Here’s a challenge: Can you name one difference between what the media refer to as “world opinion” and Left-wing opinion?
Take all the time you need. But no matter how much time you take, you probably won’t come up with any examples.
Here are examples of major world issues and what is deemed “world opinion.” They happen to all be Leftist views as well.
— hatred of President George W. Bush and admiration of President Barack Obama
— Manmade carbon emissions lead to global warming and devastation of the environment. Therefore, the world’s nations must tax carbon-based energy.
— The American invasion of Iraq was morally wrong, motivated by desire for oil.
— Israel is bad, as exemplified most recently by the Turkish flotilla incident.
— The American free-enterprise system is inferior to Europe’s welfare-state systems.
— The American health care system is inferior to that of all other wealthy countries (see last week’s column).
This list in no way differs from a list of Leftist positions. Nor would any other list of “world opinion” positions differ in any meaningful way from Leftist positions.
Why is that?
The most obvious answer would be that much of the world is Leftist in its views. Therefore, Leftist positions and world opinion are the same.
The truth is, for reasons to be explained, there is some validity to this explanation.
But there is a deeper and more accurate explanation: The world’s media and virtually all international organizations are Leftist in their politics, and they both define “world opinion” and in turn shape it.
Of course, there are other powerful institutions in the world that shape public opinion. But virtually none contravene the Left-wing views of the world’s media and world organizations on world issues.
Take Islam, for example. Islamic institutions shape the opinions of the majority of the world’s billion Muslims. But while the Left and Islam diverge on a great number of issues — women’s rights, gay rights, individual rights, press freedom, freedom of dissent, religious pluralism, just to name a few major ones — they coincide on international issues and views of America.