posted on 01 December 2015
Written by Frank Li
Americans revere freedom. Anything labelled, even falsely, as freedom is always considered good. For example, for many years, any attempt to legalize same-sex marriage was a losing cause until it was portrayed as an issue of freedom, which finally won it approval by the Supreme Court (Same-Sex Marriage)! Another example: depending on the perspective of the viewer, a Syrian freedom fighter may be considered good while a Syrian terrorist is bad, despite the fact that they may literally be the same person!
Americans also revere democracy, despite the fact that democracy has been a proven failure throughout human history without a single example of lasting success. But democracy proponents often link it with freedom, thus defusing any challenge from democracy doubters.
The truth of the matter is that democracy and freedom are two entirely separated ideologies, and must therefore not be used synonymously!
According to Wikipedia - democracy,
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary,
3. Individual freedom vs. rule of law
Every living thing (e.g. a human being, bird, or even plant) yearns for freedom! We, the human race, used to wander the earth without any constraint - We had total freedom! Then we settled down and formed communities, often with some form of law, righteous or not. Since then, individual freedom and the rule of law have been diametrically contradictory! Individual freedom achieves its maximal degree without law, while the rule of law achieves its maximal effect without individual freedom!
In short, everything is relative, including freedom!
Freedom comes in multiple forms, such as freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But what is ultimately the most important freedom for mankind? How about the freedom to live, including freedom from starvation and poverty? Here is an excerpt from 11 Facts About Global Poverty:
In short, when you are dead poor and hungry, freedom of speech is perhaps not a high priority ...
5. Freedom from poverty and democracy
The most important question then is this: is democracy the best form of government to address mankind's most enduring issue - poverty?
The answer is no! Three prominent points:
6. Freedom and democracy in America
America is the exception, not the rule! America was built on a piece of commandeered land, on which some Europeans found a second chance to start over with a clean slate. It was a luxury no other contemporary groups had, except perhaps for the Europeans who migrated to South America at about the same time a few hundred years ago.
America was prosperous throughout most of the 20th century because of its superb capitalism and its overwhelming abundance in natural resources, despite democracy. America has been in a steep decline in the 21st century because of democracy. Here is the latest news from IMF:
To truly understand its implication for America, read: Money and America.
In short, not only is democracy failing in America, the American model is not exportable (and it's even too late for South America)!
7. Freedom and democracy in the world
People yearn for freedom, with economic freedom being the most important to dispel hunger!
Democracy is a good ideological concept. Democracy is also a good practice in many aspects of daily life. But democracy as a form of government must not be accepted blindly, if not utterly rejected! Specifically,
Below is another perspective to illustrate the significance of China’s RMB as a reserve currency of the world.
Stop mixing democracy and freedom - they are two different things - Different ideologies and different outcomes!
China must expand personal freedom beyond economic freedom, with freedom of speech being the most important.
America, reform our political system as I have suggested (Solution for America (Version 3)), or become an also-ran, second to China!
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