May 28th, 2012

White House Brain

The Business of Government ...

... is not business.

The business of government is to secure our inherent rights; the purpose of a corporation is to make a profit. Securing rights is not profitable, therefore, a government infested with businessmen has, and will, only lead to an erosion of the security of our rights in the name of profit for the few. This has been proven every time a President has enacted "pro-business" deregulation and union busting; the policies failed with Harding, Reagan, and Bush the Younger, each time causing a bubble followed by a crash. The empirical evidence is obvious but, as anybody who pays attention to Republicans can tell you, empirical evidence doesn't matter to Republicans; all that matters is blind faith.

Defending world peace... by selling guns

2011 was the year of protests and great changes. People in the Middle East took to the streets and defended their right for democracy, human rights, and a fairer access to the resources of their countries. The sparkle of the Arab spring jumped over to China and Azerbaijan, Yemen and Bahrain. But now as we look back, the democratic achievements in Tunisia, Libya and Egypt could hardly be called a success. Meanwhile, regimes like China used their full repressive capacity to suffocate the democratic movements in their roots. Words like 'Jasmine Revolution' and even 'Egyp't were banned from the Internet there. The governments of Syria and Azerbaijan displayed the harshest reaction to public dissent. Others bought their subjects' loyalty and silence with whimsical bonuses, like Saudi Arabia and Oman. Very few decided to make real changes. It would now seem that most of these societies, after venting out most of their frustration, will have the same-old-same-old once more, but with different players, and while only nominally being called democracies. Reference: Egypt.

Europe and America may have given their verbal support for the democratic movements, stating that criticism of state oppression and its heavy economic consequences is well grounded. But in the meantime these same paragons of democracy have never interrupted their connections with either those repressive governments (where they remained) or their successors (where the revolutions succeeded). Because geopolitical interest trumps nice words, and many of these regimes guarantee relative stability in strategically important regions, which on top of that abound of natural resources. As a consequence, human rights violations committed by friendly regimes are being either ignored or in the best case met with scorn, and nothing more. No real measures are being taken against them, while business continues as usual. This is the conclusion of none other but Amnesty International and many other human rights organisations.

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