Democracy needs reform: Human rights, housing policy – Australia and China compared

Housing affordability is an issue of basic human rights. A recent report in the UK, A Silent Killer by Sheffield University commissioned by a charity organisation, Crisis (21 Dec 2011) reveals that:

“People who live on the streets die an average of 30 years before the general population” due to:

  • “Drug and alcohol abuse account for just over a third of all deaths;”
  • “Homeless people are over nine times more likely to commit suicide than the general population;” and
  • “Deaths as a result of traffic accidents are three times as likely, infections twice as likely and falls over three times as likely.”

If you are in your daily routine of moving around between your home and work place, shopping centre, cinema, visiting friends and holidaying, you are likely not to notice the suffering of the hundreds of thousands of your fellow country’s men, women, elderly and children sleeping rough every night on the streets, in a park, underneath a bridge or at construction sites in your neighbourhood across the country.

There are many reasons that caused homelessness: unemployment, broken family, sickness, injuries, rising cost of living, rental affordability, as well as housing affordability, just to name a few.

In this article, we will focus on the issue of rental and housing affordability as basic human rights by comparing the government attitude towards such issues between Australia and China:

Australia Government

Australia is a Western ‘democracy’ and by definition, we would imagine that the Australian government should be a more caring government than the government of a socialist country like China.

We would imagine that, Australia as the sixth largest country in the world (7,692,024 square kilometres) with 0.33% of the world humanity (22,821,017 people) as of 3 February, 2012. The population density is less than 3 people per square kilometres and the per capital GDP is USD40,800. Given the advantages of having such physical and financial conditions, it would be very easy for the Australian government to run a human right program for the entire population with affordable housing and rent.

Severe Housing Shortage in the Land of the Plenty

The cruel reality is that over the years, despite of severe housing shortages resulted in artificially inflated property prices, the respective Australian governments hardly pay any attention to ratify the appalling situation across the country. They have escalated the situation by allowing the problem of housing shortages to continue with little intention to allocate more land to alleviate the pressure; At time, when land was allocated, there was no following up of investment on basic infrastructure to support the construction on those lands; ANZ Bank estimated that there is a shortage of about 230,000 dwellings across Australia. As a result the median house prices in Australia grew 147% between 2001 and 2011 to an average of $417.000. Despite of the existing of government assistant package offer to first home buyer, the amount was so miserable that many failed to take up the offer; and those who took up the offer may find it hard to finance their mortgages – a 2011 survey by the Mortgage Choice reveals that “10% of first-home owners who bought their property in the past two years have now either sold their homes, or are considering selling, because the financial stress has become too great”; As a result, home ownership in the country of plenty has become an elusive dream, with many people forced into the rental market; however, the cost of renting also soaring faster than inflation - gaining 40% in the five year to 2010;  Such trend has continued to flow on to 2011; The fundamental problem is, there aren’t enough cheap home to rent, and the private rental has become too much for many families with the percentage of income spent on rent at a proportion as high as 60.7%.

The general trend is, according to the National Housing Supply Council (NHSC) report, “housing shortfall is expected to blow out to more than 640,000 in 20 years”.

Despite of all the suffering by the average Australians, as far as the 1% elites in this country is concerned, high property price may not be a bad thing. Some may regard this as “hitting the jackpot” and are richer than ever; simply by looking at the aggregate figure, they may be right to claim that: “Feeling poor but Australians truly rich.”

Making thing worst, The Australian Reserve Bank Board (RBA) was chaired by wealthy people and CEOs, whom very often unconcern about the well being of the average people – a report on 19 Oct 2010 revealed that “half of Reserve Bank Board absent at rate meeting.” The RBA governor, an out of touch bureaucrat under the tax payer funded payroll of more than $1 million a year, who appear to be unable to understand the society and the economy beyond the aggregate monthly figures shown on his computer screen, has the tendency of favouring a higher interest rate from time to time.

