Club Med as Opposed to Club Dem


Viikko 8


Motion: THB that democracy can/should be defined again in the 21st century
Role: PM (govt.)
Date: Oct 20th, 2013

Tourism and Democracy

Dear Assemblage, the Chair, Ladies and Gentlemen,
in my speech, I’m going to speak for some unorthodox methods for defining the level of democracy in the world. Usually democracy is defined through the indexes of the UN, OPEC, WB, Harvard or some such institution. Just as there was a McDonalds Index of this or that, my goal is to prove that tourism is a reliable means for saying how much of a democracy a given country is. So let’s start off.

France and England lead as the destinations of global tourism. Everybody has been to or thinks that London and Paris are great [desti]nations to go to. Accidentally, France and England are also prime examples of democratically ruled nations. Republic policies, lest we forget, coalesced into being in France. Today still Frenchmen’s democratic traditions correlate favourably with their touristic appeal. Wealthy Russians, in particular and on the other hand, like to flee to London to enjoy the kind of freedom of the press, religion, sexuality and speech that they do not enjoy at home. Arabs from the Middle East come to London for the same reasons, also to buy real estate, being flush with cash at the same time.

Tourism seems to love some countries for 4 reasons that I’m going to enumerate in the next bit. Let me also tick off some places that do not conform to my rule. Bangkok and the rest of Thailand is popular, but ruled by a military regime. Japan is a democracy, but it is more favoured by business tripsters. Cuba is a Socialist dictatorship, but draws increasingly people from abroad, many of them left-wingers and therefore in favour of such a destination. But these are exceptions that are supposed to confirm the rule of thumb.

The Four Things that democratic resorts and destinations have in common are Comfort, History, Technology and Tolerance. Namely, people go where they can comfortably keep tabs on the rest of the world, without being judged or spat on, while finding artifacts, monuments and things worth seeing at the same time. North Korea is not a touristic hot spot, and you would find it lacking in all of those four compartments: comfort, history, technology and tolerance.

All of this certainly has to do with the general openness that a country exhibits. Tourism enters the picture after a nation has come to terms with its past, its civil wars, its limits for other kind of growth and self-esteem among other nations. Internal contemplation and consummation leads to external, international curiosity.

Now I’d like some questions from you, so be so kind…..

To summarise, my speech was about how tourism has established itself as an index of the level of democracy a nation enjoys. In my speech, I mentioned a) two prime destinations (Paris and London), b) three notable exceptions and c) four reasons why tourism should have acquired this kind of exalted status among things that define a nation, republic, weal, happiness and so on. My speech will be followed by other like-minded speakers from our side. Thank you.


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