The video embedded below is the last in a three-part series on democracy made by China Daily, based on an interview with Friends of Socialist China co-editor Carlos Martinez. In this segment, Carlos talks about visiting both New York City and Beijing for the first time in 2019, and the stark contrast between the two cities. New York, in spite of being a major centre of wealth, contains terrible levels of poverty, inequality, homelessness and discrimination, and its infrastructure is collapsing. Beijing on the other hand is modern, efficient, clean and well-organised, and the fundamental human rights of all its citizens are guaranteed. What this small example reflects is the difference between Western democracy – a democracy for the elite – and Chinese socialist democracy, which works for the masses of the people.
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There is no question the USA is a ‘managed democracy’, i.e. a plutocracy of billionaire capitalists decide who will be president and pass laws to further enrich themselves. As Chomsky pointed out, in USA there is only one class, the business class, and it’s like a coin: heads they win, tails you lose. Heads and tails being the duopoly of democrat and republican parties which both slavishly pander to Wall St and the military industrial complex. Notice that regardless of who becomes president–be it Clinton, Bush, Trump, Obama etc. when it comes to foreign policy they are all exactly the same: war on behalf of Israel’s enemies in the middle east (and steal Iraq’s and Syria’s oil); war on Russia to destroy and rape this vast country of its natural resources; and the coming war with China to subjugate and rape it as well. The Straussians, aka neocons who dictate U.S. foreign policy are an extremist sect which will stop at nothing to crush any country which resists U.S. hegemony-
“The Straussians are a fanatical sect ready to do anything to maintain the supremacy of the United States over the world. They imagined the wars that have plagued the world for the past thirty years and the one in Ukraine today. ”
They need to be stopped.
The USA in 2022 is certainly a ” bourgeois democracy” that is now degenerated into extremist chaos, united only by a bipartisan but miniscule Wall Street-Pentagon ruling elite committed to aggressively maintain its self-proclaimed ” sole Superpower” status.