Despite a warning from the IMF that “Inflation goals are wrong for economic management,” RBA continue to use inflation as one of the core elements in its interest rate decision.  A sudden and drastic increment in banana price in the after match of a natural disaster may trigger a rate hike or prevent  a rate cut due to the fact that banana is one of the core items use to measure inflation in Australia. Leading up to the 2008 Global Financial Crisis (GFC), RBA has a series of around 9 consecutive interest rate hiked followed by a series of a sudden and drastic interest rate cut at the beginning of the GFC; with the government economic stimulus package still continue to roll out artificially popping up the GDP figure over the subsequent months, our textbook RBA begin to be alerted by the figure shown on the computer screen again, and make a mark internationally by been the first to rise interest rate in the middle of the GFC. With a total of 7 consecutive rates hiked (3 in 2009 and 4 in 2010) and the forecast of a ‘Robust Economic Outlook’ due to the aggregate figure reflected on the computer screen contributed by the mining sector, RBA can never understand the actual suffering of the average Australians as there isn’t any representative from the ‘main street’ at the RBA board. Therefore, RBA only begin to cut rate by a quarter % each in November and December 2011, when figure on the computer screen indicated a rise in unemployment level to 5.3% with 40,000 full-time job been shed.

Despite the number of home buyers continue to decline due to high interest rate; and the shocking rise in the number of mortgage fault cases; with thousands of people raid their superannuation to pay for their mortgage to prevent losing their home; and the report that one in five Australian struggling with debt repayments; and the reality that, Australian homeowners among the world most indebted, I doubt that our textbook RBA have the insights and courage to drastically move the rate down before any more negative economic indicators shown on the computer screen. Regardless of whether it is true or not, Martin Whetton, an interest rate strategist at Nomura Group believes that, our highly paid RBA may have “followed Israel’s central bank on 16 of the past 19 occasions it moved rate.”

The current situation is that the supply side of the property market in Australia is still in a stage of massive shortages, but the property price across the country has begun to come down. Despite the fact that this has been one of the worst property slumps in two decades, “many first-home buyers are still finding it harder than ever to enter the market.” The common sense reasons are that the property price and interest repayment rate are simply beyond the reach of the average Australians.

The irony is, there are now full of empty homes in many parts of Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane but many people are still unable to afford them. The situation is just like the description in the recent heading on the Age Newspaper: “Nests emptier than ever but owning a home still a dream.”

The homeless situation in Australia has been worsening dramatically in recent years:

Homeless Situation Worsen

During a 2006 ABS counting, there were more than 105,000 homeless across the country; by 30 April 2010 the ABC report revealed that it is now more than ‘1 in 100 homeless in past year’. That is, the number of homeless in Australia has been more than doubled within 3 years since the last count in 2006. The situation has being deteriorating further with a report in January 2012 reveals that in the state of Queensland alone, there are “70,000 'homeless' as housing lies vacant across Queensland”. Whereas in New South Wales, a report on November 2011 revealed that, “80 houses are seized by bank each month … In the 10 months to November, 2011 the Supreme Court issued 2,466 writs of possession, with 825 executed.”

The problem is so serious that, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, “as many as 80 per cent of new applications for temporary housing by couples with children cannot be met on a daily basis.” The report also indicated that “of the total new requests for housing, 62 per cent of people were turned away, a rate stable with previous years”. (Brisbane Times, 22 July 2010 - ‘Homeless families are being turned away’). A recent report by the Courier Mail indicated that, in one of the cases of applications for public housing, the Queensland government “refused public housing” for a homeless couple with five children. The family were told to live in their car.

There are reports of homeless people been run over and killed by sleeping under a truck on the West of Brisbane; or been assaulted and badly injured while sleeping outside a bank;  or been murdered on the street of Sydney; or been killed during a transient riding of a train from Sydney to Newcastle and back to keep warm; Despite the dire situation, there are still incident where homeless people been deprived the right to sleep rough in parks owned by some local councils; or been chased away ahead of President Obama visit the following day.

China Government 

China is the third largest country in the world (9,640,011 square kilometres) with 19.16% of the world humanity (1,339,724,852 people) as of 1 November 2010. The population density in China is 139 people per square kilometre and the per capital GDP is USD8, 400.

As a developing country, China is limited by the amount of resources available at its disposal. However, the government attitude towards the issue of housing affordability is in sharp contrast to the government in Australia.

