The West – Standard For This World?

Is The West Standard For The Rest Of The World?


The West – Standard For The Rest Of World?



It is a matter of fact that we have a ruling elite that ignore, and excempted from short periods of time during upcoming elections, does not really pay much attention to voice and will of the people. There never was that much resentment or antipathy toward politicians as it is seen during the last few years.

Arrogant Ignorance

Let me begin with a few lines of an article, I found in The Law Journal UK<:

"Western Civilisation is experiencing a Pandemic — a Pandemic of the Arrogance of Political Leadership, no matter what country, or political ideology. This arrogance results in the disillusionment and disgust of the populations of these countries. This situation is very dangerous to civilisation, for there are too many precedents of the fall of societies simply because the populace no longer believed in them, or their value. Until the political classes realise they — and not others — are the problem, the malaise of society will continue."

At first – and to bring in just one example of many – let us look at China
(see article "One of the wishes that readers often express")

United States Secretaty of Foreign Affairs, Hillary Clinton, criticised in her speech on May 11, the human rights in China. But do we all Western Allies really comply to human rights?

Aside from this, a major part of Western politicians accuse China for the defiance of environmental pollution. But many Western industry nations are market leaders, producing automobiles. Their country authorities strive to do their utmost selling their cars to and in China. And, let's be honest, is there one automobile manufacturer who can claim to building cars which do not exhaust environmental pollution?

China's Premier Wen Jiabao repudiated critics who claim China is arrogant on climate change issues. He was not even invited to a key meeting for which he has been accused of skipping. Neither he, nor the Chinese delegation were invited to a Dec. 17 gathering of top leaders before the Copenhagen climate change summit, even though China was on the list of participating countries. Is it Western defense strategy against China's upcoming market presence?

Wen Jiabao's absence from the meeting and the Chinese delegation's attitude to the Copenhagen conference have being perceived as arrogance by Western countries. "Turning the table" politics?

European industrialism and advanced technology was the reason for imperial arrogance and affected snobbish superior attitudes.

It all began in 18th century in England. The industrial revolution, its innovations and ideologies quickly spread over to its colonies around the world. Soon it arrived the American colonies and the industrialism and technological innovations received this continent. Advanced weapons and war technologies enabled the North to defeat the South in the Civil War.The never ending search for resources and new markets, for cheap laborers to feed entrepreneurs and investors profit expectations, along with an arrogant belief in superiority and destination eliminated the Plains, destroyed the Indians and annihilated their native culture.

The new experiences with this conquests encouraged the new authorities to trigger off a war with Mexico and to take half of its territory. As sequel to these events the annexation of Alaska and the invasion of Hawaii was a next consequence.

»The West is trapped in his propaganda«

An article by Dr. Craig Roberts

One of the wishes that readers often express to me came true today (May 11). It was on the mainstream media. It was a program with a worldwide reach–the BBC World Service.

There were others on the program as well, and the topic was Hillary Clinton’s remarks (May 10) about the lack of democracy and human rights in China.

I startled the program’s host when I compared Hillary’s remarks to the pot calling the kettle black. I was somewhat taken aback myself by the British BBC program host’s rush to America’s defense and wondered about it as the program continued. Surely, he had heard about Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo detainees, CIA secret torture prisons sprinkled around the world, invasion and destruction of Iraq on the basis of lies and deceptions, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, Libya.

Surely, he was aware of Hillary’s hypocrisy as she demonized China but turned a blind eye to Israel, Mubarak, Bahrain and the Saudis.

China’s record is not perfect, but is it this bad? Why wasn’t the Chinese Minister for Foreign Affairs criticizing America’s human rights abuses and rigged elections? How come China minds its own business and we don’t?

These questions didn’t go down well.

None of the other interviewees or guests thought that Hilary had made a good decision, but even the Chinese guests were not free of the common mindset that frames every issue from the standpoint that the West is the standard by which the rest of the world is judged. By pointing out our own shortcomings, I was challenging that standard. The host and other guests could not escape from the restraints imposed on thought by the role of the West as world standard.

What has happened to the West is that it can see itself and others only through the eyes of its own propaganda.

There was a great deal of talk about China’s lack of democracy. As the BBC program was being broadcast, the news intruded that Greeks had again taken to the streets to protest the costs of the bailout of the banks and Wall Street — the rich — being imposed on ordinary people at the expense of their lives and aspirations. The Irish government announced that it was going to confiscate with a tax part of the Irish people’s pension accumulations.

It simply did not occur to the host and other guests that these are not democratic outcomes.

It is a strange form of democracy that produces political outcomes that reward the few and punish the many, despite the energetic protests of the many.

Political scientists understand that US electoral outcomes are determined by powerful monied interests that finance the political campaigns and that the bills Congress passes and the President signs are written by these interest groups to serve their narrow interests. Such conclusions are dismissed as cynicism and do not alter the mindset.

While the program’s host and guests were indulging in the West’s democratic and human rights superiority, the American Civil Liberties Union was sending out a bulletin urging its members to oppose legislation now before Congress that would give the current and future Presidents of the United States expanded war authority to use, on their own initiative, military force anywhere in the world independently of the restraints imposed by the US Constitution and international law.

In other words, in the great American “democracy,” the president is to become a Caesar.

source: Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, Global Research, 2011

About the author


I met them all - the good, the bad and the ugly. As a multi awarded marketing and management strategy consultant I worked for small, medium and global players, s.a. Apple, Ericsson. Siemens, Sun Micro Systems. Also Startup awarded, I guide startups to establish their move into commercial world and to get on track. Many awards from companies, government institutions and trusted world’s leading businesses advisors underline my profile and performance during the past more than 25 years. My principle: "panta rhei" (everything flows) - “there’s always a chance - catch it and change”

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2 Responses to The West – Standard For This World?

  1. Jetsin says:

    Uneblieavble how well-written and informative this was.

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