What is one way America is actually better than other countries?

https://www.quora.com/What-is-one-way-America-is-actually-better-than-other-countries/answer/Desmond-Last

America does not allow human rights, democracy and Justice to be intentionally subverted by authoritarianism. The protests in Hong Kong which are occurring as I write this are a classic example of the result of a system and ideology which will only continue to subdue the rights of the individual to the power of the State.

America is not perfect and is honest enough to understand that democracy is a dynamic which must be steered by the people and not the State.

China, Russia and other authoritarian states believe the People must have limits in their ability to participate in the dynamic of the State therefore they have static and/or regressive democracies.

However, dynamic democracies have to ensure that the State apparatus is inclusive and not exclusive. There is a direction within a dynamic democracy that pursues an exclusion as Governments struggle to understand that it must ensure it allows the underlying cohesive structure of the Nation State to maintain democracy.

The ‘Nation State’ upholds democracy as it gives the citizens the ability to identify with a proven set of values – to ignore those values leads to extremism as citizens resort to violence in order to maintain them.

China is the polar of the Nation State as it imposes not the collective history of China and its lessons but a Centralist idealism which seeks to suppress the dynamic of the present formed by the past. Russia too ignores the ‘fight for freedom’ and is becoming more like China in its inability to understand the progress of the individual in our World.

Authoritarian States do not see the individual as a dynamic who is becoming more educated and more aware of the World we live in with developing expectations for themselves and others. They perceive them to be static binaries to be counted and accounted for in an automated system of Centralism.

There is a systemic failure in democracy that it is possible to ‘hijack’ its administration and use it for a purpose alien to democracy – President Trump has been subjected to such attempts but appears to be able to identify and remove them. That is not possible in China or Russia unless of course the Heads of State are not aware of any such ‘hijack attempts’.

America wakes up and states ‘How can we each of us as individuals improve our lives?

China wakes and states ‘We will tell you how to improve your lives’

Both systems have system failures.

I can go to Los Angeles and speak to the homeless on the streets of ‘America should be ashamed of themselves’ and show them how to improve their lives. As homeless crisis worsens in L.A, the county leans on city officials to act

I can go to China and be impressed by China’s structural physical achievements but I am dismayed by China’s growing subversion of the right of the people to speak out. ‘One million’ march in Hong Kong to protest against China extradition law.

I prefer America.

What has become of our right to self-determination?

We have allowed our lives to be taken over by Government and Corporate. Governments have removed our right to act out our decisions and Corporate have shackled us to their strangulation of our economies.

Governments believe they own our World. That they alone have the right to make decisions and act them out. Even more perverted is their total lack of responsibility for anything that occurs in our World that is to our detriment.

They have also increased the ‘Evil’ in the World by allowing and in some cases ensuring that children die or war, poverty and child exploitation in its many forms.

Aleppo was a revelation to many of the way in which Governments abdicate responsibility. Day after day we witnessed children screaming in the conflict of pain and misery whilst the 3,000,000 men and women of the Armies of the United Nations sat in their barracks polishing their boots. The United Nations were impotent – yet they were founded in 1945 to ensure Aleppo would never happen. Our hypocritical Governments stand in rows of moral decline on Armistice day and make solemn ‘look at me’ speeches and then turn their backs on the Aleppo’s of the World. Yet another infringement of the memory of so many individual sacrifices that stand to remind us of what the empowered collective of individuals can achieve.

Climate change is now the cliff-edge of people’s decision. You either act or you die. It will be as simple as that. Already the Governments are showing their teeth – the mass of Climate Change protesters arrests in London are proof of that.The Paris 21 Agreement which was Obama’s ‘Custer’s Last Stand’ is nothing more than too little too late and a dollar bonanza for the endemic corruption that exists and thrives in International Politics.

By allowing our Governments to take over our lives we have stifled our own development and thus are sinking in a quagmire of selfish self-centered abstraction in a World where we no longer exist as the individual.

There is hope but as yet it is not even stirring as a dawn. Climate change will be end of central Government. Central Government will not be able to provide for all the Climate disasters that are yet to come. Many cannot cope now.

My own Country Australia will be the worst affected Continent by the ravages of Climate Change in the World – yet both the Government and Opposition are selfishly pathetic in their policies of Climate Change preparedness. Despite increasingly more harrowing bush fires the Military sit in their barracks whilst overworked volunteer fireman and women fight raging bushfires. The whole state of NSW is in drought and the agriculture industry is in rapid decline yet the Government does not drive renewable energy powered desalinated water inland.

