Middle East Warning: American-Style Democracy Isnít the Answer
by Ron Holland
by Ron Holland: Washingtonís
War and Middle East Policy†Racket
world except for government leaders and politicians are thrilled
with the revolutionary spirit moving through the Middle East. The
leaders of authoritarian regimes from Tunisia to Egypt have fallen
and the rest are threatened in every nation in the region. It is
my hope that your brave spirit of rebellion against one party rule
and foreign backed puppet governments will provide encouragement
to people around the world to stand up and follow your example showing
how your fear of government tyranny is over.
ultimately rule and generate tax revenue by threat and force of
arms and the only difference is the degree of violence and police
state actions. While here in the West, we join you in solidarity
for freedom and representative government, please understand that
our history over the last 100 years clearly shows how democracy
isnít the panacea claimed by most establishment politicians. Thomas
Jefferson described democracy as nothing more than "mob rule,
where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of
the other forty-nine". Trust me, democracy can be just as bad
and often less efficient than authoritarian dictators, fake monarchs
and military rule.
chief editor of The Daily Bell has explained the problems of American,
democracy better than anyone I know in his Middle
East interview yesterday on Russia Today (RT) which broadcasts
in English to over 100 nations around the world.
democracy is a government-intensive approach that seeks to regulate
almost every facet of human behavior and uses concerns for people's
"safety" as a justification for tremendous authoritarianism at home
and I might add for our Middle East friends, a neocon military policy
of aggression, occupation and natural resource control abroad.
features of democracy also have major flaws because this model allows
powerful domestic special interests at home or foreign power elites
to easily buy off a majority of parliament members and control the
government and monetary policies of the nation state. Just as your
dictators or monarchies have been controlled by Western interests
allowing the pillaging of your natural resources, it is a very simple
matter to buy majority control of representatives who should be
representing the citizens but instead sell their souls to outside
The worst problem
with US-style democracy is the illusion that individuals or voters
have power or control over the government. Yes, you get to vote
and protest which on the surface might appear an improvement over
a government structure controlled by a few at the top but this brings
up the fatal weakness of regulatory and representative democracy
as is practiced in Europe and the West today.
In order to
create the illusion of benefits to voters, these democracies have
to borrow massive amounts of money to buy votes and benefits today
and most of the burdensome costs are placed on future generations.
Therefore sovereign-debt-financed democracy can only exist as long
as investors are willing to purchase the treasury debt obligations
to finance this kind of welfare/warfare state. Heavily indebted
Europe and America are now rapidly reaching the end of this fatal
debt Ponzi scheme cycle as the current and future tax revenues cannot
service the debt.
The end of
the debt spiral is here for the western democracies and this is
why the world economy is crashing and inflation is now destroying
the ability of the working poor around the world to feed themselves.
model of representative government restrained by the people is the
best solution to controlling politicians at home and to insure your
congress or parliament represents the citizens rather than controlled
by powerful elites in foreign capitals like Washington or London.
It also provides the means for citizens to control government expenditures,
deficits and debt creation as well as limiting tax increases and
promoting programs which benefit citizens rather than only wealthy
the people still rule and have the ultimate right to decide decisions
when the executive, judicial and representative branches of government
fail to act in the best interests of the nation. Through the right
of referendum they can cancel legislation and with the initiative
they can pass or create legislative action on issues parliament
refuses to act upon. The Swiss system of direct democracy and decentralized
confederation style government protects minority interests and allows
different ethnic, language and religious groups to rule themselves
in accord with what is best for each community and area.
of American Style Democracy
Here in America,
the electorate does not have oversight over legislation and unpopular
government regulations or financial bailouts like in Switzerland.
Neither can we initiate legislation to balance the budget, end the
deficit or control our foreign policy. We have to depend on our
"elected representatives" and as a group they always let
us down because private contributions canít compete with organized
4% of the American voters signed a petition requiring a nationwide
vote "yea or nay" on the banking bailouts, invading another Middle
East nation, auditing the Federal Reserve or on the trillions in
new Washington debt added because of the financial meltdown? The
United States would still be a decentralized republic with limited
government if we still had we had the political option to control
Washington and the special interests.
While it may
not be too late for us here in the United States to return to our
first legitimate government, the Articles of Confederation, it will
be a difficult task against the powerful people which rule our nation.
But for you in the Middle East today who are showing those of us
in the West how to stand up to tyranny, elite rule, squandered resources
and massive government debts, you have an easier job. But donít
stop with just throwing one corrupt leader out and replacing him
with another and donít buy the propaganda about American-style democracy.
If our system
of democracy worked, America would have a balanced budget and we
wouldnít be facing national bankruptcy. Our dollar would be strong,
our free-market economy prosperous and we wouldnít be building empires,
propping up dictators, controlling your oil or invading your territory.
The first step
to liberty and freedom is to be willing to confront authoritarian
regimes and this is happening in every nation in the Middle East
now. Just today, police in Saudi Arabia opened fire on peaceful
protestors and I believe their days are numbered. The House of Saud
is just like all other authoritarian regimes held together by force
but ultimately built only on sand which the tides of a people organized
one dictator for another, one monarch for another or a one-party
rule for another one just as controlled by foreign interests or
domestic elites as you have today. You see, here in the United States,
we throw the bums out every 2 and 4 years without ever changing
anything. Donít make the two mistakes we have made.
system of government based on the successful Swiss model of Confederation
government which gives the people the right to create and cancel
legislation and laws when your legislative body or leaders fail
to follow the majority will of the people. Today, forms of direct
democracy, referendums and decentralized government like in Switzerland
can easily be created using Facebook and other social media.
You have organized
your freedom efforts with social media and these new internet tools
can also be used to control a government you establish. Second,
after 100 years of foreign intervention and manipulation of governments
and leaders in your region, the tools of the Facebook color revolutions
can also work to build freedom-oriented institutions and safeguard
your freedom movements from foreign intelligence actions against
into account your religious and cultural traditions in creating
a government model and donít make the expensive mistakes we have
made in the West as we like you have also lost control of governments.
Your success just might provide the example we need to escape our
own forms of political tyranny in the rest of the world
I wish you
good luck, prayers and victory in your efforts but remember democracy
does not guarantee either freedom or a government controlled by
the people. With regret, our loss of freedoms is proof that American-style
democracy isnít the answer.
Holland [send him
a contributing editor to the Swiss
Mountain Vision Newsletter
and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Foundation for the Advancement
of Free-Market Thinking (FAFMT)
in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.
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