One is frequently confronted with stories about US Government attempts to preach or impose democracy on other countries. Lack of success is usually relegated to less prominence.
I recall articles and editorials, which I read each Sunday during my school years. Target nations were mostly in Africa, although Southeast Asia was not neglected. Perhaps, the war in Vietnam was proving to the world the effectiveness. Anyways, Africa seemed to be fertile ground, possibly because of African students at my school, sponsored by some government agency. We played on the soccer team together, but I recall no conversation with any.
I do recall thinking at the time (precocious little bastard, wasn’t I?) that democracy might not work everywhere. I noticed the conditions in those countries and compared that to American life and history. I took no course is political science. Why was I smarter than the folks in Washington?
Today, similar calls for democracy in countries with widely ranging history, culture, economic development, and just about every other factor continue to emanate from austere buildings in Washington. Even China, a nation of more than one billion mouths to feed and an economy able to buy and sell the United States must hear preaching from hypocrites.
I will go out on a limb and predict that China will never adopt American-style democracy. My batting average on Africa is impressive, so you would not be wrong to put money on me.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.