The Flaws of Democracy and Humanitarianism – Part 6/7

December 16, 2010

Left Coast Voices posted a piece about Liu Xiabo, a leader of the Chinese democracy movement, who won the latest Nobel Peace Prize. My response turned into a seven part series.

Another flaw behind this concept of Christian dominated, Western Humanitarianism and democracy led to the 2008 global financial crises which left a few individual Wall Street bankers very rich while causing about 64 trillion US dollars in global loses leading to tens of millions of vanished jobs and much suffering for people around the world.

In China, the West’s concept of Humanitarianism will not work well, since the safety, stability and harmony of the group is more important than the individual—the opposite of Western style Humanitarianism as advocated by the Nobel Peace Prize committee and Liu Xiabo.

For example, those US bankers that brought down the global economy in 2008 are still free to cause more global economic havoc while growing larger personal fortunes.

In China, the men that caused the 2008 financial crises would have been executed or locked up for life for the financial loses and suffering that was caused by unbridled individual greed. Many of the employees that worked for these men may have also earned prison sentences.

If you want to learn who those men were, I recommend visiting the Website for Inside Job, a documentary of the global financial crises.

Return to The Flaws of Democracy and Humanitarianism – Part 5

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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The Flaws of Democracy and Humanitarianism – Part 5/7

December 15, 2010

Left Coast Voices posted a piece about Liu Xiabo, a leader of the Chinese democracy movement, who won the latest Nobel Peace Prize. My response turned into a seven part series.

In this segment, I will write about the self-esteem movement in America and make the connection that Western style democracy and Humanitarianism are not right for cultures such as China.

The self-esteem movement in the US had its start in the 18th century and as a cancer grew from there to the epidemic that now threatens the foundations of the United States.

The self-esteem movement makes sure that children hear only positive praise and that before turning 18, that the facade of success and getting good grades (not necessarily earning those grades) in school are guaranteed.

In the last few decades, this leg of Western style democratic humanitarianism has put much pressure on teachers to deliver the impossible.

However, in China, students must earn school grades through hard work (there are no gifts to help one feel good) and the competition is fierce while failure is crushing, which explains the high suicide rate in “all” of Asia (where the self-esteem movement in the US did not take root) and not just China.

Most US children have been told that if he or she can dream it, he or she will achieve that dream as if every child can become the next Tiger Woods, Bill Gates, a super star of some kind, or a future president of the US.

Then those American children with high false self-esteem turn 18 and reality bites, which may explain the high incidence of drug and alcohol use in the US.

Then there is Frankenstein of Humanitarianism — armed nation building where Western democracies are willing to start wars to create nations that will support the West’s concept of Humanitarianism. This mutated arm of Humanitarianism led to the Iraq and Afghan wars.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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The Flaws of Democracy and Humanitarianism – Part 1/7

December 13, 2010

A Western activist Blog, Left Coast Voices, posted a piece about Liu Xiabo, a leader of the Chinese democracy movement, who won the latest Nobel Peace Prize.

The host of this Blog, Alon Shalev, has an impressive resume in activism. Shalev campaigned for the anti-apartheid movement, the release of Jews from the Soviet Union and the burgeoning green movement.

Today, he is the Executive Director of the San Francisco Hillel Foundation—an eighty year old nonprofit.

Hillel helps students find a balance in being distinctively Jewish and universally human by encouraging them to pursue tzedek (social justice), tikkun olam (repairing the world) and Jewish learning, and to support Israel and global Jewish peoplehood.

Similar to Hillel’s goals, Shalev’s novels highlight social injustices and individual empowerment.

I’ve read Shalev’s The Accidental Activist, and I cheered for his heroes to beat the evil oil conglomerate. Since I don’t want to spoil the story, I won’t say what happens.

Incidentally, The Accidental Activist is based loosely on a real court case that took place in England.

In his Left Coast Voices post about Liu Xiabo, Shalev says, “I have news for you, Chinese Communist Party: freedom is addictive, and it ain’t that bad.”

I agree that freedom “ain’t that bad”, but the Chinese (contrary to public opinion in the West) enjoy many of the same freedoms people in the West enjoy with a few exceptions, which I will deal with in part 7.

This, of course, is Shalev’s response to China locking up Liu Xiabo for 11 years.

Discover what really happened at the “so-called democracy” movement that did not take place at the Tiananmen Square Incident in 1989.

In fact, there was no popular, organized democracy movement in China and there never has been. Only a few thousand people in today’s China, such as Liu Xiabo, want to import the Noble Peace Prize, Christian influenced, Western Humanitarianism style of democracy to China.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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Bullying China over North Korea is a Mistake

December 5, 2010

I keep reading in the Western media and on the Internet that China is the bad boy for not taming North Korea even as WikiLeaks shows that China doesn’t have that much influence over the Hermit Kingdom.

One example comes from Jack Kim, a reporter in Seoul working for Reuters, who writes, “China, pushed again by Washington to bring North Korea to heel after last week’s artillery attack on the South, told Pyongyang their relationship had withstood international ‘tempests’.”

If everything we hear about the Hermit Kingdom is true, I must admit this is one country I wouldn’t want to visit.

However, why is China being bullied by the West to tame a beast it cannot control?

The answer is “Humanitarianism”, a concept born among the West’s democracies.

Remaking the World by Michael Barnett says, “Religious beliefs and organizations, most notably those influenced by Christian theology and ethics, helped to create modern humanitarianism in the early nineteenth century and have shaped its expanding scale, scope, and significance ever since.”

At Helium.com, I learned that “Humanitarianism” is the belief that the person was the most important aspect of society, and that it was important to value the individual over the group.

However, in Asia, especially China and North Korea, the group is valued above the individual. After all, China and North Korea along with other Asian nations are collective cultures.

This means that the West’s concept of “Humanitarianism” may not work in most of Asia.

Here’s what a definition for “Humanitarianism” in Asia might say—The belief that the group is the most important aspect of society and that it is important to value the group over the individual.

It this definition is correct, it would explain the death sentence rate in China and harsh punishments for individuals that threaten “Collective Humanitarianism”.

In fact, the real risk to the survival of humanity may be when Westerners take their beliefs to the extreme resulting in “Armed Humanitarianism”.

Top Feed News says, “Armed Humanitarians (by Nathan Hodge) traces how the concepts of nation-building came into vogue, and how, evangelized through think tanks, government seminars, and the press, this new doctrine took root inside the Pentagon and the State Department. Following this extraordinary experiment in armed social work as it plays out from Afghanistan and Iraq to Africa and Haiti…”

The Huffington Post says, “Nathan Hodge is no neophyte on security issues. He has reported from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, and a number of other countries in the Middle East and former Soviet Union. For years he blogged on Wired magazine’s well known Danger Room blog and now reports on the defense industry for the Wall Street Journal.”

What happens if the West influences China to leave Confucian collectivism behind and to embrace the West’s humanitarian beliefs as flawed as they may have become?

Maybe an individualist, humanitarian China would become America’s partner in “Armed Humanitarianism” and divide the globe into a pie chart eventually leading to a third world war between China and the US to see who eats the whole pie.

Then hundreds of millions will die and the earth’s environment would be devastated to protect the rights of the individual.

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Lloyd Lofthouse is the award-winning author of the concubine saga, My Splendid Concubine & Our Hart. When you love a Chinese woman, you marry her family and culture too.

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