The pandemic undoes the invention called democracy

ONLY if you can’t even discuss the possibility that you refuse to see the implications of the data staring you in the face.

These are the examples of a democratic system – the United States, India and European countries – which have terribly failed their citizens to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

The United States, the richest country in the world and the self-proclaimed executor of democracy around the world, is on its knees with an incredible 62 million of its people having contracted Covid-19 and 861,003 killed – so far . India, the world’s largest democracy, is competing for second place with the United States as the worst-hit country with the most deaths.

Across the world and across the political spectrum, the People’s Republic of China, with its one-party system and the first to be hit by the pandemic, has just 104,000 cases, less than 0.2% of that of the United States, and 4,600 deaths or 0.5 percent of the United States ”. The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is doing better than the Republic of the Philippines.

Such stark contrasts cannot be explained by simply citing various reasons. Ultimately, it’s the system of government that explains it, as no other institution in the modern age has such an impact on the lives of its citizens.

The American democratic system led to a president with no government experience, a megalomania unfortunately at the time of the pandemic: Donald Trump. Because it disrupted his Make-America-Great-Again playbook, he dismissed Covid-19 at the crucial start of the pandemic as ““ just like the flu. ”A speed that has advanced billions of dollars to Big Pharma , produced vaccines too late, when the pandemic had swept in. Since Americans are the most traveled people on earth, I am convinced that it was the Americans who spread the virus, first to Europe and then to Asia. recently the new Omicron variant appears to have been brought here by a Filipino woman from America.

Two-party system

With America’s two-party system, Democrats could only produce in a close election one Joe Biden, a 79-year-old man who certainly speaks and acts like his age. And at a crucial time, when the United States needs the most charismatic, unifying president of all time, it gets what history would likely deem to be its weakest. With the Omicron virus unleashed, the United States for the most part is drawn into the dog-eating politics of a democratic system.

Blockages? Inconceivable the first year because Americans don’t know what to do. Their country was born, they say, from the concept of freedom as a supreme virtue. Discover the signs of rallyists in the United States and Europe: “I would rather die than vaxé!” “,” Do not play with my body! “

The flaws of democracy in the United States are further compounded at lower levels, as the US president cannot even force governors to enforce a uniform system of lockdowns and vaccinations. Courts declare governors’ orders unconstitutional while even school boards challenge their local government.

Compare them to China, with President Xi Jinping at the helm of China, 11 years younger than Biden but wielding far greater powers than him. Even though he was a “red prince” as those who came to elite families are nicknamed, Xi earned a degree in chemical engineering and held several positions involving the leadership of governments and as the staff of senior government officials. Communist Party, in which he would have learned art. of governance.


Brainwashed American writers and scholars describe China as a dictatorship, with its connotations of a leading dog who achieves it by attacking rivals. It was decades ago, in Stalin’s time

The reality is that the Communist Party (with 250 million members) would be the secular equivalent of religious orders, or even, dare I say it. The Templar Knights. You become a member if you dedicate your life – or at least declare it – to the principles of “order”. In the local Communist Party of which I was a member in my youth, I suppose it is to “Serve the People”. While there are of course bad apples in any basket, most Communists are imbued with a sense of having a mission in life to serve the people.

In the United States, and in other democratic systems like ours, parties are associations for the political benefit of their members, or to promote particular sets of political dogmas.

The leaders of the Communist Party become leaders after years of proving their dedication and ability, and thus are judged by their peers, hence its system of collective leadership from the lowest branch of the party to the highest organ , the Central Political Bureau.

Think tanks

I don’t know how widespread the practice is, but one procedure used by the Chinese Communist Party and its governance unit is to appoint an independent think tank to study a problem and then propose solutions to the entity in charge of this particular problem. . In this way, the solution is objective, free from both bias and political interest. The implementing agency then undertakes a pilot study to determine if it is working and to correct the problems. If the proposal works, it is implemented at full speed, no Senate Blue Ribbon Committee is opening an investigation into it.

In the democratic system, political parties and private interests all try to pursue what would be in their best interests, claiming that theirs are the most rational.

Major disasters through the centuries have led mankind to change, even if only gradually, their systems of government are not immutable but inventions.

After all, the primary duty of a state, at least in the age of humanity, is to provide the best life for the majority of its citizens, not to guarantee everyone all the freedom they desire. But what good is a government if it cannot prevent the deaths of hundreds of thousands of its citizens, or tens of millions of sick people? The Black Death of the 14th century weakened feudalism which led to democratic orders. World War II ended the era of monarchies, leading to constitutional republics. Perhaps this global pandemic will prompt us to think about the best types of governance we should aspire to.

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato despised democracy because it would lead to governing by demagogues (as is indeed the case in many cases) following the impulses of citizens for self-interest. The best form of government, he said, was that of a wise philosopher-king. Nowadays, I think it’s the Chinese Communist Party that fits that description, in the form of a collective philosopher king.

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