Recently, I got in a conversation about the “forcing” of democracy onto countries (I probably mentioned some of this before). The “forcing” of democracy is something that has always disgusted me. Its just becomes another version of a take-over as far as I’m concerned. The “forcing” of democracy is, to me, a great disgrace and one of the things I’ve grown to hate the U.S. for.
What, really, makes democracy so great? A lot of what the U.S. brags about has nothing, really, to do with democracy at all. In other words, they’re assigning things like economic success, military power, etc. to democracy when it actually has nothing to do with it. I’ve lived in the U.S. all my life and, frankly, I’ve not seen a lot of real evidence of “democracy” nor that it is as influential or as impactful as they make it sound.
It seems, to me, that a lot of this began during the cold war as a competition between the U.S. and Soviet communism. Naturally, the U.S. had to “convert” as much of the world to their ideology as they could (and the Soviet Union did the same) in order to win. Didn’t the U.S. used to speak of the “free world”? That always made me chuckle. They used to say that they were the “leaders of the free world” too. I also used to hear of “making the world safe for democracy”. This is nothing but a reference to the competition with Soviet communism . . .
This competeition started a pattern of “justified” or, rather, “glorified” forcing of democracy onto people as a great “world cause”, as if to save it . . . apparently from Soviet communism which was, we must remember, the world threat. And so this was more of a “weeding out what they didn’t like” more than anything else, a “removing of a threat”. It was not really because democracy was so great or the answer.
America, of course, remained steadfast that it thought it was right but, we must remember, so did everyone else who forced things onto people, including the Soviet Union.
What no one ever mentions is that democracy is really not as convincing as it sounds. Because of this, it wasn’t that easy to ‘convert’ people to it. To be frank, democracy is not a great world-sweeping philosophy as they claimed. When you actually look at what happened you will find that people just don’t “see the truth” of democracy and instantly convert and change. It was never quite that impactful.
In many many cases, the U.S. had to purchase support with aid and money . . . that’s how they “converted” people to democracy. There weren’t no missionaries preaching the ‘great truth of democracy’ to the people. In fact, in most cases there was no preaching to the people at all. In some cases, the U.S. had to get the people in power to change, often by aid and money. The people in power would then “force” it onto the people, making them vote and whatall. That’s how most people found out about it. That was the “conversion”. In other cases, the U.S. overthrew the government and “forced” people to vote . . . they were given no opportunity to even choose what style of government they wanted! And so even the ‘conversion to democracy’ was not a ‘democratic’ thing as is supposed.
I guess its not surprising that most “forced democracies” become corrupt after awhile. That is to say, the voting game became just that, a game. For most of the ‘democratic world’, including the U.S., people find that it doesn’t really matter anyways if they vote or not . . . it doesn’t give them that much power. As a result, people lose interest. In addition, the power game of politics often takes over, with factions and parties manipulating for control making the whole process useless and pointless. You can’t believe a lot of these elections, even in the U.S., but don’t tell many Americans that . . .
The democracy in a “forced democracy” also becomes nothing but an avenue for people to complain or, to be more precise, to vent, which is often more of a destructive process than anything else. They just get mad, upset, riot, and such. I get the impression that many people, who are told that they have a “say” with democracy, end up thinking they HAVE the say . . . what they say should rule. I have never felt that a lot of the world understands what the democratic process is supposed to be . . . I really don’t. As a result, it is a philosophy that has developed a lot of myth and “superstition” about it and what it is.
One reason for this is because democracy reflects a certain tradition and way of thinking. This tradition and way of thinking is not shared by the rest of the world. As a result, there is continual misinterpretation of what it is. I have always wanted to do a study of the world to truly see how much democracy has been misinterpreted . . . I think we’d be amazed. As far as I know, no one has ever done that, no less considered it.
But I have always felt that the forcing of democracy has undermined existing societies and social hierarchies. I have always felt that the forcing of democracy onto people is a major element in the destruction of the worlds cultures and beliefs. It does this by things such as:
- The forcing of foreign beliefs and points of view onto a people.
- It causes the breakdown of an established authority structure, often centuries old.
- It breaks down a social structure and hiearchial system, often centuries old.
The effects of these is to cause a breakdown in many societies of the world. In most cases, the breaking down of an established authority structure, and an established social structure and hiearchial system is no different than destroying a society . . . you might as well kill it. Not only that, once these systems are broken down, they cannot be rebuilt. As a result, the effects of these has had horrible and tragic consequences. This is because these are the things that hold societies together and make them what they are . . . it took centuries to build and the peoples whole way of life is based on it. To remove them is much like uprooting an old tree and, like an old tree, once an old culture is uprooted it can’t be replanted. This uprooting by “forced democracy” has caused many things such as:
- Great political turmoil. Many power vacuums have been created, for example.
- Social problems.
- Civil wars.
- The reigniting of old conflicts and disputes.
- The alienation of the people.
- A fall of a peoples culture and belief system.
Many of the worlds problems can be traced to “forced democracy”, at least in one way or another. So we can see that, in actuality, “forced democracy” has, at least in my opinion, caused more problems than not. Frankly, democracy isn’t that great of a system to justify the creation of all these problems. Not only that, it doesn’t have the ‘answer’ to many countries problems. Living in America for all my life I can tell you that it takes a lot more than a “vote” to get things done and problems answered.
But, because the U.S. survived the cold war, and has had great economic power in the world, much of the world sucks up to the “American system”, no matter what it is (political, economic, commercial, etc.). This has created, in much of the worlds countries, an attitude of ‘sucking up’ to many American ideals, such as the democratic world view, almost as if that is the only form of government. I know very well that this very act is a result of “power” and not of any ‘right’ in democratic politics . . . I’m not that stupid. In other words, its “power” is what makes it important, not its inherent traits. It basically doesn’t matter what system it is, when its in “power” everyone follows it. If communism was in power, everyone would support communism, and such.