A U.S.-UK Export the World Doesn¶tWant, Thank You Very Much
December 1, 2010 | From theTrumpet.com
A sign that the world is about to get far more dangerous
ast month, David Cameron was in Beijing making himself a target for Chinese leaders¶ jokes.The British prime minister was lecturing them on the supposed benefits of democracy. He tried to sell
them on the joys and wonders of the political quarrels in parliament, of the schisms dividing theelectorate, of the condemnations he routinely receives via Britain¶s vociferously free press.
he told the Chinese. ³These are constraints on the government, and at times they can befrustrating,´ he said. ³But ultimately we believe they make our government better and our country
stronger.´ China¶s leaders had to be amused. The new head of a washed-up, shriveling country of 60 million²squeaking out advice on how to be ³great.´ To them he must sound like a clueless tour guide praisingthe Titanic as it sinks.They, meanwhile, are using authoritarian tactics to rocket their nation of 1.3 billion into thesuperpower stratosphere.This is reality of life on planet Earth today. The tenets of liberal Western governance are becomingpassé. The nations that most embody them²Mr. Cameron¶s Britain, and the United States, mostnotably²are losing relevance. Power is rapidly shifting toward regimes undemocratic, authoritarian,even repressive.Get ready²this theme is going to get louder. And the ramifications are scary.Perhaps one can view it as a natural response to anxious times. Economies teeter²trade wars loom²insurgencies threaten wobbly governments²ruinous weapons proliferate. In the face of such threats,fussiness over freedoms and rights apparently looks out of touch.
Such things might be nice in prosperous, peaceful times, perhaps, but tougher times demand tougher measures.
Whatever their reasons, nations and bodies of nations are unquestionably redefining their priorities.They have tabled discussion about democratic reform in order to address more pressing matters.Cameron¶s recent comments aside, even the West has seriously backed off promoting democracy andbacking opposition movements. It has given up demanding populist reforms as a condition for
enjoying trade, receiving aid or arms, or joining multinational organizations or alliances.