Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Joseph Thomas — US Concerns Over “Election Interference” May Backfire

... the US’ reaction to what it claims is “2016 election interference” could significantly backfire, since the US itself is engaged in very real, overt election interference globally, and for decades. In fact, even as the US berated Russia for allegedly interfering in America’s internal politics, its own organisations, including the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), funded by the US government, openly admitted they were leaking information regarding China’s internal politics in efforts to undermine Beijing.
In fact, NED and its subsidiaries (including the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and Freedom House) as well as myriad fronts around the world these organisations fund, support and direct, are openly dedicated to manipulating foreign elections, creating US-friendly opposition movements and even overthrowing governments that impede US interests worldwide.…
... nations like China, Malaysia and Thailand have verified evidence that opposition fronts are funded, backed and even directed by US organisations like NED. What has been perhaps preventing these nations from dismantling these foreign-backed networks, has been the illusion of America’s pro-democracy stance. However, with the US now cracking down on whistle-blowers, opposition media and shifting tides amid American politics all based on allegations of “Russian” involvement, what is preventing other states from cracking down on verified US interference in their own internal politics?
Russia and China were already kicking out the US NGOs and shuttering domestic NGOs receiving foreign funding for this reason. Of course, the US protested this vigorously as an illiberal outrage.

One of the paradoxes of liberalism is that liberal countries can force liberalism on other countries even through regime change and even military means, but other countries cannot attempt to influence liberal countries. Because "freedom and democracy."

US Concerns Over “Election Interference” May Backfire
Joseph Thomas | chief editor of Thailand-based geopolitical journal, The New Atlas and contributor to the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”

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Andrew Anderson said...

Because "freedom and democracy." Tom Hickey

Since one of the first actions after the overthrow of Egypt's (and Libya's?) government was the establishment of a central bank (with the power to create fiat for the private sector), I'd say the more likely story is because "government privileged usury cartels". It's an old story: "freedom to enslave."

Bob said...

More hypocritical than paradoxical.