Sunday, December 1, 2013

Heady days for the National Endowment for Democracy

News consumers will no doubt be following developments in Thailand and Ukraine. In both cases democratically elected governments are being pressured by mobs of "democracy activists" to abdicate.

In both countries the NED has spent years funding and developing networks of so-called democracy activists.

The NED was born in the Reagan era as a conduit to funnel support to reliable allies within foreign states. Although it claims NGO status it receives all its funding from the US government and does the bidding of same. It is not "independent" in any way. It's mission is to support groups who will be supportive of US interests and to undermine groups who are not.

US "interests" are of course the usual stew of anti-democratic initiatives designed to further American military and corporate goals around the world. The reason the work of the NED is so important is that democracy is a delicate flower not properly appreciated by many foreigners. People in the so-called lesser-developed world often make the mistake of putting their own interests ahead of those of the US.

Luckily, those errant results of a flawed democratic process can sometimes be reversed, as in Paraguay and Honduras, both countries in which the NED had actively supported reliable cadres of properly indoctrinated "democracy activists." Such reversals are known as "constitutional crises."

Egypt under Morsi was too far gone for a constitutional crisis and required a full-out military coup. While it may seem counter-intuitive to those not familiar with US-style democracy, a military coup can sometimes be the most democratic way of affecting change.

So buck up, democracy activists in Bangkok and Kiev. Keep the pressure on. Sooner or later you will prevail. You too can have a democracy that Uncle Sam can be proud of.

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