Radio Free Asia. Formerly a CIA operated radio station designed to subvert state authority in the name of “freedom and prosperity.” What implications does this propaganda broadcasting machine have on Asian nations, specifically states that are already having trouble trying to create a stable country?
I am reminded of what occurred between East and West Germany. Although East Germany, has been seen in a negative light post 1970’s, it was not always a bad place to live in contrast to West Germany. West Germany was more open to debate and political battles because of the difference in ideology placed upon them by the victors. The instability these political battles caused West Germany to fall behind East Germany politically and economically. One may argue that the West was jealous of the Soviet-run East Germany because of how efficient it had become under a Communist system, which only gave all people, one goal and one dream of a social paradise. The same could be said for pre-1970 North Korea, which were outproducing and out performing South Korea due to their stability and Soviet style economy. However, what happened after the 1970’s in East Germany was the desire to seek more. What had caused the East Germans, who were once satisfied and superior to the West to give up what they had for more? It was propaganda from the West. Images and promises of new cars, furniture and a chance to pursue ones own dream of being rich and never working again, which normal West Germans could rarely achieve (but the E. Germans never knew that), that captured the imagination of the East Germans. Now they wanted more, now they considered their stable and flourishing economy, insufficient and pointless if they could not have what the west “could” have, not that most West Germans could afford these things anyway. The point was people no longer cared about what they had as long as their was something to tempt them away, the sin of envy, the desire of lust, the sin city that was once all of Berlin, had re-emerged, to break people free of the spell they believed the Soviet Union had put them in.
So what does this mean? Are people are happy or borderline satisfied with what they have until they are tempted with something better? Why settle with an average wife and a happy family, when there are pretty, sexy women calling for your ass every single night. The call of nature tells us to spread our seed everywhere, so why bother settling down? Why be satisfied with a Toyota Corolla when you could have a Ferrari? Humans have never been practical, hence the failure of ideologies that expect people to be practical. People are animals that desire to be alpha, and until the information age hit us, many of us just brushed it aside. However, most of us can’t live that way forever, by the time we get old we want to be cared about, we want the young to look after us, we want social security? So when instability causes so much pain, death and suffering, why does Radio Free Asia choose to broadcast their programs, which prevents states from stabilizing and possibly stop conflicts in Asia for good? Well, because instability is profitable. Profit in the name of a “just” cause is even better. In the name of “American-style” democracy, many will fall, many will rise, but all we know in the end is Radio Free Asia is here to tempt, but its also an investment. In times when American economic woes are of big concern, congress still pours big dollars into RFA and I believe that it is an investment they expect to pay off. Arm sales? Freedom fighters? Who knows what RFA will give America, but at least to them, profit is profit. Even at the cost of true human unity, the acceptance of different ideology, cultures, ideology and “peaceful co-existence” some people believe some are more important than others. Maybe it is time for the downfall of the superpower who chooses itself, and not world stability, world peace, and the lives of everyone else.