Democracy Aid '04 Campaign (01 Jul 2004)
American friends have long argued that if you want to change the world – start with the imperial center. Yes, there are worse regimes, but it is the U.S. that has the potential to make a real difference globally. Want to affect the situation in Israel? Go to Washington. Congo? Washington. This is something that I have always been ambivalent about. Perhaps it is realpolitik for the U.S. to dismiss the rest of the world in the short run, but where does this leave us non-Americans?
If the democratic institutions of the 19th and 20th century aren't capable of sustaining democracy in the 21st , how can they be modified so they do? What does it really mean to be a citizen in an interconnected world? Is it only possible to act like a world citizen in relation to multinationals and global organizations? These are some of the questions addressed by the Democracy Aid '04 web campaign.
Article URL: http://journal.planetwork.net/article.php?lab=klein0704
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