The Foundation of the States
Ensuring a stable position of any country presupposes making political decisions according to a chosen program. Capitalism has proved itself as an effective policy that brings prosperity and stable political position in the global context. Democratic principles add to the conception that economically stronger countries supported by the majority direct and control the activity of the market.
Capitalism, presupposing social inequality and class division, differs with the democratic principles of equality and ruling of the majority. Capitalism in Canada is international as many states tend to invest in the country (MacDonald, 1963). As it implies creating the free market, the countries depend upon one another. In this case, it becomes difficult to preserve democracy and equality since in the capitalistic system there are stronger and weaker countries. The democratic and capitalistic states can exist for relatively a short period of time because democratic ideology changes under the influence of economic cooperation as the countries involved in capitalism start supporting more workable imperialistic perspective.
Political Conceptions of Existing Democracy and Capitalism in the State
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Capitalistic states belong to the most successful countries. Modern academicians distinguish the term capitalism as an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, investments that are determined by private decisions, and prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by the competition in the market (Capitalism, n.d.). The authors of the book The Fourth Revolution: the Global Race to Reinvent the State J. Micklethwait and A. Wooldridge (2014a) consider capitalism as the natural consequence of the development of trade. The former imperialistic position of many European countries failed, and they lost their colonies because of high resistance of the masses. The growth of the countries requires investments. Operating the costs requires a firm governmental position and common thought. In this case, capital state requires the consensus of the government according to the ways of costs distribution and formation of the state standards.
Etymologically, one understands democracy as the power of people and generally defines it as a government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised by them directly or indirectly through the system of representation usually involving periodically held free elections (Democracy, n.d.). When recognizing the notion of the sate as a country, it is a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; especially one that is sovereign (State, n.d.).
As Micklethwait and Wooldridge assure (2014b), capitalism better functions separately from democracy. Such conception is closer to liberal than democratic view. After the elimination of Nazism and totalitarian regime of the Soviet Union, the freedom gained more importance and became the background for the establishment of the economical cooperation. In this aspect, Canada entered the international market and established the cooperation with the countries that do not support democracy. Consequently, the communist China also managed to acquire a higher economical position due to the state economy. They manage to preserve high capitalistic position amongst the countries preferring to conquer everything without being a capitalist country (Mickelthwait & Wooldridge, 2014a).
The idea of freedom and democracy is a paramount in understanding of the Western countries about how the world works. European Union that established representative democracy is experiencing decline. Canada and the US are better developed because their economic and currencies function independently. The Canadian capitalism can develop due to the cooperation with China (MacDonald, 1963). It would mean breaking the connection with the US.
Canada lacks democracy in the light of capitalism. J. Klaseen (2014) demonstrates the transnational position in acquiring the capital. Its severe immigration policy transformed the labor markets in the strict system of exploitation of the immigrants. The author characterizes the country as secondary imperialistic one. Its position at the international market shows its dependence from the US. Still, Canada invests its capitals in Asia, Africa and supports numerous cooperation procedures. These facts prove that democracy cannot exist for a long time as it hinders the growth of capitalism.
The absence of democracy is peculiar in the work The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State. Micklethwait and Wooldridge (2014a) underline the impossibility of its existence because it is unable to confront hard choices. The proper functioning of democracy requires reforms. The limitation of the governmental influence does not consider the elimination of freedom. The systematic cooperation of the society and government can reach well-coordinated activity to satisfy the interests of both.
Canada belongs to strong and stable capitalistic states. The cooperation with its powerful neighbor the USA puts it among the imperialistic states in the scale of capitalism. The democratic states of EU have approved its inability to cope with economic difficulties. Turning of the democracy into total freedom poses a threat for existence of freedom and equality as these principles no longer function and turn into opposite. Saving democracy in the conditions of capitalism requires strong position and revolutionary reforms to show the alternative for the stronger capitalistic states.
- Capitalism | Definition of Capitalism by Merriam-Webster
- Democracy | Definition of Democracy by Merriam-Webster
- State | Definition of State by Merriam-Webster