25 January 2007
A blueprint for the new imperialism
In an interview in today's Independent, the former leader of the Liberal-Democrats, Lord Ashdown - better known as Paddy Pantsdown - says that the way to deal with uppity natives is to establish ". . .the rule of law. It is not elections, I'm afraid. If you have elections before you establish the rule of law then all you do is elect the criminals who ran the war." He went on to argue that: "It is necessary to have something close to martial law at the beginning; if not, you lose control." All this is needed so that "economic reform" can take place.
Translated into simple English, Ashdown is putting forward a blueprint for capitalist exploitation in the new century. Take the country, open it up to rapacious western business, and only then allow the natives to vote.
This ties in rather nicely with a Neil Clark essay which argues that "Henry Ford democracy" is the name of the game: let to people vote so long as they vote for parties that the west approves of. If they don't, then hit them with sanctions.