We have lost the will to make the World a dynamic progressive community as an empowered collective of ambitious individuals. Instead we are smothered by the ever-growing bureaucracy of Government and selfish mediocre Politics. Even President Trump who has been a beacon of rebellion against the Establishment has become self-centred and petty worn down by the Corporate who have lead him by the nose to a daily hound of media strangulation from a ‘free press’ bought and sold a long time ago.

Corporate owns us. It shackles us to its cyber chains where who we are becomes their property – Facebook now rule the right of free speech whilst making money out of what we own.

Corporate is the cause of Climate Change along with its minions the Governments who pay homage to its political donations. There is no democracy – only for those who can buy it. Our votes each political term are only a hiccup in the Corporate road to total ownership of our Governments. Our lives as individual citizens are destroyed in total by corrupt local Council decisions, vested interest Central Government policies and a total and absolute lack of accountability and transparency at the International Government level. Do you think Brexit is the will of the People? Think again it is an engineered gift to the European dream of a centralised state and a salve to Corporate Europe.

Government and Corporate are the World. We are mere slaves to its wishes. Yet, as I have said Climate Change will see the end of Central Government. What New World Order emerges will be up to the young people of this World. Those that survive its total destruction of the existing World Order will have the ability to create a New World Order – provided of course that a new more dacorian Order does not emerge.

The fear of Government also prevents us from seeking change to the existing World Order. To confront a Government you must be prepared to be destroyed. For that you must be able to hold to your Principal and Integrity – which for many has been sold to the consumer machine of Corporate. A Government under siege will do anything to remain in Power and many know that, which is why the Individual has become so self-centred – as a protection not as a need.

The question seeks the need for self-determination. In order to regain the ownership of ourselves we must become self-determining individuals again. ‘Do it not watch it’ should be our motto.

These are my views on the violence used by the Spanish Government on the Catalan referendum voters.

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This is taken from my answer to a Question on Quora regarding Catalonia.

The disgusting violent and illegal actions of both the Spanish Police and Government are a reaction to People’s democracy that the People of the European Union should be very concerned about.

The cowardly and self-interested reactions of the E.U and its member state Governments is a display of such unbelievable arrogance and deliberate ignorance of human rights that it should act as a warning to all people of the E.U.

We have just witnessed the true face of the E.U. Governments and Presidents. When faced with a decison that requires the E.U to uphold the rights of the People or force the self-interest of the E.U Super State onto E.U Citizens the E.U will subjugate the people rights.

Democracy is the will of the People for the people and by the People. It is not for a European Super State and the Spanish Government to ignore and act illegally against.

The European Convention of Human Rights is clear explicit and a legal requirement of both the E.U and its Member States to enforce.

“Article 10 states Freedom of expression. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers.”

http://www.echr.coe.int/Document…

As one whose freedom of expression has been suppressed by both the U.K and Australian Government and the E.U who I will be taking to Court, it is a freedom I am very careful to protect.

Both the E.U and the Spanish Government must be taken to Court for what is a clear breach of Human Rights Laws. Any Police who used violence in what was a Peaceful assembly must face criminal charges. The People of Spain should seek the immediate resignation of the Spanish Prime Minister.

We must support the People of Catalonia. If we continue to allow our arrogant and dictatorial Governments to suppress our right to decide the democracy of our own lives then what little human rights we have left will be taken away.

What is a happy day for you?

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My answer to this Question on Quora

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A Happy Day for me is a Day that a Government somewhere in the World is made to listen to the People. We have the most arrogant, corrupt, ineffective and intellectually challenged Governments in the history of the World.

They are so arrogant they believe they can ignore the voice and will of the People.

They are corrupt in allowing third party Government so that they do not have to take responsibility for anything.

They are so ineffective that they did nothing as 300,000 Syrians were brutally killed.

They are so intellectually challenged they gave us Climate Change and do not know how to remedy the damage they have caused.

The Governments of the U.N Security Council have done nothing for the dispossessed in Burma.

The Governments of the E.U have done nothing to stop the Spanish Government blocking freedom of expression in Catalonia.

I am happy whenever Governments have to listen to the People and act on their will – which is not very often.

The sight of Theresa May, who is the most arrogant Prime Minister the U.K has ever had, backing down almost daily makes my day. So too do the People of Catalonia standing up to a Spanish Government who has illegally tried to suppress their rights.