To be perfectly blunt, I haven't seen where any of the so-called "Western Democracies" have behaved in any manner so exemplary that they are now in a position to honestly point fingers at anyone other than themselves.
From my perspective, the entire "grand experiment" that began with the European Enlightenment and arguably culminated with the creation of the United States, which was AFAIK the first nation that was consciously designed to be a society that derived the authority for its very existence from the will of its people alone.
It was a beautiful and lofty idea.
Unfortunately, all the old demons from our past: the will to power; greed; provincialism; superstition; ignorance; hatred; cruelty...the list is long, weren't abolished just because some individuals began to look up from what was directly in front of them and try get us to elevate our awareness, as a species, up a notch or two.
I think it's still too soon to say that this experiment has definitely and conclusively failed. But it's certainly at a crisis point. One where decisions are going to need to be made - and painful lessons learned -if it is going to continue.
I'd like to think the widespread loathing and anger many are feeling towards our key social institutions (i.e. state, church, business, family) over their absolute betrayal of principle, and the people they are supposed to serve, is the start of a large scale social 'correction.' One that is going to play out primarily in North America and Europe. But whose ramifications are going to be felt globally.
Time will tell if it is a rebirth or not.
There is (supposedly) an old Chinese curse that goes: May you live in historically "interesting" times.
Well...we do. And I intend to make the most
I plan on making a career out of being a royal pain in the ass.