Mob “Democracy”

Posted by John Rosenthal

In "The
Bolivian Troubles, ‘Race War’, and the ICC"
and "What’s
Ahead in Bolivia: Getting to Know Evo Morales"
, I noted the pernicious
consequences for democracy when the state’s monopoly on the legitimate use of
violence is undermined. So-called "human rights" organizations, by putting on
the same plane the use of force by state organs and violence committed by
non-state actors – or even, which is more typical, denouncing the former far
more strenuously than the latter – encourage this development and the
International Criminal Court (ICC) represents its apotheosis.

storming of Kyrgyz government headquarters
provides further evidence. In its
weekend edition (18-19 June), the Neue Züricher
Zeitung comments

To put it somewhat provocatively, the astonishingly quick
victory of the protest campaign against the Akayev regime in March has led to a
situation in Kyrgyzstan in which whoever has enough money rounds up a mob as
they like and sends it into the street. Since a real transformation of Kyrgyz
political institutions has not yet even begun…, the clashes on Friday are not
likely to be the last.

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