Are Democracy Quangos Doomed?
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  • C. P.

    Regardless of what foreign governments or residents of foreign countries think, it isn’t legitimate for the US government to be giving our money to organizations run primarily by, and on behalf of, US political parties. In this case maybe expedient and perhaps even useful, but still wrong.

  • John Burke

    It would be interesting to compare the pittances in government dough spent on these quangoes to the billions in subsidies to radical mosques, madrasas and other institutions of political Islamism from Morocco to Indonesia, Munich to Los Angeles, forked over by the governments of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and other Gulf states, not to mention the billions in “private” contributions from wealthy Saudis encouraged and channeled by the Saudi intelligence service.

  • David Smith

    “Having the paid employees of government A running around country B trying to promote political change is riskier business than it sometimes looks.”

    Maybe I lack imagination, but I really can’t imagine that being riskier than it looks at face value (i.e., as war by other means).

  • vanderleun

    This is the, ah, April Fools post. Right?

  • Bryan

    I’m with David Smith. I could not possibly imagine a way in which “pay people A to [get involved] with politics in country B” could not be incredibly risky.

    Also, it’s worth pointing out that it’s not just authoritarian governments that resent the quangos. Railing against (predominantly European-funded) quangos is a staple of Israeli politics. Those organizations aren’t seen by a significant portion of the Israeli electorate as genuine charity for Palestinians, but as a way of subverting Israeli democracy. Israelis in general are Western-looking and consider themselves part of the West, but interminable meddling by European governments is not loved in that country.

  • Are quangos really attempting to foster democracy overseas…. Or Progressivism ?

    They aren’t the same, you know, and with the rise of the Obama/Pelosi/Reid axis, one certainly can observe Progressivism to be the antithesis of democracy, much as the EU has become.

  • Brett

    Honestly, the whole idea of US-funded NGOs that do nothing except fund and prep grass-roots efforts for democracy in foreign countries strikes me as a bit suspicious. Think about it – if China were financing and building a grass-roots movement in the US to effect changes in US politics, wouldn’t you be suspicious? I know I would.

    That said, everybody does something like that when they have the money. John Burke pointed out up-thread that the Gulf countries give a pretty huge amount of money to political Islam, madrassahs, and all manner of Islamic-themed charity groups worldwide.

  • Kris

    My immediate reaction was the same as John Burke’s @2. What a wise chap he is! 🙂

  • Jim.

    The Game is going, an other governments are looking for ways to take our pieces off the board.

    This is bad news for us, and we should not just knuckle under. Tit for tat expulsion of UAE lobbyists is one possibility; finding other form to operate under is another.

    Although, to be honest, there could be cultural reasons these organizations are being targeted; there was a curious specificity to which party this seemed to be affecting.

  • This is why Israel recently passed a law inhibiting foreign government funding of NGOs. The number of quangos operating on the ground in Israel that are openly working towards Israel’s downfall and are funded almost entirely by European governments is staggering.

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