Wednesday, March 19, 2003

Call it Democracy: This wonderful article by Georgie Annne Gyer explains why it is foolish to assume you can create democracy at the point of a gun. When we saw the Iron Curtain crumble in 1989, it was because of the seeds of democracy in place including Lech Walesa's Soldarity movement in Poland and Vaclav Havel's movement in the Czech Republic. South Africa became a multiracial democracy because there were roots already in the African National Congress and the deeply flawed aparthied regime which did have some democracy, as long as you were white.

Democracy comes from the people. That is what it means, the people rule. It can't be imposed. What is happening here is not democracy but the resurgence of colonialism. Let's stop dressing up this pig.


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