Philosophy

Whole world deceived by 'democracy and rule of law' myth

PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 July, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 July, 2002, 12:00am

According to an article by Victoria Button (South China Morning Post, June 26), Margaret Ng has been receiving hate mail.


I, for one, would not send anonymous hate mail, but prefer to speak publicly on such matters.


I believe that Ms Ng has her head so deeply buried in Western law books that she fails to notice facts. The facts of today's world directly contradict the theories of those countries Ms Ng so deeply admires.


The whole world is being deceived by a myth named 'democracy and the rule of law'. Most South American countries and many others in Africa and Asia have been sucked into the myth of the 'American dream', only to find that their land and raw materials are being exploited by large foreign corporations, that they have ended up with huge debts owed to the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and that the poor have become poorer while their leaders have collaborated with foreign investors to enrich themselves.


Countries resisting this economic colonialism are demonised and their leaders put on the list for elimination by the US.


If Ms Ng will just read about the past 18 months under George W. Bush, she will find that he has broken most international agreements, that thousands of people are being detained in prison without charge or trial, and others held under inhuman conditions as prisoners of war.


The press is heavily controlled by corporations (which own the press), and by the State Department, the Pentagon and the White House. Is that the kind of rule of law Ms Ng wants here? It would be more useful if politicians here would concentrate on real problems such as unemployment, and be less obstructive with their mythical dreams about Western democracy, which was a fine ideal until it was hijacked and changed into a kind of modern feudalism and economic conquest after World War II.


True democracy grows from the people, develops at its own pace, and is not superimposed by foreign interference.


Ms Ng should work towards achieving our own home-grown democracy and not hanker after the American myth.


ELSIE TU


Kwun Tong