posted on 05 August 2015
Written by Frank Li
I believe I have the most accurate diagnosis for America (Diagnosis for America (Version 3)) as well as the best solution (Solution for America (Version 3)). To best appreciate them, you must have a comprehensive understanding of America as well as the world, for which an essential issue is republic: democracy (e.g. America) vs. autocracy (e.g. China).
1. Basic definitions
Let's clearly define three basic terms: democracy, autocracy, and republic.
According to Wikipedia - democracy,
Here is my simple but succinct definition: one person, one vote.
According to Wikipedia - autocracy
If this definition looks eerily familiar to you, you are right - I contributed most of the text above to Wikipedia! For more, read: Chinese Presidency: An Earned Kingship for 10 Years!
According to Wikipedia - republic,
Here is my simple definition: today, if you are not a monarchy, you are a republic, with or without democracy.
Today, the term "republic" means different things to different people. Three examples:
2. A little bit of human history
For at least the three thousand years prior to 1775, monarchy was undoubtedly the most successful form of government. Two ancient alternatives, a republic in ancient Rome and a democracy in ancient Greece, were tried some 2,000 years ago, without success.
In 1775, we, as the downtrodden, again started trying republic as an alternative form of government to monarchy, with two major revolutions:
Furthermore, in order to build good and lasting republics, not only did we invent a new thing called "communism", we reused democracy, as if it were a new thing.
The results so far have been mixed. Two examples:
What happened recently? China has become as a formidable challenger to the West, with a new form of government called "state capitalism", with autocracy instead of democracy!
3. A little bit of American history
America was built as a republic (vs. monarchy). The debates between the Founding Fathers were merely about the form of the republic. Three examples:
Jefferson won the debate! As a result, America was built as a representative republic, although the representation, or the right to vote and to serve, was initially limited to some white males only ... Specifically, "We the People", so begins the U.S. Constitution.
But who are "the People" in the Constitution? To the founding fathers, "the People" included only certain rich white men as follows:
For many reasons, especially as a young republic full of contradictions (e.g. human equality vs. slavery), America has been loosely called a democracy since its early days.
4. A changing world!
Today, America remains a republic. The difference between 200 years ago and today is democracy. Democracy, by the simple but succinct definition of one person, one vote, did not exist in America until 1965 (Voting Rights Act of 1965).
Overall, America, as a unique experiment, has been hugely successful. However, everything is relative. While America has been enjoying its success, China has also become a hugely successful republic recently, with autocracy instead of democracy!
So it's time for the world to clearly separate these two terms: republic and democracy, thanks to autocracy in general and China in specific!
5. The People's Republic of China
To be precise, China (1949-1976) was more feudalistic than republic (or even communistic), with Mao Zedong being the de facto last emperor.
China changed dramatically after Mao's death in 1976. Today, the most appropriate description of China is "state capitalism", with autocracy instead of democracy!
China is obviously a republic for one simple reason: None of the Chinese Presidents over the past five decades at least has been linked to previous Presidents by blood (or even marriage)!
For more, read: Chinese Presidency: An Earned Kingship for 10 Years.
Democracy, as we practice it today, is destroying America more successfully than any other forces. Specifically, America is being destroyed by both the left and the right as follows:
Here is an international perspective, to which I agree:
7. America vs. China
There are many ways to compare America with China. The image below is a highlight. It can actually explain the world very well, from the Middle East to Ukraine. For more, read: Democracy Prevailed over Communism, Really?
Specifically, let's focus on one issue: A fish rots from the head!
Here is a key difference between China and America: China's head is right, but America's is not! At doubt? Look at this quote:
In contrast, what is the head of America has been doing? We have had more than 40 Presidents, but most recent ones have damaged America more than any other forces, combined! For more, read: American Presidency: Why is One-Term a Must (Version 3)?
Republic, generally speaking, is a better form of government than monarchy. But what is the best form of a republic? Between democracy (e.g. America) and autocracy (e.g. China), my bet is on the latter! Why? Because autocracy supports capitalism, while democracy destroys it! For more, read: Towards an Ideal Form of Government.
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