Would not most people of the world, given the chance to vote on it, tell their governments to provide health, education and welfare for all, to protect the environment, to provide for the aged, sick, and disabled?  Would they not vote for clean water – the right to water which has been denied them in national and international rights?   Would they not vote for local agriculture supplemented by fair trade for other agricultural products, at the same time maintaining the integrity and sustainability of the agricultural landscape by avoiding monocrop genetically modified agriculture supported by a few big businesses?   Would they not vote to tell occupying forces, or any military foreign forces to go home and leave them in peace?  Would they not vote to constrain the rights of corporations, to keep them responsible for environmental as well as personal damages and apply responsibilities and liabilities to the owners and managers?

Unless heavily inculcated with the dogma and rhetoric of military glory and economic survival through debt riddled consumerism, an educated public (remember the meritocracy argument?) would more than likely make choices that protect the cultural community as well as the agricultural and geographical resources.  An informed public, informed through a critical media, informed by truly free access to government and corporate information, would certainly rule the nations differently than our current crop of secretive elites.

Sum

All these arguments are of course short versions of what could become chapters, books, on the various topics quickly over viewed.  A true democracy would be ideal, but that ideal will not be realized until the armies of the world are constrained, until the corporations of the world are put back under control of the nations, until the nations are allowed to choose their own destinies through unhindered noninterfered-with truly free elections.  True democracy, true people power, is a long way off in much of the world.  It is to realize that and to understand all its permutations that will help bring it about as a reality, through the long slow process of education, protestation, agitation, and resistance.

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[1] These quotes are widely cited in a variety of sources active against the deservedly deceased MAI. Also quoted in Chomsky, Noam. “Hordes of Vigilantes”, Profit Over People – Neoliberalism and Global Order. Seven Stories Press, N.Y. 1999. p. 163.

[2]  Ramzy Baroud.  “The Hypocrisy of Al-Demoqratia,”  December 12, 2009.  Palestine Chronicle.  http://www.palestinechronicle.com/view_article_details.php?id=15605

[3] three useful recent works:

Eamon Fingleton.  In the Jaws of the Dragon.  Thomas Dunne Books, New York.  2008.
– a readily accessible read, a more ‘dramatic’ read than the others, but allies with     Jacques’ book.

Martin Jacques.  When China Rules the World.  Allen Lane (Penguin), London.  2009.
– a more academic read, a bit more difficult to follow, but supports the ideas presented in Fingleton. Very good at interpreting the Chinese representations of  themselves.

Bill Emmott.  Rivals.  Mariner Books (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) , Boston.  2009.
– Emmott is an economist and thus argues grandly using many monetary statistics  and is much more a western interpretation, based on some typical western stereotypes and interpretations of Chinese character.