Saturday, July 06, 2019

The hypocritic bankruptcy of neoliberalism

Who do the British neoliberals think they are fooling when they hypocritically condemn China for insufficiently respecting democracy in Hong Kong?
The UK has been accused of brazen hypocrisy after raising concerns about the state of democracy and human rights in Hong Kong, a former British colony once ruled by unelected colonial governors. Beijing denounced British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt as “shameless,” after Hunt declared that the UK would “stand behind the people of Hong Kong in defense of [their] freedoms” amid protests over a controversial extradition law with China.

The British haven’t always been so concerned about “protecting democracy” in Hong Kong, however. Before the city was handed over to China in 1997, Hong Kong was a British colony and administered by an unelected, and always British, governor.

The glaring double-standard is clearly hypocritical, former US diplomat Jim Jatras told RT.

I’m sad to say that not only the British but the American and most other Western governments – ‘hypocrisy’ should be part of the official title of how they conduct their affairs, how they deal with human rights issues at home, and then how they will use any pretext to support things like color revolutions.
The British are currently ruled by the unelected European Commission and they never allowed elections in Hong Kong while they ruled it. Why on Earth should China, or anyone else, pay any attention to their pious virtue-signaling now?

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Blogger Jonathon Davies July 06, 2019 9:29 AM  

Super cuck Jeremy Hunt (we pronounce his surname with a c) is grandstanding because he wants to win the Tory leadership contest, to become the next Prime Minister. Therefore, it's talk tough on China. Most people know we can't do a damn thing to China, regarding Hong Kong or much else. Unsurprisingly, Hunt is a remainer and EU lover. He would be quite happy to disregard the result of the referendum.

Blogger JAG July 06, 2019 9:39 AM  

A case could be made that China treats its own citizens less oppressively than the British treat their posterity citizens.


Blogger Mark Stoval July 06, 2019 9:40 AM  

This post reminds me of two things at least.

1) No one seems to be able to mind their own business anymore. The West seems to be full of sanctimonious busybodies.

2) Democracy is the worst form of government. Look what it has done to the USA.

Blogger Jack Ward July 06, 2019 9:59 AM  

@3 Mark
To differ, a bit. Democracy is just fine. Long as it's not redefined to an extreme to satisfy the ambitions of those that only want to illegally profit from changing it. Those are the ones that need hanging if you can find enough lamp posts.

Blogger Borsabil July 06, 2019 10:13 AM  

Representative democracy is a busted flush. Why should I be governed by laws imposed on me by the majority of borderline retards and imported foreigners? Short of the franchise being confined to white, property owning men I'd much rather be living in a dictatorship guided by Christianity.

Blogger The Observer July 06, 2019 10:18 AM  

My friends in HK are telling me that the protestors are being paid by NGOs.

Blogger SciVo July 06, 2019 10:22 AM  

Normally, it would be infuriating to have such a mediocre, incompetent, and foolish ruling class. But they're so corrupt and depraved that it's actually kind of a relief that they aren't even half as smart as they think they are.

Blogger Stg58/Animal Mother July 06, 2019 10:24 AM  

It is quite rich for the British Government to be lecturing anyone on anything.

Blogger The Masked Menace July 06, 2019 10:27 AM  

Oh my. Did I miss something? Didn't Brexit receive a majority vote?

Blogger Primus Pilus July 06, 2019 10:50 AM  

The meme that "democracy" carries any inherent moral virtue, as opposed to being just one of many different systems of governance, is one of the most pernicious memes to have pervaded the West.

The baseless assumption that "Democracy = Moral" leads to the fallacy that "More Democracy = More Moral", which leads inevitably to the disaster that is Universal Franchise Democracy.

Blogger Unknown July 06, 2019 10:52 AM  

This is rich coming from a group of people who won't even respect the will of their own people. Liberal Democracy continues to demonstrate itself to be an utter failure.

Blogger Fozzy Bear July 06, 2019 10:53 AM  

Vox, you have it backward. The beauty of constitutional monarchy, is you get all the benefits of monarchy in terms of peace, freedom, and stability, without the drawbacks of actually being ruled by a monarch. Hong Kong had it even even better, as they didn’t even have a parliament to tyrannize them. Being “ruled” by a governor bound by common law precedent is the best form of government this side of heaven - no doubt why they were the freest and richest British subjects on earth before the handover.

Blogger Azimus July 06, 2019 11:01 AM  

I dunno. If the comment does anything to cause the Chicom Empire trouble, I'm all for it.

Blogger Azimus July 06, 2019 11:04 AM  

Fozzy Bear:
VD...don't you see...Constitutional Monarchy is best

Wheeler, is that you?

Blogger Fozzy Bear July 06, 2019 11:10 AM  

I don’t know who Wheeler is, but I voted No to a republic in 1999 and made the correct choice. The US made an objectively stupid choice, since Philadelphia would now be capital of the Empire if they hadn’t had that pesky revolution.

