What the world thinks about American democracy

What the world thinks about American democracy


I thought that American democracy is like the most stable democracy
in the world. I’m not sure about it so much right now. There is this perception amongst
most countries that America does seem to meddle in
other people’s affairs, and think that its form of democracy is the only pure form of democracy. I’ve heard one time the U.S. being referred to as
“the policeman of the world.” Iraq is an example of American
military intervention. Now there’s a war of religions there — different minorities fighting
against each other. It always causes problems if you
say to your neighbor what he has to do. You supported our military dictatorship. You supported the coup in 1964. We hear that we have American
sponsoring terrorism. Clinton, Bush, Obama,
and now Trump… never among those four
I saw any difference in the foreign policy. Never. America did quite well for Germany
after the World War II. But I think they’re just taking a role
that no one asked them to take. I think we live in a global world. We are all interdependent
on each other. We cannot have authoritarian positions where I’m superior and everyone
else depends upon me and I’m not dependent on everyone. I think the United States perhaps should be advised
to be more selective in defending its vital interests. They need to stop doing the
alpha and omega, the savior of other countries. They need to start… By their own self, they need to think about their people to put themselves in a position
to be able to commit more future assistance
to other people. Egyptians, in general, like what we can describe as
“American soft power.” Most of the shows that Indians watch, most of the films that they watch
are American. When I think about the U.S.,
I think about good movies. Breaking Bad, Riverdale. One thing about entertainment is that it cuts
across most demographic divides. Egyptian television is always
going on about America. They make it seem like a
very good thing. America is reported as God’s
own country and everybody wants
to go to America. There is a significant percentage of
Indians who do reside in the U.S. What sort of experiences they’ve had, shapes perceptions that India has
about the U.S. I’ve heard there’s lots of problems for
Indians staying over there, right now. At the immigration, they
sounded a little stiff. They don’t want us inside. But then
once you enter inside, the people are also warm and cool. America, for a long time, has a
strong history of championing democratic practices. But we’ve seen for a while that that practice is declining. Adoration of U.S. culture,
U.S. society may have subsided a little bit. And yet, a majority of the people in Japan come out in favor of the U.S. Here in Brazil, we consume a lot
of the Americans’ products. We are overwhelmed with
American culture, with American TV shows
movies, songs… That also has some sort
of a positive impact because the films obviously do show
America in a positive light.

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