Imperial Patronage & the Language of Hypocrisy
Reading the annual reports of human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch is an interesting exercise in understanding the hypocrisy of Western states: with our media and political focus on the crimes of enemies (Syria, Iran, Russia, etc.), we are able to overlook the crimes we commit, support, and act as patrons to. Our governments say they cannot "do everything" and must "pick and choose," but then, seemingly everywhere, they actively arm and support the violent repression of democracy, popular resistance, and are thus aiding human rights violations. If we seek to live up to our declared values of human rights and democracy, and to truly oppose atrocities, we must stop violating human rights, crushing democracy, and committing atrocities.
Politics is the language of hypocrisy, and examining the system of imperial patronage for despotic and dictatorial regimes around the world is an elucidating exercise in understanding this.
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