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The Hypocrisy of the Establishment’s Democracy Crusaders

The recently concluded Democracy Summit [1] in Copenhagen brought together a number of Western leaders concerned with the promotion and preservation of “democracy.” The keynote speech was provided by our former vice president Joe Biden, who addressed the challenges facing democratic government in Europe and the United States. Apparently everywhere in what the Muslims would call the “kingdom of peace,” troublemakers are astir. These baddies usually go under the name “populists,” and they are assailing international bodies like the European Union that are intended to nurture democratic values, while mocking the democratic thinking and practice that the dignitaries in Copenhagen want to see universally inculcated.

Josh Rogin, a political analyst for CNN and Bloomberg View, praises the high-mindedness [2] of these democracy crusaders, who are really establishment politicians from Western countries and Mexico, and stresses the daunting problems that confront them as they engage an “existentialist crisis.” Conscientious world leaders are trying to counter “the new authoritarianism in Hungary, Poland, Austria, Italy, and especially the United States,” Rogin writes, all countries that have begun to turn their backs on “democracy.” Rogin uses the “community of democracies” and “the West” interchangeably, thereby giving the impression that the fate of Western civilization is the hands of the elites that he favors.

This brings us to two divergent concepts of democracy [3], both of which now have their partisans but only one of which is acceptable to globalist leaders. One concept assumes that governments should be controlled by influential elites who make sure Western populations believe what they’re instructed to believe. These elites are connected to a global corporate economy that treats national borders as an archaic hindrance to “trade.” Also favored are the unencumbered movements of populations and goods—and any Western countries that don’t conform to their wishes are pushed around. This ruling class views elections not as a means to determine the popular will but as a ritual for confirming democratic centralist instructions. The Deep State in the United States backs this form of government in Europe because, as in the telling case of Merkel’s Germany, it usually causes foreign leaders to go along with our elites. Our media, meanwhile, fear the possibility that those who deviate from their preferred governmental model might tumble into right-wing authoritarianism.   

Allow me to criticize two aspects of this elitist model of democracy. One, it is meddlesome and imperialistic and treats the national sovereignty of countries that don’t fall into line as totally insignificant. It also attempts to impose what until recently were radical social projects advanced by the feminist and LGBT lobbies on those who cling to more traditional moral values. These are the views that were held by most Americans when I was growing up in the 1950s; they only started to change in the 1960s as the counterculture took root.

Two, one should be appalled by how self-righteous these democracy crusaders have become. I’m still reading about Tommy Robinson rotting in a dangerous English prison for daring to investigate a Pakistani gang [4] raping English girls. One enthusiastically acclaimed speaker at the Democracy Summit, Tony Blair, inflicted on Britain reckless Third World immigration in what he later admitted was a social experiment [5]. Blair also made sure to criminalize hate speech in a country that had once properly been viewed as a cradle of freedom. One might have also asked Stephen Harper and other Canadian attendees at the Summit when Western Trinity Law School [6] will have its license restored, after that Christian institution was stripped of this operational requirement because it didn’t go far enough [7] in accommodating gays and the transgendered. And when will Canadian courts stop bringing criminal charges against Christian ministers [8] who dare to quote the Bible on sexually improper conduct?  

A recent amusing example of the hypocrisy of our “democratic” elites was found in the shrieks of rage from Western media and politicians when the Polish Diet earlier this year passed a law criminalizing Holocaust denial and trivialization. Poland attached to this law a prohibition of any “slanderous” attempt to blame the “Polish nation” for Nazi crimes, whereupon the charge was brought against Rogin’s “authoritarian” Poles that they were trampling on free speech and open discussion. This outcry persisted until a few days ago, when the Poles, under American [9] pressure, modified the law.

