Friday, May 9, 2008

Ever Wonder Why We Can't End World Hunger?

After all, we are the richest nation in the world. What's the hang-up? Certainly our failure is not from a lack of trying. It usually goes down like in this story about the Myanmar tragedy:

Myanmar's junta seized U.N. aid shipments Friday meant for a multitude of hungry and homeless survivors of last week's devastating cyclone, forcing the world body to suspend further help.

The aid included 38 tons of high-energy biscuits and arrived in Myanmar on Friday on two flights from Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates.

"All of the food aid and equipment that we managed to get in has been confiscated," U.N. World Food Program spokesman Risley said.

So much for the multicultural drivel that "all cultures are equally good." It turns out that representative democracy based on a strong Judeo-Christian base is really the best way to go. The sooner we admit this, the better off the world will be. Remember when Great Britain owned half the world? For all its faults and abuses of power, the British ran a tight ship--firmly rooted in traditional Western culture. Since the end of colonialism, many former colonies in the third world have been ravaged by despot after despot, war after war, starvation, misery and chaos.

The U.S. model for intervention (on display in Afghanistan and Iraq) is to clear the way for democratic elections and then get out of the way, letting the magic of democracy do its thing. Sounds good, right? For a long time I thought so, too. However, democracy by itself might not be enough. What stops the countries from electing scoundrels or radical Islamic terrorists or cruel military dictators? Not much. It may be that democracy (or representative republican) government might not work well without all the politically incorrect Judeo-Christian underpinnings. In our haste to validate foreign culture as "just as good as ours--or better" we enable culturally deficient populations to continue down the path of pain and suffering.

Our system works the best because it sees humans for what they are: created by God, but fallen and desperately wicked. All humans have worth and inalienable rights from God which cannot be lawfully abridged. Traditional Western culture realizes that this world will never be perfect; rather, free citizens must be permitted to carry out their lives as they see fit, within the smallest number of laws possible. Any system or culture that believes in the possibility of perfection always leads to the conclusion that one supreme leader or group of elites, if smart enough, will be able to create heaven on earth (assuming the culture doesn't simply support such dictators by fiat). This is the arch-enemy of freedom, and it will ever seek to place "lesser" men in shackles.

1 comment:

Stephen said...

Well said.

The problem with any human government--including democracy--is the pervasive tendency to stray from Judeo-Christian values. It happened to Israel. It happened to Europe. It happened to Great Britain. Now, it's happening to America.

Combine the trend of secularization with the trend of globalization, and the inevitable result appears to be a form of global social democracy, not unlike that of the European Union.