In China, there is a comprehensive National Human Rights Action Plan to protect the human rights of all social groups including the issue of homelessness and affordable housing. Due to the enormous amount of government effort and investment, it took China only 30 years to lift 400 million people out of poverty; and the government is in the process of lifting another few hundred million people out of poverty through a development-oriented poverty reduction plan. In March 2011, the Chinese government raised the poverty line to a new standard with an objective to “basically eradicate poverty in 10 years”;

Keeping the price of daily necessity low, and free from corporate profit driven manipulation are just some of the steps taken by China government to ensure basic human rights in the country; As a result, Australia as a developed country may have a per person GDP of USD40, 800, whereas China is only at USD8, 400, but when one measure GDP using the concept of Purchasing Power Parity (i.e., measuring GDP by every dollar you can buy in China as compare to Australia), China has become the world number three in GDP per person, whereas, Australia only rank at 19. This is the kind of massive human rights achievement in China that was largely ignored by western human rights agencies.

The Chinese media were rather open in reporting many social issues including showing pictures of homeless migrant workers in the country; the issue of homelessness in China is a complicated one. One of the major factors in homelessness is the movement of people from rural areas to the urban cities seeking for better opportunity. In the year 2011 alone, there were 271 million people (12 times the size of the entire Australia population) not living in the places of their registered residence for more than six months. This has caused enormous amount of pressure on Chinese property market in the urban cities.

To curb property price, China government invested heavily in rural development so that rural residences are now able to find opportunity closer to where they live; such strategy already showing sign of success with reports of increasing number of migrant workers returning home for Chinese New Year since 2010 and decided to stay in their villages.  This causes labour shortages in some parts of the coastal regions and forced upon an increment in the average wages in the urban regions which are what the government hopping for.

Unlike the Australian government and the RBA, China government and their central bank have been doing whatever they could with high level of creativity over the last two years aiming to bring down property prices without adding too much cost pressure to the existing and new first home buyers on their mortgage repayment; These strategies, just to name a few include:

1) Massive investment in affordable housing: 5.8 million units in 2010 and 10 million units in 2011;

2) Setting up an audit system to ensure land supply for welfare housing; A recently China Daily report reveals that land supply for the year 2011 was up 37%;

3) China affordable housing program is genuinely affordable with a 40 meter low-rent house may cost as little as 22.9 RMB (3.48 U.S. dollars) per month with government assistance;

4) In order to raise fund in support of the government affordable housing policy, China government allow local authority to raise fund through multiple channels including through the issuing of corporate bonds.

5) Contrary to the Australian policy towards ‘investment property’ and the introduction of negative gearing policy to encourage second home buyers for profit purpose  – which has  contributed to the current situation of an inflated property price in Australia, China seeks to control property price through combating property speculative investments via a series of strategies:

  • China demands 50% down payment for those who buy their second home at a mortgage rate of no less than 1.1 times the benchmark rates;
  • China also suspends loan and imposes property tax on third home buyers to make sure that if investors simply sit on their property waiting for the value to rise, the property tax works in a way that the longer one keeps the property idle, the more tax they would have to pay;
  • China also imposed regulation to ban Public Housing Fund (PHF) mortgage for third home buyers;
  • To effectively imposed the policy of limiting the number of housing purchase by individuals, officials are reportedly building a database, to be shared among 40 cities, where information about property ownership will be readily accessible;
  • As a policy to put people basic human right ahead of corporate profit, China government also introduced a new regulation on 1 May 2011 that “demanding property developers to sell homes at mark prices.”
  • Another measure in curbing the property price is to force developers to set the price of the housing before bidding for a piece of land. Under such policy, the cost of the land will be set and the developer who offers to sell the homes at the lowest price will get the plot.
  • China also introduce policy to discourage International hot money (funds that flow from one country to another to earn a short-term profit) from entering China property market;

As a temporary measure to cope with the issue of affordable housing, China government also allow the flowering of the so-called “snail houses” to house the poor; This is a bit like the cage dwellers in Hong Kong which has been demonised by the Australian media as the dark-side of China without comparing the humane side of such policy against the dire conditions of the homeless families in Australia.

Unlike the behaviour of the RBA in Australia, China Central Bank only hike rate for first home buyer as last resort to control inflation. As a measure to control bank credit to the market to curb inflation, in the first four month of 2011, China central bank raises the required reserve ratio for China's banks four times to a record level of 20.5 percent; just as Al Jazeera economist Samah el-Shahat put it, China has a policy in putting the well being of the “people before the big banks.”

As a result, after two years of creative policies and hard work, property prices across China have begun to drop since the second half of 2011.


