America Showcases the Dangers of Democracy

February 15, 2012

Introduce China’s future leader to Congress, and he’ll never even consider democratic reforms. And yet that’s what’s about to happen in D.C. Whoever’s in charge of that itinerary, nice job. So much for political liberalization in my lifetime.

I just hope that after Xi meets folks like Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, he won’t advocate a new era of isolationism and start building the next Great Wall.

At least he won’t be meeting Pete Hoekstra or Mitt Romney. So we’ve got that going for us, which is nice.

And oh yeah, Joe Biden keeps talking trash. He said this in front of Xi at a roundtable meeting (among other things):

“Competition can only be mutually beneficial if the rules of the game are understood, agreed upon and followed,” Biden told the roundtable.

Can someone please muzzle this guy? Now, I’m not saying that he doesn’t have some good points here, and this is relatively benign, but saying all this in public in front of Xi seems like a bad idea. Public criticism is good for the home crowd, but it isn’t too conducive to bilateral relations.

5 thoughts on “America Showcases the Dangers of Democracy

  1. gregorylent

    usa is a corporatocracy. elections are purchased via publicity campaigns, the winner being the guy who spends the most. superPACs allow unlimited corporate purchases of elections and legislation.

    voting is a public pacification program to disguise the one-party business-as-usual reality. it is a supremely skillful pr dance achieved with the complicity of media.

    china is hopefully too smart to allow this type of democracy into it’s system. can you imagine the money and muscle power that would migrate to a “democratic” election process?

    as for india, one need go no farther than the phrase money and muscle, and that police follow the victorious party, not the law.

    don’t even use the word “democracy”, it lost real meaning decades ago.

    1. Daniel

      Agree completely!

      Though I think China’s already there, seeing its actions. While it distances itself from the term “democracy”, its already adopted the vile policies you cite, of influence-peddling, “money talks,” and using the great PR machine to make its citizenry do/accept what the monied/powerful want. China is more “democratic” in this sense, than it wants to believe. Though I won’t blame them — such behaviors unfortunately are endemic to humans everywhere, we as a race are weak when it comes to resisting the narcotic effects of greed and power. Thinking of it, its true also of animals & plants — all life tries to take advantage of its situation when it gets even a little influence or power over others — this seems to arise out of evolutionary theory.

      I guess we (societies) can’t avoid being this way because its how life works — the survival of the fittest. Unfortunate for us, “fittest” in the concrete jungle does NOT mean the nicest, most altruistic, cooperative, or even prettiest would win/survive. We subconsciously hope our meritocracies and democracies would reward such people – but it doesn’t work that way. Such systems reward those who can out-maneuver against their opponents, leaders, neighbours, and even brothers. That’s why in nature we see weeds so easily proliferating whereas flowers have to fight hard just to stay alive. Guess we’re stuck with this aspect of “human nature”. And to start seeing many (not all) of our leaders as the “weeds” they are. :-O

  2. Tee

    Biden really can’t be blamed for his public dressing down of Xi as I imagine that he’s simply following the script that’s been laid out for him by the admin’s policy people. The US has a well-established tradition of censuring and humiliating China publicly, and I actually half-expected Xi to get a worse reception in this election campaign season with the presidential candidates competing to out-hate China. I remember a few years ago when Hu visited Bush in the US, the national anthem of Taiwan was played “by mistake” and some human rights activists managed to get past all the security to interrupt Hu’s public address. That incident caused an uproar back in China, despite the government’s attempt to keep the embarrassment from reaching the people. So I think what Biden’s done here is relatively tame.

    And I’m just indulging in some idle musings here, but I think China may arrive at some kind of federal system with elected provincial heads and a non-elected central government.