“Democracy” for Biden is anything that benefits the global elite

There is an exchange between Alice and a sneering Humpty Dumpty in Lewis Carroll’s closer look which reveals the relationship between power and language. “When I use a word,” says Humpty Dumpty, “it means exactly what I choose to mean – neither more nor less.”

“The question is,” Alice replies, “can you make words mean so many different things?”

“The question is,” concludes Humpty Dumpty, “who is to be master—that is all.”

In other words, power is the last word on semantics. Meaning is the dictate of the strong to the weak.

This Caroline framework is key to understanding President Biden’s address to the leaders of our “global village” at the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday — specifically, to understanding what the President meant when he spoke about democracy.

“It’s no secret that in the struggle between democracy and autocracy, the United States — and I as President — holds a vision for our world that is based on the values ​​of democracy,” President Biden said. “The United States is committed to defending and strengthening democracy at home and around the world. Because I believe that democracy remains humanity’s greatest tool to address the challenges of our time.”

The president contrasted democracies like the US with Russia, the main villain of his speech, which announced an escalation of its war effort in Ukraine just before the president rambled through his hodgepodge of talking points. Russia is a violator of international law, according to President Biden.

“I reject the use of force and war to conquer nations or expand borders through bloodshed,” Biden thundered.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 21: U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at the UN Headquarters on September 21, 2022 in New York City. During his speech, Biden condemned Russia for its invasion of Ukraine and discussed the United States’ investments in fighting climate change. After two years of holding the session virtually or in a hybrid format, 157 heads of state and government officials are expected to attend the General Assembly in person.
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That might be true; the US, squeamish about using force to bring about regime change, favors color revolutions, proxy wars, and “humanitarian intervention” with bombs and bullets, which because it is “humanitarian” is also democratic.

And therein lies the rub: “democracy” is all the elites of the US-led West do and want, and all they don’t do is “undemocratic.” Why? Because Humpty Dumpty says so.

Indeed, there was little invective in Biden’s speech about Russia that could not be applied with equal or more precise precision to the US and other countries that call themselves democracies. You won’t hear much about it in the mainstream, but the truth is that the US foreign policy establishment pushed the war in Ukraine because for years, as Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin acknowledged, it “wanted to see Russia’s weakening”.

And although Russia alone invaded Ukraine, it is not Russia alone that is destroying the lives of millions across Europe and the US, despite what the President has said; this is the result of a combination of factors, including the West’s sanctions regime and irresponsible energy policies.

Russia has not blocked US oil refining expansion, reduced US liquefied natural gas production and sold millions of barrels of oil from the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve – now at its lowest level since 1984 – to China. Biden is doing this, and the leaders of Western democracies are engaged in similarly psychotic policymaking.

Russia is not forcing American steel and aluminum mills to lay off hundreds of workers and sit idle. So did US politicians who mismanaged the American industrial complex.

Far from being a worthy enemy, Russia is a militarily inconspicuous regional power that has only recently recovered from its Cold War collapse and is now pitted against the global hegemon and his proxies – who demand that the citizens of the “world community” suffer so Russia pays for invasion of Ukraine.

The very phrase “the world community,” Huntington wrote Foreign Affairs“has become the euphemistic catchphrase (replacing ‘the free world’) to confer global legitimacy on actions that reflect the interests of the United States and other Western powers.” Or rather, the interests of the elites in those countries, which are merged with the common good.

Huntington understood that behind the display of international kumbaya and semantics was the iron hand of power. He cited the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as an example of the velvet glove: “Through the IMF and other international economic institutions, the West advances its economic interests and imposes on other nations the economic policies it deems appropriate.”

This is what the people who are responsible for the meaning of words call “democracy”.

Part of the reason why this particular form of democracy is so popular with the elites is that they benefit materially from what is essentially an international wealth and power transfer program. But if democracy and the fantastic “rules-based international order” are just the mask worn by the incumbent ruling class, then there is reason for hope. registered mail The AtlanticYascha Mounk and Roberto Stefan Foa warned that in some countries, including the United States, confidence in their responsibilities is reaching an important threshold: “The number of people who are dissatisfied with democracy is greater than the number of people who are content with it.”

While Biden may not be able to see it, I suspect the people who wrote his address to the United Nations sense how close the liberal world order’s humpty dumpty is to falling off the wall, and when that happens, they have all the king’s men won can’t reassemble it.

Pedro L. Gonzalez is Associate Editor of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own.

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