“Your Democracy, My Democracy”.
While both human rights, and universal suffrage serve as minimal guarantees for safeguarding ‘Human Rights’, those are not the recipes for building democracies. Using those as building blocks for governance is not adequate and enough. Equating human rights to democracy is not sufficient and enough, the West has been vindicated while imposing its set of value and political system.
Recent US election is a clear reflection of inadequacies of those democratic processes. Brexit is an example of that ineptitude where a majority, deprived from the benefits from an evolved mature political system, chose to secede from European Union that was in formative stages.
Event the mature democracies are showing cracks. Just imaging Brexit, where a majority, composed of the the deprived, chooses to select a leader or define the destiny of a Union. This is short of mob lynching, where justice is inflicted (not served) by pelting stones. How can a mob lynching be cited rational?
Are these founders mutation? While we are still experimenting with our own democratic concepts of political framework, we definitely cannot impose that as a Gold Standard and a Standard bearer of political norms. West has been vindicated in imposing its set of value and political system. Iraq and Syria are stark examples of such failure. What ignites the safeguarding of human right, ultimately turns into a flagrant and blatant erosion and destruction of existent political system and a total collapse eventually creating a political vacuum. Such vacuum are later occupied by the radical forces that leads to bonfire of those same values for which this struggle eschewed.
Iraq – as we all know was a classic example. Saddam Hussein was eliminated and the west strived to install a democratic system that never flourished. Iraq descended into chaos and nearly 200,000 people died in the ensuing conflicts. Iraq and Syria are stark examples of failed state, violence is rife and citizens suffer the ignominy from the denuded human values, which were at the least guaranteed before these invasions.
I consider all these – from US, Brexit, Iraq, Syria etc. as founder mutations of our democratic system of Governance. Well, to those uninitiated with Founder Mutations, these are the mutations that are accrued and passed on to the next generation. Selected clones of mutated cells with genetics aberrations, that bear the disease, get carried through the lineage. Several diseases have an origin with such founder mutations, Breast Cancer from BRCA or Iron loading diseases are examples.
Visit Link on Scientific American for More on Founder’s Mutation. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/founder-mutations-2006-06/