Heather Nauert, a spokeswoman for the State Department, complimented the Poles for having restored free expression. On January 31, she had denounced [10] the law because “we believe open debate, scholarship, and education are the best means of countering inaccurate and hurtful speech.” Neither the State Department nor the rest of our “democratic” elite bothers to notice that the criminalization of open discussion about the Holocaust and a variety of other subjects remains the rule across Western Europe. In “democratic” France, there is also criminalization of any explicit or implicit denial of the “Armenian genocide,” besides the usual garden-variety laws against supposed hate speech.

Of course, I’m not holding my breath for a “Democracy Summit” to address these illiberal measures in its own backyards.  After all, that’s not what Rogin’s “West” is about.

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Paul Gottfried is Raffensperger Professor of Humanities Emeritus at Elizabethtown College, where he taught for 25 years. He is a Guggenheim recipient and a Yale Ph.D. He is the author of 13 books, most recently Fascism: Career of a Concept and Revisions and Dissents [11].

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#1 Comment By Phil On July 11, 2018 @ 6:50 am

It is ironic to see Gottfried, who can be seen in various YouTube videos praising fascism (not the #Resistance’s imagined fascism, the 1930s Italian variety) complain about the elites not respecting Hungary and Poland’s democracy.

He is correct to point out the hypocrisy of Western democratic types who restrict speech at home and complain about it abroad, but Gottfried should be clear about his own motives as well. They have nothing to do with democracy, and everything to do with encouraging the resurgence of precisely those ideas which led Europe to tear itself apart, and indirectly to some of the hysterical left wing reaction to those events we are still witnessing today.

#2 Comment By Michael Kenny On July 11, 2018 @ 8:23 am

The usual anti-EU propaganda.

#3 Comment By Ben On July 11, 2018 @ 8:45 am

“I’m still reading about Tommy Robinson rotting in a dangerous English prison for daring to investigate a Pakistani gang raping English girls.”

This is a really shameful distortion. He was arrested because he was filming and live streaming outside a courtroom as a case was going on, actions which could have impacted the fairness of the trial.

You should read this post to understand why he was arrested and imprisoned: [12]

#4 Comment By Johann On July 11, 2018 @ 8:57 am

Conscientious world leaders are trying to counter “the new authoritarianism in Hungary, Poland, Austria, Italy, and especially the United States,” Rogin writes

Obama was the Executive Order writer in chief. Most of Trumps Executive Orders have been to cancel Obama’s overreach.

#5 Comment By paul gottfried On July 11, 2018 @ 11:09 am

Perhaps my memory is failing but I don’t remember having ever praised fascism as a movement that needs to be brought back. There is a difference between pointing out that in the 1920s and 1930s Mussolini did very little to socialize the economy while running a regime that practiced minimal violence and recommending such a regime for the present age. The accusation that I’m some kind of fascist is utter nonsense. I have read many posts about Tommy Robinson and find nothing that he did that justifies the horrendous punishment to which he’s been subject.One has to be a fool not to suspect that the brutal enforcement of Political Correctness is the reason he’s now languishing in a very dangerous prison situation. I doubt my critic would be advocating such a punishment if Robinson were a Muslim activist.

#6 Comment By Bob K. On July 11, 2018 @ 11:15 am

Re Tommy Robinson “rotting in a dangerous English prison” for exercising his rights to freedom of speech and assembly on the streets outside of a courthouse where a trial was in place.

Oops! I forgot! There is neither freedom of speech or assembly in Britain.

#7 Comment By Tom Cullem On July 11, 2018 @ 11:37 am

@Ben – You are correct about why Robinson was arrested. However, you have evaded the question of why he was deliberately moved to a notoriously dangerous prison filled with Muslim criminals.

It is also true that Nick Griffin was the first to refer publicly to the horrific situation in Rotherham, the first of the big Muslim grooming gang scandals.

I am not holding out a brief here for all Griffin’s and Robinson’s views, but it does bear remembering that it was the left (Labour) in Rotherham that refused to investigate the reports because of the ethnicity of the alleged perps, and threw 1400 girls to the wolves.

