A brief response to President Obama’s address to the United Nations General Assembly 2015.
While President Obama pointed to several issues that hamper humanity’s common goal of a peaceful and prosperous life, perhaps because it is not as overtly tyrannical as the dictatorships that he decried, he failed to address the negative effect that unconstrained capitalism has on societies locally and around the world.
Conscience dictates that capitalism needs to be regulated so that it acts as a brother to social welfare and not its enemy. Otherwise, like a prostitute that promises bliss, capitalism can quickly run contrary to conscience and the notion of an international community “that recognizes the dignity and equal worth of all people.”
When it is not sufficiently regulated, capitalism can also quickly become the primary driving force of local and world politics rather than politics being the noble pursuit of true democracy.
US – World Relations
The US’s infidelity toward democracy very easily occurs when parties and candidates receive huge capital stimulation for campaigning, where those who gain power are ‘indebted’ to their donors.
Then, where power is bought and maintained through capital, one can never really know what the real motives of such a government is. In fact, problematic to President Obama’s speech, as genuine as he might be, is that he spoke against the backdrop of the US’s long history of meddling in the affairs of other countries, with motives other than simply assisting democratization.
In truth, instead of people being governed through democratic representation, capitalists are often the puppeteers of government through funding campaigns to power, by owning corporate media companies that can easily influence the mindset of the electorate, by determining their country’s foreign interest, etc.
If unrestrained “with appropriate checks and balances”, capitalism becomes a PROSTITUTE that lures world leaders and its people with promises of bliss that she can never truly satisfy. Instead, she leaves all who come to her emptier, broken and more in need than before.