31 August 2011

Article: Our debased democracies

Article: Our debased democracies

In the British newspaper "The Daily Telegraph", senior conservative(!) journalist Charles Moore wrote on 22 July:

"What with the the phone-hacking scandal, the eurozone crisis and the US economic woes, the greedy few have left people disillusioned with our debased democracies. [...]

"Democratic politics, which purports to enrich the many, is actually in the pocket of those bankers, media barons and other moguls who run and own everything. [...]

"[P]eople in general have lost faith in the free-market, Western, democratic order. They have not yet, thank God, transferred their faith, as they did in the 1930s, to totalitarianism. They merely feel gloomy and suspicious. [...]

"The greatest capitalist country in history is now dependent on other people’s capital to survive. In such circumstances, Western democracy starts to feel like a threatened luxury. We can wave banners about 'life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness', but they tend to say, in smaller print, 'Made in China'."

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