Mr Democracy

A written constitution for the UK (made in China)

  • Welcome to Mr Democracy, the story of a British artist who set off to get a written constitution for the UK made.
    Understanding the changing balance of power in the world, and with a nod to Britain’s ‘democratic’ ventures across the world, he chose to get it written in China, and ship it back to the UK.
    Read more under 'about' and in the many blog entries.

China is not an evil empire

Posted by mrdemocracy on 10,05,2008

I’ve just been reading Georg Blume’s China ist kein Reich des Bösen: Trotz Tibet, Muss Berlin auf Peking setzen, which I would translate as China is not an evil empire: Why Berlin, despite Tibet, has to engage with Beijing. Blume is a German journalist who has been working in China for many years, and the views expressed in the book are really interesting. His basic point is to accept much of the criticism of China, but he is frustrated with the monologue of western media towards China: Tibet/human rights. His book really made me see how one sided my views had been and that I have repeated cliches too, and what kind of problems that gives rise to. He explains something of why so much of the chinese population is fairly happy with the job Beijing is doing, especially considering the huge task they have before them, mentioning some of the superlatives involved, such as the rural to urban migration, claimed to be the biggest migration in human history. Meanwhile many Chinese, both government and the general public, start to see this criticism as fear mongering, and I started to understand the diversion of attention that this criticism is. If western leaders such as Bush criticise China for human rights abuses, this implies that the west protects human rights. This is simply not the case if you look at American foriegn policy since world two, where America and the west have time and time again supported dictatorial regimes, and while their human rights record is if anything getting worse: think Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay, PATRIOT ACT. While we’re on the subject, you should also see Taxi to the Dark Side (please excuse the first minute – nothing to do with me!)
and Convoy of Death, both films about atrocoties in Afghanistan. Both have been shown on mainstream TV in the UK, yet still relatively unknown.


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