The US has of course had issues with human rights and hypocrisy/and worse in foreign policy. But we still tried to point to our government as the model, saying ‘it works’. We are now trying to prove it does not work...and autocracies are using this to say their way is better
This is important. We elect a government that literally says government can’t work & who get paid to make sure it doesn’t. This is not unnoticed elsewhere. Or here. Democracy works if people work to make it work. We are in a spiral of proud dumb & the consequences are enormous
All China has to do is point to what we call governance or long-term planning in the US. We pass two week funding resolutions for our entire government. And barely can do that. We are making autocracy look better by making democracy look so bad. We don’t have to be this way
Democracy is not a law of nature. It requires consensus, vision, common purpose, compassion. All the things we mock now. Once autocracy settled in, it’s insanely difficult to reverse. Look at how hard egypt has tried to get rid of their rulers. Look everywhere. Then look here now
We are a society that says PROUDLY that the best way to reform abysmal governance is to shoot it. To overthrow ourselves. To do anything, anything, other than govern in a democracy.
Anyway, the best way to ‘counter’ the ‘rise’ of China is to stop our own deliberate fall. Maybe start there.

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