On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week, the second summit for Democracy 2023 was held, a virtual meeting convened by Joe Biden.
About 120 leaders from around the world were invited by the US president and on Wednesday, in a plenary session, the leaders of 46 countries held short speeches, including President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.
During the five minutes he had to address all the presidents and prime ministers, AMLO presented his ideas. Most of all for him, judging by the paragraph of his speech that the Office of the President of Social Communication wanted to launch at the lopezobrador.org.mx site, it was like this: “How can we talk about democracy if in recent times the concentration of wealth in a few hands has become the most serious in the history of the world? Fortune the minority has grown without limits, without any control of behavior, while there are billions of people who live on less than a dollar a day. That is why we are further and further away from Kratos without demos, from power without people and make the main purpose of the government always seek the happiness of the people; the government of the people and the people.
It is highly debatable that this is a time when “the most appalling concentration of wealth in a few hands has occurred in the history of the world.” According to a good number of economic historians, there were large concentrations of ancient Rome and its empire, in medieval Europe dominated by feudal lords, in European, African and Asian colonies controlled by some of the European powers. Revolution in the 18th and 19th centuries and in the 19th and early 20th centuries, when a new aristocracy of wealth arose, with the richest people controlling a significant portion of their wealth. And worse still in those times, the masses of the poor lived in worse health and educational conditions than the poor today.
Of the 46 leaders who spoke at the plenary meeting on Wednesday, only 13 represent Germany, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Japan, the Netherlands, Britain, Sweden and Uruguay. to full democracy according to the 2022 Democracy Index prepared by the Economic Intelligence Unit.
The other 33 rulers are in flawed democratic systems (as in the United States of America), or in hybrid regimes where there are many characteristics of authoritarian systems (as in Mexico), or in authoritarian systems (as in Iraq).
The Democracy Summit was held to promote democracy around the world, but it is hard to believe that this is a real goal when in most of the countries that participated, democracy cannot be placed. Or even worse, as is the case in our country, where there is a danger of promoting a popular disadvantage by those who are in power.
The main goal is to restore the leadership and credibility of the United States of America on the world stage that Donald Trump has weakened in his administration. If it helps to strengthen democracy in the world, it is already a profit.