One of the reasons the left is losing the white working-class both in America and Britain, is that this demographic finally realised that in any contest that pitted multiculturalism and identity politics against women’s rights and worker right, the former would win every time.

Even today, the Labour party sacked a former MP, Sarah Champion, for daring to assert that there was a cultural problem in our Muslim communities with overwhelmingly Pakistani men raping overwhelmingly Anglo girls in those grooming gangs. Labour is heavily invested in the Muslim community’s votes, and yet again chose to shoot the messenger rather than risk ire from this community. Thus, yet again, placing electoral maths against girls’ lives.

Labour is the one giving men like Robinon a platform. Labour’s and the rest of the left’s hypocrisy here is breathtaking, although hardly surprising.

#8 Comment By mark_be On July 11, 2018 @ 12:18 pm

“the Polish Diet earlier this year passed a law criminalizing Holocaust denial and trivialization. Poland attached to this law a prohibition of any “slanderous” attempt to blame the “Polish nation” for Nazi crimes”

Nice try, but that prohibition was targeted against anyone daring to claim that Polish people, on occasion, helped the Nazi occupiers round up Jews, which is a historic fact, and it also attempted to whitewash the complicity of the Polish nation in anti-Jewish pogroms throughout its modern history.

The Holocaust was a uniquely Nazi German crime, but it had many helpers everywhere German soldiers set foot, and it was deeply rooted in the Christian tradition of antisemitism. Burying your dirty past in criminal law statutes is not the proper way to build a nation.

#9 Comment By Stephen J. On July 11, 2018 @ 1:02 pm

The writer makes some excellent points, and gives evidence. Unfortunately, there are those in society today that have been “Conditioned” to accept: “The Open Criminality of the Establishment and its Political Puppets.” Not understanding that they are, The Prisoners of “Democracy.” Links below provide more information.

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#10 Comment By LouisM On July 11, 2018 @ 3:12 pm

Europe has no electoral system as does the US. The electoral system means that the states elect the president. There is a national vote held on the same day but the democratic vote is over relevant to that state and each state is given an electoral count.

Its a similar system to our Congress where every state gets 2 senators for representation while the house is based on population.

Both systems assure than a single or a group of large states such as California, Texas, Florida etc do not control the outcome of an election and render the smaller less populated states as irrelevant.

In Europe, Germany controls most of EU and gets even more power when France and Germany cooperate. It renders all the smaller less powerful countries as irrelevant…even Great Britain which had to vote to leave because it was getting over burdened by EU immigration and bureaucracy.

If the EU is to survive and that is still questionable then the EU will either devolve to a voluntary confederacy or it will adopt some system like the electoral system or a structure of equal representation like our US senate to defang France and Germany from their leadership/control positions and give equal representation to smaller EU nations.

#11 Comment By Thrice A Viking On July 11, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

Interesting article. It suffers, however, IMO from not analyzing the second type of democracy aside from the elitist kind. It’s not hard to guess that the 2nd kind is the populist (hope I’m guessing correctly), but still, some comment on it would have been helpful.

Louis M, that was quite a good analysis, I appreciate your sharing it. By “Europe” in the first sentence, you do mean the EU, don’t you, as opposed to individual countries within it?

On the Tommy Robinson matter: how does journalism OUTSIDE a courtroom impact a trial inside it? Doesn’t the UK sequester its jurors for such things?

#12 Comment By Populist On July 11, 2018 @ 6:56 pm

“Interesting article. It suffers, however, IMO from not analyzing the second type of democracy aside from the elitist kind. It’s not hard to guess that the 2nd kind is the populist (hope I’m guessing correctly), but still, some comment on it would have been helpful.”

I guess the second type of democracy Gottfried is referring to is the “rule by the people”-type of democracy. In modern jargong this would be considered populism. And populism is evil. So there is really only one way forward. We should all just obey our masters!