November 18, 2008
Shrinking Democracy Around the World

Actions, as usual, are having consequences. Here are some of those consequences, halfway around the world from Bush’s actions. For the context, go to Jim Fallows’ blog from Beijing.

If once upon a time western media coverage, which affects the opinion of western politicians and citizens, mattered to the Chinese people, this is no longer the case.

In the political realm, the Chinese people no longer have to believe in the rhetoric of freedom, liberty, democracy, sovereignty and human rights. The war in Iraq, the Abu Ghraib prison, the Guantanamo camp, hurricane Katrina and other misconduct took care of all that. Why would the Chinese people be interested in what American president George W. Bush have to preach to them about freedom, liberty, democracy, sovereignty and human rights? When the western media invoke those terms, the reaction from the Chinese people is: “Look within yourselves and fix your own problems first!”

In the economic realm, the financial tsunami of 2008 took care of any credibility in the Washington consensus. In its place was an as-yet-undefined Beijing consensus which has less specifics than the general idea of self-determination. Why would the Chinese people be interested in what Alan Greenspan and Henry Paulson have to tell them about how to run their economy when they have failure on their hands?


Posted by Jerome Doolittle at November 18, 2008 10:10 AM
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Paul Craig Roberts summed it up nicely just about a year ago:

The Romans brought on their own demise, but it took them centuries. Bush has finished America in a mere 7 years.

Posted by: Roddy McCorley on November 18, 2008 11:38 AM

Raul Castro is said to intend to adopt Chinese economical concepts for Cuba. So beware, America! A little giant may be on the rise in the Caribbean.

Posted by: Peter (still in Spain) on November 19, 2008 7:13 AM
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