Human rights should also be measure by the amount of resources at the disposal of the government at the time an issue arise. Australia is comparatively at a much stronger position than China to offer affordable housing policy. However, as Michael Pascoe (a Business Day contributing editor) rightly observed in September 2010 that, “With the major parties concentrating on a few big lies during the election campaign, housing policy barely surfaced as an issue, except perhaps for the hugely irrelevant matter of housing a few boat people … Both parties had policies, if you went digging for them, a Regional Better Cities program here, a National Home Affordability Compact there, whatever that meant, but it seemed no-one wants to take responsibility for something as tricky as affordability.”

Without prejudice, China is an old civilisation with many philosophies on the issues of humanity dating back thousands of years, their concepts and meaning are far deeper than the West; While China begin to adopt a policy of building the Great Wall as self defence and marrying their princesses to foster peace with its neighbours more than 2,000 years ago, the West is still in the stage of endless aggression against its surrounding countries with brutal invasion, colonialism, slavery, exploitation, bullying with economic sanctions and endless military actions till this day.

Dr. Thorsten Pattberg, a German scholar at the Institute of World Literature of Peking University and author of "The East-West Dichotomy" (2009) and "Shengren" (2011) recently wrote an article in the Japan Times, China Daily and Global Research comparing the linguistic concepts of civilisation, humanity and democracy between China and the West, and advice that the West should adopt some of the Chinese language concepts of ‘humanity’, ‘democracy’ and ‘civilisation’ so that: “next time in international relations we could discuss how we're going to improve minzhu in Europe, and how to help America's transition into a descent wenming.”

According to Dr. Pattberg, “While in China we still see a family-value based social order; in the West we find an interest group-based social order. In your family, you do not apply strict laws or make contracts; instead you induce a moral code. When among strangers who fight against other interest groups, you simply cannot trust them like your own family, so you need laws.”

Chinese leadership has a genuine culture of caring for the wellbeing of the average people, while in the western society like Australia, without the backing of a caring culture the political system is nothing more than the skeleton structure of an election system. There is hardly any genuine sense of humanity beyond the exchange of interest between voters and politicians. Very often, social welfare is simply a tool used by politicians to win votes. 

As homeless people may be among the 2.5 million voters not casting their vote in the 2010 election, so there should be no surprise to anybody on why their well beings have not being a priority among the political elites in Australia. One should note that, in the West, they called the population ‘citizens’ or ‘residents’, while in China, the population were called ‘子民 (zi min)’, meaning the Children of the nation. Perhaps this is the reason why China has selected a socialist economy rather than a capitalist one.

Democracy in the West needs to absorb the culture of humanity from China in order to function with accordance to the wishes of the general population; Otherwise, just like my earlier article comparing the way the three governments (Australia, China and USA) handling of their respective natural disasters and demonstrated that, if we define the objective of democracy as government “listening to and caring for the people in needs,” China government will be in practices more democratic than the government of Australia and the United States of America.

From the recent news on the Independent Media Centre, I realise that there will be a rally in Sydney on the 16th February 2012 calling upon the Australian government to learn from China on the issue of affordable housing. I would urge that all Australians who wish to promote the concept of housing affordability as basic human rights to encourage their friends and family members to show up at the rally. The voices of the hundreds of thousands of homeless people across the country need your help to be heart by our heartless ruling elites.



Written on  7 Feb 2012 by

Wei Ling Chua, Author of the book: Racism in Australia—The Causes, Incidents, Reasoning and Solutions

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Re: Democracy Needs Reform: Human Rights – Housing Policy – ...

Great article
Yes , a nation whose political masters like to appear 'christian' by attending their 'building' they call a church, for the media no doubt.

One issue and cause not mentioned is immigration, something else the general public have no say in without the fear of being accused of xeno-phobia, a word no doubt that most Australians had never heard of until the likes of Pauline Hanson and the counter attacks on her opinions and her political platform.

Not that I would personally agree with her on most of her politics but she does have a right to express them and of course be challenged for them too.

This nation has forgotten the only righteous thing it has (had), that which has come from Christ, love, true love and the knowledge of what and 'who' love is.
From this we are informed of Grace by God in the death and resurrection of the man, the son of God, Jesus Christ and in his selfless love for us we are revealed as to how we should love one another.
To clothe the naked and feed the poor, to visit the prisoners and bring in to our homes the homeless, the sick, the needy.

To visit the widows and fatherless in their afflictions.

