There Are No Democracies Or Autocracies, Only Governments

By Andrew Korybko, One World Global Think Tank

The division of the world into “democracies” and “autocracies” is an inaccurate reflection of reality. There are just governments, and each has elements of these two categories within them, albeit to differing extents depending on the particularities of the national model presently in practice.

US President Joe Biden told American service members late last month that “we’re in a battle between democracies and autocracies.” He also exploited his history of extensive personal contacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping to misportray himself as an authority on the Chinese leader’s global vision. Biden falsely claimed that President Xi “firmly believes that China, before the year ’30, ’35, is going to own America because autocracies can make quick decisions.” Although these were only very minor details in a much larger speech, they deserve closer examination because they reveal a lot about America’s contemporary geostrategic designs.

The country’s Democrat-led leadership is openly ideological and regards the world as being divided between “democracies and autocracies”, with the US and China leading each one respectively. The purpose in seeing it this way is to establish the ideological and structural basis for a New Cold War. It also serves as a pretext for the US to pressure countries that don’t surrender their sovereign interests to America’s on the false basis that they’re “autocracies” who thus presumably required (usually violent) US-backed “democracy”. In other words, it’s nothing more than rhetoric for disguising self-interested foreign policy objectives.

The reason why it’s such a ruse is because there really aren’t any such thing as clear-cut democracies or autocracies anymore, only governments. Theoretically speaking, democracy in its purest, most classical form doesn’t exist at the national level in any country. It’s impractical for citizens to have the chance to vote on each and every single decision taken by every level of their government, hence the need for what’s referred to as representative democracy. But even that system is flawed because there isn’t much that can be done prior to the next round of elections to hold politicians accountable if they lie to the people during their campaign.


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