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The Forces that are Pulling Democracies Apart
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  • (May 2018) The Forces that are Pulling Democracies Apart.
    Two powerful forces are pulling democracies apart all over the world. The first one is Russia, that has a deliberate plan to destabilize democracies wherever they occur. Russia's leader Putin has come to view democracies, anywhere near Russia, as a threat to his personal rule and to the status of Russia in the world. He may be right on both counts.

    The second force that has caused damage to the ideal of democracy is the rise of China. There is no question that China has staged the most spectacular economic boom in the last 30 years. The world is watching. It is a myth that the world copied the US model out of a utopian belief in freedom and liberty: the world copied the US model because it had made the US the richest and most powerful country in the world in a relatively brief period of time.

    An endless series of wars has left the USA poorer than some of its allies and the endless bickering of its corrupt parties has made the US infrastructure look ancient compared with many other places, thereby revealing (even to its closest allies) the price that you have to pay in order to sustain the US model. On the other hand the peaceful and stable rise of China, that has not fought any war since a brief war with Vietnam 30 years ago and that is not afflicted by any political bickering, has shown that there is an alternative and apparently more efficient model, especially for developing countries.

    All the US citizens who demonize "socialism" and "communism" are missing the point. China has a one-party system that revolves around a party called Communist Party. Call it the way you like, but at the end of the day that system (of big centralized government) has performed a lot better than the US system. And not only economically. While the USA has been creating enemies all over the world, China has been creating friends: the two foreign policies stand in stark contrast, especially if one compares the military budget that the USA and China spend to protect their interests. The USA has spent almost ten times more than China over the last decade, and China seems to have gotten ten times more with ten times less.

    The very reason to oppose a socialist regime has been weakened by the USA itself: the undemocratic Chinese system ends up electing a competent and responsible leader like Xi, who is respected all over the world, whereas the democratic US system ends up electing incompetent leaders like George W Bush and now even Donald Trump who are despised everywhere in the world (except Russia).

    Of course there is also a third force that is pulling democracies apart: democracies themselves. The farce of the Brexit referendum, the even more farcical US elections that resulted in the election of the first porn president, who is also a Russian lackey, and the triumphs of xenophonic and quasi-fascist regimes in Eastern Europe and Turkey are hardly proof that democracy produces good leaders. Russia's high-tech interference in elections all over the world has proven how vulnerable the "free" world is to "fake news": people are free to vote, but they are also free to believe the biggest lies. The pro-democracy intellectuals of the developing world wonder whether their own people are better off under a benevolent and competent dictator or under a leader elected by the masses. Watching the state of the USA and China in 2018 the answer is quite obvious.

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