"We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." -Benjamin Franklin
Independence Day is not just America’s birthday. It is the anniversary for the modern era of democracy, which started the democratization process across the globe 229 years ago. The Fourth of July also marks the historic moment when America’s Founding Fathers decided ending the oppression of the British Monarch and fulfilling the human need for freedom was worth more than the risk of war and their deaths at the hands of their oppressors. When considering the myriad of conflicts and the growing number of people oppressed by their own governments today, it is important to remember freedom and a better life do not come cheap or easy.
Unfortunately, the steady breakdown of fledgling democratic institutions in Russia has culminated in the Ukraine Crisis. China’s rise as a global power has done more to empower its increasingly aggressive and oppressive government than the Chinese People, which has created a number of potential flash points for a massive global conflict. Meanwhile, Europe and the United States are plagued by the same economic woes that have left the Peoples of Africa and South American trapped in the oppression of deeply entrenched poverty. The Middle East is, of course, faced with utter chaos.
Uncertainty has a tendency of discouraging investment and driving away business. Where government failing to properly address national interests creates untold and long-term uncertainly, erratic governance is the greatest and most apparent source of uncertainty. Through China’s renewed effort to protect what it calls “national security interests,” which essentially means the West, its neighbors, and its own People, Beijing reveals it is scared and the irrational nature of this fear is certain to cause uncertainty and even greater security threats.
The passage of an ambiguous and sweeping national security law days before America’s 229th Birthday outlaws threats to China’s government, sovereignty, cyber interests, space interests, economy, national unity, and society. By framing national unity and characteristics of the Chinese society as national security concerns, the Chinese power elite have both declared war on individuality and undermined the legitimacy of its legal system in a counterproductive attempt to legitimize its own power.
The public debt Greece owes is not the problem fueling the Greek Debt Crisis. The real problem is that the Greek government does not collect enough revenue to pay its debt and cannot do so without financially crushing its People. What Greece lacks is an economy capable of providing for the needs of the Greek People.
The Greek economy has been sustained by debt that has fed its addiction to foreign capital and allowed it to neglect the need for increased domestic production to provide for local needs. In other words, Greece does not have a real economy, because it relies on global production and finances that reliance with debt. In many respects, the informal economy, which makes up 25% of the Greek economy, represents the real Greek economy as the services and goods of the informal economy would still be provided if the global and national economy collapsed.
There are times when you just need to step back and look at the bigger picture. Considering the Ukraine Crisis, South China Sea Crisis, the threat of globalized terrorism, growing poverty, civil unrest fueled unresponsive government, and a whole host of other issues, it is clear the International Community lacks vision and a commitment to the aspiration it once pursued. Frankly, the Countries and Peoples of the world seem to lack faith in global cooperation for the betterment of mankind.
Because the International Criminal Court (ICC) threatens to undermine US sovereignty and subjects Americans to foreign law, the United States does not subject itself to the ICC. Although South Africa does, South African President Jacob Zuma decided to override the ICC and give Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir, who is wanted by the ICC, immunity at the 2015 African Union summit. Choices to ignore the international interests in favor of African interests like this one demonstrate formal support of international efforts is done more out of convenience than conviction.
The governments of the world should engage in constructive cooperation instead of destructive competition to build healthier national economies. What the governments of the world should not do is engage in cooperation that forces the Peoples and businesses of the world to over compete against each other to their detriment.
With Senate Republicans awarding a President Obama "fast-track" authority to negotiate the Transpacific Partnership (TPP), Mr. Obama and his counterparts in the other 11 TPP countries need to keep this in mind as they negotiate this massive trade deal. They must also recognize more trade does not necessarily have to mean more free trade.
An economy exists solely to distribute a nation’s resources in the most efficient manner possible by encouraging efficient consumption, innovation, and the development of improved production. In other words, the economy exists to provide for the growing needs and wants of people.
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