- - Monday, February 22, 2021

To conservative eyes Wikipedia is biased (“Co-founder says Wikipedia’s neutrality ‘long gone,’ cites leftist bias,” Web, Feb. 21). To realist’s eyes, it is biased in both directions.

Wikipedia entries for Capitalism, for example, do not cover the profoundly damaging and deadly aspects of unregulated/unenforceable rules of global capitalism, such as “free trade,” or the greatest flaws of democracy and the U.S. Constitution.

China’s theft of U..S intellectual property and free access to other dual-use technologies increasingly threatens U.S. national security. There are no ‘rule of law’ enforceable controls, only war or sanctions that can be more deadly than war. Our democratic republic and other ‘democracy systems’ have allowed centuries of slavery, genocide of native populations, expensive, undeclared wars, sanctions more deadly than war, and human-rights violations within and outside their borders.

This is not to mention failing to defend against infectious diseases within their own borders, disease that were preventable with a universal health-care system. The largest democracy in the world, India, still has more people (mostly children) dying daily of easily preventable malnutrition and infectious diseases, just as it did before the current global pandemic.

Neither capitalism nor democracy has put the protection of human health, freedom and security as the highest priority. Profit and popular desires remain the primary driver within these two inherently flawed systems, regardless of all the good things they have delivered. And you won’t read any of that in Wikipedia. The current crisis in Texas is the best example of the capitalist and democratic system ignoring this fundamental need.


Former chair

United Nations Association, Council of Organizations

Rockville, Md.

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