Freedom? What Democracy?
By Siv O'Neall
26 August, 2007
The idea that the United States
is the freest and most democratic country on the planet has forever
been force-fed into the minds of Americans. In fact, there are really
no other countries in the world that can even closely approach the level
of freedom and democracy enjoyed by the American people. Americans are
The hidden truth
Where is the democracy in
a country and in a world that is being run by transnational corporations?
Where even the Congress is tied down by bonds of dependency to Corporate
America, Republicans and Democrats alike. Where the rulers have not
even been freely and honestly elected by the people? Where the ruling
clique consists exclusively of men and women representing Big Money,
business executives who have no understanding of what it is like to
go sick and hungry? Who have no humility, no compassion, no understanding
of how all the cogs in a machinery are important in the process of making
the engine run. The voices of the poor have been silenced for so long
that the power people have forgotten their sound.
Where is the democracy in
a country where nobody can be sure that his vote is even counted in
a fair election? Where is the democracy in a country where the children
of the poor have no right to a quality education? Where people are kept
illiterate so as to be blindfolded and led down a path to nowhere, where
there is no hope, no light, no future. Where people are kept half starving
and half strangled so as to be cut off from any possibility to revolt
in great force and number. Keep the masses weak, ignorant and hypnotized
by patriotic propaganda about how we are the best, we are the leaders
of the world. Make the people believe that they just have to apply themselves
and they will be able to get out into the light and become leaders of
people, make the big buck and prove that this is a free country.
What is freedom if there
is no right for poor people to get decent healthcare, no right to get
a proper education, no right to feel secure in their daily needs, no
right to be treated fairly by bosses and security agents? What is freedom
if people have no right to trust their own safety and feel confident
in their modest dreams for a better tomorrow?
What is freedom in a world
of greedy capitalism where nothing matters except the grabbing of the
money of the underdog? What is freedom in a world where you have to
buy at great expense your drinking water from big corporations that
have no other concern but to screw you out of what you have managed
to scrape together under inhuman working conditions? What is freedom
when you are not even free to breathe clean air because it's gotten
polluted by big industry, not free to drink clean water because chemical
companies have dumped toxic waste upstream into the water that runs
by your house? What is freedom when the resources in your part of the
world are claimed by huge corporations in a far-away country?
What is freedom if it takes
volunteering to fight an illegal and immoral war and risk your life
and your health to get a chance to one day get a good education?
What is freedom when you
don't even have the right to get your voice heard in matters that concern
you directly? When you are in essence nothing but a slave to your bosses,
to the people who run your community, to the people who take your money
in taxes to spend on an illegal war and for the obscene enrichment of
The world is not run by common
sense. The world is not run by thoughtful politicians. It is run by
greed and ruthlessness. A total lack of compassion is the trade mark
of the ruling elite. And a total lack of vision, since the only thing
that matters is instant gain. Today counts, tomorrow is beyond their
All the talk about bringing
democracy and freedom to Iraq is the most obscene lie, since nobody
in the war-crazy clique in Washington had any thought whatsoever of
doing a good deed for Iraq. Control and domination were the goals that
kept the war machine going. Control of oil and domination of the people
so as to subdue them to inaction. Vain and shortsighted goal since in
the long run nobody can dominate a people who is set on keeping the
country that is theirs for themselves. Thoughtlessly plundering and,
absent any firm plans, the U.S. neoconservative junta had nothing else
in their field of vision but to gain access to Iraqi oil and ultimately
to control the whole region. Shameless hubris, mindless arrogance.
The world is well on the
way of losing any semblance of democracy under the active undemocratic
force of the big corporations that dictate the finances of the planet
without the slightest consideration of what is good for the people.
The invisible people who make up the base of all the activity that underlies
the world of Big Business. The invisible people who are powerless in
this world of greed and urge to dominate and control. Political power
is for those who pay; the lobbies buy influence and all the rest is
hypocrisy and lies.
The future of the
The American empire, however,
may well one day soon find itself in an impasse, since they are not
as mighty and overpowering as they seem to think. Their simplistic way
of setting out to conquer the world will certainly, in one way or another,
be thwarted by other great powers who want their share of the booty.
The Russian-Chinese cooperative, brought together by their common wariness
of the U.S. empire, and even docile India will not sit by and watch
the U.S. take over the whole Middle East and Central Asia region. The
neocon junta in Washington thought it would be child's play to take
over the running of the world, they had visions of invincibility and
of everlasting Republican rule, but at this very moment they are in
a tight spot and the future will tell how stable or unstable the U.S.
empire actually is. The ever increasing need for energy, and thus for
a piece of the pie, in the emerging great nations makes it highly unlikely
that the United States will be allowed to dominate the world scene and
the oil supply unilaterally for ages to come.
The question left open is
whether one day we will be able to take back our democracy and our freedoms
and build some form of an equitable world where wide-spread hunger is
not the cancer on our society that it is today.
© Copyright 2007 by
is an Axis of Logic columnist, based in France. She can be reached at
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