Sunday, May 13, 2007


Several days back, I received an mail from my old best friend (Anggia) about a short documentary film in Globalism. Actually, I've know all these issues since I was a under graduate student, but there is something new here.... Everything is showed for people that grows up in the CAPITALISM spirit and environment in their perspective also.
How companies (e.g., FORD, General Motors) have enormous power.. even greater than Denmark or South Africa which are not categorized as 3rd World Countries.
The most "great" (I don't know it is amusing or embarrassing) thing is the film uses INDONESIA as the case.

I do believe about DEMOCRACY as one of the best way to the prosperity, but again it is not the only ONE. Recently, The west world advertises that being a democratic society is the only way to get prosperity. The liberation (personally, I aint totally agree with this term) of Iraq and Afghanistan are some examples to make some countries being democratic one.
I think.. we can't say what is the best thing for others, let them to decide which one is the most fit for them. We can give an example how democracy work and motivate them to do the same, and not more than that.
Democracy, Globalism, Emancipation, Freewill are one package that become "big-password" for a better society.
Do you agree with this?
Personally, I agree ... but those definitions are not the same with the ones in western countries.
We (Indonesians) have different values therefore we need to adapt those notions to our context.

Globalism can be seen Socialism among the rich and Capitalism among the poor (as the film said).
The rich more and more gets more money, and the poor more and more gets more debt. I don't oppose the idea of global-economy, but I don't like if the producers (labors) suffers and the owners lives in richness.
The world should be fair......

Please, God help us.. to solve this circle.. :(
May God always be with us

1 comment:

Antonio said...

In general, I agree with your view. For me, the key is FREEDOM, not democracy.
By freedom I mean the ability for people to decide without any external factor affecting that decision. So, I don't share the idea of just "let them decide".
I must clarify that letting people decide is not enough, because people are highly vulnerable to manipulation. This is especially true for children and young people. It is so easy to hardcode ideas in their brains that the most important goal in order to free a society should be to control education in order to avoid that
the children and youngsters receive a distorted view of the reality. This may seem impossible, and in fact, it is if we consider that there is always an influence from the teacher to the student. But good success indicators are the facts that not all people have the same opinion, that they can openly express any opinion without fear and that they do so respectfully.
Unfortunately, this is rare in some of the places that we talk about. I know it because it is also the case in Spain. If you live in the Basque country (and sometimes also in Catalonia) your education (and I don't refer to school only) is not as free as it should and children grow up in environments where one opinion, if not forbidden, is not accepted.
So going back to your text, I like the idea of the full package, but I would add more to it. Finally a remark that is valid for the "liberation" as well as for "the rich and the poor" discussions. The question is not always YES or NO. The real important question is HOW.