Blogger Dave July 06, 2019 11:11 AM  

Fozzy Bear completely misses the point of Vox's post.

Blogger Seeingsights July 06, 2019 11:16 AM  

This might be heresy around here, but I'm not big on "democracy". As pointed out, Hong Kong was under the rule of an unelected British governor.
But that rule was called "benign neglect". It let the people go about their lives.
Hong Kong, without "democracy", became one of the most prosperous places on Earth.

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 06, 2019 11:16 AM  

@14, I don't think that's Wheeler, because he didn't insist on a Roman monarch.

The government that governs least governs pretty well, and the Hong Kong government didn't bother to do more than maintain civil order, with an absolute minimum of effort. Chinese businessmen, ruled by disinterested Brits who ensured fair play.

It doesn't matter what the form of government is, it only matters that the government not do evil. That pretty much requires that the government be unable to do anything. A constitutional monarchy which follows the British common law isn't going to do much.

Blogger binks webelf July 06, 2019 11:20 AM  

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Blogger Cloudbuster July 06, 2019 11:27 AM  

There is a modern Western blind spot that routinely identifies "democracy" with "freedom" in many peoples' minds. One has very little to do with the other. Defending "freedom" doesn't necessarily have anything to do with defending "democracy."

Blogger Dirk Manly July 06, 2019 11:55 AM  

True form: Monarchy -- Monarch governs for the good of the nation.
Counterfeit: Tyranny -- Tyrant governs for the good of himself

True form: Oligarch -- a small group governs for the good of the nation.
Counterfeit: Cabal -- a small group governs for the benefit of the rich at everyone else's expense

True form: Republic -- Representatives govern for the good of the nation
Counterfeit: Democracy -- the poor rule as a mob to steal everything owned by those above them. (see -- every communist revolution, ever)

Blogger Ominous Cowherd July 06, 2019 11:59 AM  

@21 Dirk, Democracy rapidly becomes Cabal, which is why small groups always push for democracy.

Blogger SullyRob July 06, 2019 12:12 PM  

You realize this article is committing a gigantic Logical fallacy here right?

Blogger Steve Samson July 06, 2019 12:53 PM  

I just hope his hypocrisy loicence is up to date...

Blogger Hari Seldon July 06, 2019 1:10 PM  

I think Britain is justified in voicing its displeasure over the way the world's third most important financial center is being gradually enslaved by the Communist Party of China.

Britain, after all, was the other party to the 1984 treaty in which China promised not to do what it is currently doing. Should Britain just forget about that?

And if China's trampling on its international obligations can be used as a rhetorical stick to beat the CPC with, so much the better.

Blogger VD July 06, 2019 1:49 PM  

I think Britain is justified in voicing its displeasure over the way the world's third most important financial center is being gradually enslaved by the Communist Party of China.

Why? They didn't hesitate to hand over the most important one to the EU.

Blogger Hari Seldon July 06, 2019 2:30 PM  

VD wrote:Why? They didn't hesitate to hand over the most important one to the EU.

Fair point!

Blogger Wazdakka July 06, 2019 6:57 PM  

Britain becomes more of an embarrassment on the world stage every day. The vast majority of chinese are perfectly happy under party rule. Even those willing to talk about the Tienamin square incident view it as a regrettable necessity, "look what happened to Russia" they say.
Ask the man in Bradford about his government, "we aven't got enough lamppost's for em" he says.
Clown world indeed

Blogger weka July 06, 2019 9:25 PM  

Until Whitehall betrays you

Blogger rumpole5 July 07, 2019 6:50 AM  

If democracy were such a wonderful system then there would be more historical success stories for that type of government. There aren't. The beauty of our republican system is the manner in which the founders divided up the power in our republic. Think about it. In any particular location there is the municipal, county, state, and federal government. Each redundantly excercising power, and each with the ability to check the power, and expose corruption in the other redundant governmental structure. Likewise there is a big constitutional division of power between the states and the Federal goverments, and between the constitutional branches in each of those governments. Likewise, the senate and electoral college gives the smaller states a check over the larger states. Even in colonial times the founders realized that allowing big cities, loaded with foreigners and strangers, to dominate our government, was a really bad idea.
The problem with democracy is that 50% of the population is of below average intelligence. Add a few persuasive rascals of high intelligence to that 50% and you've got a majority.

Blogger Unknown July 07, 2019 3:24 PM  

Amazing that the Jews MURDERED Christ and there are still "Christians" who twist scripture into exegetical pretzels to defend Jewishness as having anything to do with Christianity.

Murdering someone sort of breaks any covenant you had with him, I would think. At the very least, it bespeaks a certain uncooperative attitude.

Judeo-Christian? How about this one: Oswald-Kennedyian? Or Booth-Lincolnian? If you don't like those examples, there are others.

Blogger HB 3 July 09, 2019 12:16 AM  

As an expat living in Hong Kong for 12+ years, I can tell you that a growing number of citizens here (perhaps 25-40%) wish that they could go back to being a British colony rather than remaining under China's thumb.

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