AGITATING FOR A HERMETICALLY SEALED "DEMOCRACY"Marc Schulman
of The American Future
gives a good fisking
to the pro-democracy but anti-globalization openDemocracy
editors Anthony Barnett and Isabel Hilton:"This is where their analysis falls short. Granted, departures from democratic practices aren’t helpful to the anti-terrorist cause. But Barnett and Hilton fail to mention the helpful effects of bringing democratic practices — e.g., the referendum on the Iraq constitution — to people who have never before experienced them. The presumptively negative effects of the former must be weighed against the decidely positive effects of the latter. This the authors do not do."
I have to add that there is a definite incongruity between advocating political freedom to make choices in terms of one's government while wanting to preclude or restrict the economic freedom to make choices in every other area of one's life - work, lifestyle, access to information, travel, religion and culture. Denying people the latter ultimately makes a mockery of the former; a farmer chained in perpetuity behind his water buffalo by the state casts a ballot only to decide which hand is going to hold the whip over his head." In the general course of human nature, A power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will. "- Alexander Hamilton