Whether jew or greek, chinese or 'australian' , all are preached this good news of the Kingdom, unfortunately not all have accepted the free gifts of God, eternal life being one.

We are not to honour ourselves but all honour belongs to God who sent His son to die that we may have life, praise Him .

and honour to those who by Him and through Him, help those without.

Here the interests of the exploiting class are propped up

Very well-researched article.

Some aspects of China's crackdown on the wealthy buying housing for speculation or leisure have been toughened lately and are actually stronger than what the author mentions. In particular:

- Most key cities like Beijing have now gone from banning prospective third home buyers from accessing loans to banning families from buying a third home full stop. The database on property ownership that the author refers is being compiled to prevent people buying additional homes outside their home city.

- To discourage even the purchase of a second home, the minimum required down payment on a second home has been increased from 50% to 60%.

- Key cities like Beijing have banned families living outside the city from buying a second home in the city.

This is part of the curbs that the Peoples Republic of China puts on the ultra-rich in order to defend the interests of those on lower incomes. Another example is the frequent repression against tycoons. Typically what happens is that when tycoons appear on a rich list there is so much egalitarian feeling among the Chinese masses and sections of its officialdom that there becomes pressure for the state to crackdown on them. And this often happens. Thus in 2009 a bestseller came out in China called the “Curse of Forbes.” The story intersects with a feeling in China that if you make it to the Forbes rich list then you could quickly end up in jail. In fact soon after a rival rich list, the Hurun report, named Huang Guangyu (sometimes spelt Wong Kwong Yu) as China’s richest person in late 2008 he was detained and in the end was sentenced to 14 years jail for economic crimes (see Meanwhile, a few months after that list came out, the number two on the list, Du Shuanghua, the then owner of China’s biggest privately owned steel firm (all the biggest of the steel firms are however state-owned), had his steel company forcibly nationalised - the majority of it without “compensation” (he was forced to sell the firm at one-third of its market price!).

This crackdown on the exploiters of labour is also seen in China’s attitude to strikes. For the last 20 years, China has seen a huge amount of strike struggles. This increased further after in 2008 China implemented a Labour Law that actually emboldened workers to launch such struggles by favouring collective bargaining and stipulating in Article 4 of the Law that if the employer wants to change working conditions/wages etc: “During the process of the implementation of the aforesaid bylaws and significant matters, the labor union or the workers is/are entitled to require the employer to modify or improve them through consultations if it/they find them improper” [ie workers have a veto]. See

The 2009-2010 strike wave was overwhelmingly (but not exclusively) in the private sector, especially in foreign (in China these are Western, Japanese or Taiwanese-owned – like the notorious Taiwanese-owned Foxconn corporation that makes products for Apple) owned manufacturing enterprises. This is because in the state-owned enterprises that still dominate China’s basic industries, working conditions are much better and are often quite good for a developing country.

The key point is that many of the strikes have been tacitly supported and in some cases incited by some government officials. Often a strike may at first be opposed and in a small number of cases even repressed by a local government but higher up provincial and national governments then come down like a ton of bricks on the local authorities for not doing enough to ensure that the workers demands are met.

As an aside, this is significant to note because Western governments and media have been hoping to turn labour unrest into a movement to break up the socialistic political system of the PRC. They have been assisted in this by various NGOs that often nominally stand for “workers rights” or which even claim to be “radical.” Many of the NGOs are dominated by people from the U.S. or Europe who do little to fight for labour rights in their own countries. Some of the NGOs receive funding from the U.S. government through the likes of the National Endowment for Democracy either directly or indirectly. A few of these NGOs are directly controlled by Western governments or business interests but most are kept on a long leash and allowed much independence. Their members are often sincere small l-liberals who are naively being manipulated without having any sense whose interests they are serving.

Getting back to the main point, it is worth looking at China’s most intense labour dispute in recent years. In July 2009 thousands of workers occupied the Tonghua steel factory in North Eastern China. This was by Chinese standards a medium-sized steel factory. It had just been privatised (most of the Chinese steel industry is actually going the other way, i.e. seeing re-nationalisations as bigger socially-owned enterprises gobble up the smaller capitalist ones) and the new private boss was threatening layoffs. Within hours of the workers occupation, it was announced on state television that the privatisation had been scrapped.

