The National Endowment for Democracy is widely considered to be a Non-Government Organization (NGO). The thing that makes this NGO special is that it receives most of its funding from the United States government. An organization that receives most of its $200 million dollar budget from the government shouldn’t be considered a Non-Government Organization.
The NED was created in the early 1980s by the Regan administration after it was conceived by the House Foreign Affairs Committee further proving that this organization is an arm of the U.S. government. Can the government even create a non-governmental organization?
Because of its status as a non-government organization, the details of the NED’s activities ARE NOT MADE PUBLIC!!!! The National Endowment for Democracy is an affront on our own democracy because it can use our tax payer money without being held accountable to the taxpayer.
Before the NED, governments were overthrown by the C.I.A, examples include but are not limited to Iran, Vietnam, Indonesia, Chile, and Brazil. By the time the 1980s rolled around, people were starting to become aware of the evils perpetrated by the CIA. The government needed a way to shift some responsibility away from the CIA, while also still overthrowing democracy in the name of corporate interests.
A study from Louisiana State University shows that the NED was not “successful at promoting democracy and economic freedom during the 1990s.” The NED spent most of their funds supporting extreme right-wing governments in France, Chile, and Nicaragua, all of which were already democracies at the time. Promoting democracy shouldn’t involve funding only one side of the political spectrum.
An emphasis was placed on promoting fair elections and free markets, which translates to an emphasis on promoting right wing dictators that allow U.S corporations to pillage countries of their resources.
How can the United States spread democracy when we don’t really have a democracy ourselves? Technically no country is a democracy but rather a republic. Even then, the United States is controlled by a small group of large corporations. Are we really in a position to be spreading the tannates of democracy while most people can’t get adequate healthcare? Does our own government represent the interest of the working people of America? Maybe the NED needs to spend some of its funds promoting democracy here at home before we go around spreading it elsewhere.
The NED to this very day continues to take taxpayer money in order to overthrow democratically elected leaders around the world. Just one tiny part of that involves funding a media websites including one called Bellingcat. Bellingcat actively promotes imperialism throughout the world, but especially in Syria.
The State Department funds the NED, who then funds imperialist media outlets like Bellingcat. To make matters worse, outlets like Bellingcat pose as independent media, when in reality, they are funded by the State Department. Essentially, they are a mouthpiece for the CIA.
There is no corner of the globe that hasn’t been affected by the NED in some way or another. They involve themselves in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and even Africa.
The NED spent copious amounts of cash opposing progressive Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez in the early 2000s, as well as movements in Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, and Albania.
Let’s not get bogged down with all the details, the main point I’m making is that the United States government comes up with more creative ways to overthrow democracy. Gone are the days of covert CIA operations. Now overthrow is more out in the open under the guise of “spreading democracy.” In order to preserve our own democracy we must disband the outright corrupt NED.