“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Hopefully now that the world is no longer operating in a two super power zero sum game atmostphere our foriegn policy can reflect our values...and hopefully those values are to spread the rule of law and representative forms of government.
“Capitalism is the astounding belief that the most wickedest of men will do the most wickedest of things for the greatest good of everyone.” John Maynard Keynes
I wonder, at times, if our people can do the right thing with these things which the conservatives love so..
The people under a fairly benevolent government living in peace and harmony....more or less.....our national interests have to be secondary to the people....this could be, oddly enough, where Russia is ahead of us...
I say that we should support authoritarian regimes if the alternative regime is also bound to be authoritarian. If our enemies in the country are truly democratic then we should not intervene or even reconsider who our enemies are. Communism has fallen, so any true democratic movements are less likely to be anti-US in nature. However, if it is a war between two dictators then we should support the one that is the most friendly to us if that is the most feasible solution. We should only stop support in that situation if human rights violations start to take place under our ally.
Democratic does not equal uno governmento bueno. Rather than worrying about what type of government it is, let's worry about the human rights. Saudi Arabia has very poor human rights, while South Korea isn't wonderful, but workable.
But, basing alliances solely on human rights isn't really practical. SA controls a lot of the world's oil and SK is a strategic partner in Asia. Some times you choose your allies based on what they can do for you and then you use those alliances to slowly push them in the right direction. Or as Marge Simpson would say: "I prefer gentle nagging to affect change."
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
Authoritarianism is the opposite of liberty, therefore I'm against it.