What was significant was the reaction to the struggle throughout China. Not surprisingly, the struggle encouraged other workers. In a later struggle against a smaller privatisation, workers carried a sign: “Learn from the Tonghua workers – Defend collective property” (there is a sense amongst Chinese workers that state property in the PRC is THEIR property). During the Tonghua occupation itself, the new private general manager was also kidnapped by the workers and some workers beat him to death. Now you can imagine the media/police/government frenzy that would occur in Australia if that happened. In China there was also a frenzy … but in the opposite direction! State-owned media focussed on the greed of the employers and featured not sympathetic quotes from the dead capitalist’s family but quotes from workers who participated in the struggle. See for example: Statements from China’s Police also stressed the greed of the private bosses and how his actions had provoked workers.

I guess where this all leads is that the author’s conclusion about “human rights” in China vs Australia should be somewhat modified. In China, in an uneven and contradictory way to be sure, the state does indeed “violate” the “democratic rights” of some of the ultra-rich, in particular of those that make money from exploiting other people’s labour. This is done to enforce the interests of the poorer sections of the community. In Australia it is the opposite. The state/media/ruling class violates the human rights of a proportionately much larger group – the working class and very poor – in order to prop up the interests of the exploiting class. Witness for example the draconian income management scheme introduced first for Aboriginal people in the Northern Territory and increasingly for broader layers of the poor; the attempts to jail construction worker unionists, the violent police attacks on the Occupy protests, police killings of Aboriginal people in custody, Gestapo like hounding of people on Disability pensions by Centrelink etc.

Time and location of affordable housing rally

I just notice the link provided in this article was broken.
The time and location of the rally is:

Date and Time:
Thu, 16/02/2012 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Parramatta’s Church Street Mall (railway Station end – corner with Darcy Street)
Contact Phone:
0417 204 611

western democracies are crumbling because nobody is responsible

We need such articles to show what officials do not want us to see and discuss.
Definitely it is good point in the conclusions that western democracy has lots to learn from socialist China.
To understand why things are the way as described, have a look from different prospective.
China is a socialist country.
Australia and the west are anti China system
So Australia and the west are anti social. And they are.

Housing unaffordability is clearly anti social policy of the western democracies. It is created problem by elite. It does not exist in nature. Can you imagine the sparrow being homeless or the lions, or any animals? Aren't humans more intelligent and achieved more? Sadly more anti social policies.

Well said in the article that western democracies are very aggressive and brutal, attacking other countries. Kadaffi was not any more evil than any leader of western democracies. He was in fact the most pro social dictator. He was about to be awarded by UN with a prize for human rights achievements.
He actually eliminated homelessness in Libya and he delivered to Libyans what they need. You can find plenty of documentation about it. Libyan's loved him but US democracies hated him and destroyed him and about all his achievements.
West is too busy to teach others of how to live that they have no time to care for own nation.
It is a good opportunity to reveal just a bit about my homelessness. I worked hard, provided house and everything for my wife and children. One day the government have kidnapped my all four children and robbed my of my home and everyhing in it, my car and everything worth live for. The government in the best interest of my children (pedophiles also act in the best interest of children) placed them in the care of the fanatical religious sect. Well, I do not want to describe here the whole story as it can be found on my webpage below. Fact is that for no reason they did it. Terrorists also kidnap others for no reason. When I demanded natural justice, they locked me in jail. When I was released and rearrested for living on the street, the housing trust told me that I can get a place in 28 years if lucky.
Yes, I was sleeping on the street after the government robbed me of my home. And police have arrested me for refusing to go home. They arrested me, my bicycle, my bed and bag with belongings. (described on my webpage). My point is that and Australian Government has a terrorist policy. Forces people from their homes and then arrest for the consequences of their decisions. Somehow it is a parallel of Palestine and Israel.
Western democracy has a policy to make people homeless.
I really encourage readers to find out the Kadaffi's achievements with housing. Perhaps you want to compare it with Israel's policy and achievements in this field and Australian and US.

A bit of side issue. Kadaffi and his supporters do not deny that he was a dictator. He was responsible for everything.
In western democracies, there is no one dictator, the system is dictatorial and nobody is responsible for anything. It is also well known who is responsible in socialist China.
Imagine a family, imagine an association, imagine the business company where nobody is responsible for anything. It cannot possibly be prosperous and fair.
This is why western democracies are crumbling because nobody is responsible for anything.

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