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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Dec-04-11 01:16 PM
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5. There are a lot of things that I might think undermine democracy...
Edited on Sun Dec-04-11 01:24 PM by LeftishBrit
but it would undermine democracy *more* to crack down on them.

I think that right-wing politicians and parties are a danger to democracy and indeed to humanity; but it would be even more anti-democratic and ultimately right-wing to ban them.

Communism, at least in its Soviet-supported form, was a danger to democracy, but McCarthyism did infinitely more damage to America than the few communist groups there ever could have.

And in this world, there are probably no significant organizations anywhere that don't get some foreign funding, directly or indirectly. This doesn't mean that they are controlled by other countries; just that in a 'global world', they will receive and accept support from whoever is interested. The NGOs are not less valid because they receive some foreign funding, and that is so for right and left NGOs. (There are funding sources that I would indeed regard as bad sources; but the mere fact that some are from abroad does not invalidate them.) Whatever one thinks of Adalah, people with these views would be present, and have a right to express them, whether they received EU funding or not.

For that matter, America gives plenty of financial support to Israel, and it comes with significant strings attached. Is that also a threat to democracy?

On another thread, you said that freedom of speech is one of the most crucial things there is, and that it has made Israel great. I agree: Israel's tolerance for internal dissent and disagreement is one of the best things about it, and distinguishes it from most other countries including the other countries in the Middle East. It would be a thousand pities if this is now crushed and replaced with a form of McCarthyism.
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