed state because it failed to be a democracy? It’s not just the economics, or the capitalism. It’s the people, I guess.

          But economics is a factor.

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