Is China Catching up to the USA?

By Donald A. Collins | 14 March 2021
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Many pundits are asking that question.

But to me that question avoids asking the more important question: in future will our democracy provide the model for world governing or will the Chi and Kim models prevail?

At 90 I am likely not to learn the answer in my lifetime, but the pandemic, the ECOCIDE of places such as the Brazilian rain Forrest and the climate changes driven by excess human numbers which have quadrupled to almost 8 billion in my lifetime suggests to experts such as E.O. Wilson and Sir David Attenborough that the limits of Earth’s bounty have been reached and succeeded already.

The press of human greed for more, more, more will continue to summon the powerful forces for the cruel limitations often known as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse which are variously called conquest, war, famine, and pestilence which lead to massive deaths and human disruptions.

This leads me to ask about the huge question of whether democracy with its huge successes in creating material inventions can lead to a transition to moderate the growing power of dictatorship to be the predominant model for world governance: in short, which will prevail a system based on the bill of human rights under democracy or the iron fists of dictatorship?

The huge jointly undertaken efforts to solve the current pandemic at least offers us all an awesome glimpse at limits on a finite earth!

The clear recognition also by even the most rigid dictators that nuclear war can’t be a future option is too often not stated by everyone!

The next decades could be hugely good or bad. Human accomplishment brings us to a place where the sharing of such natural and technological beneficence could solve disease, racism, and the greed of the ages! But only if a worldwide discussion can lay these opinions before the world’s power players.

Ironically, I can get instantly updated to the exact values in my brokerage account, but only find in following in our media a constant flow of destructive dissension on every key issue that could lead us all to discussions toward solutions.

Could the UN in NYC be the place for mounting such discussions?

Despair or optimism? We now have the tools for a brighter planetary future if we as world citizens choose to use them!

Former US Navy officer, banker and venture capitalist, Donald A. Collins, a free lance writer living in Washington, DC., has spent over 40 years working for women’s reproductive health as a board member and/or officer of numerous family planning organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Guttmacher Institute, Family Health International and Ipas. Yale under graduate, NYU MBA. He is the author of From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013.

From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013

By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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