depends (let me explain)
"After all, you know, there are worse things in life than death. I mean, if you've ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman, you know exactly what I mean."
Prediction: the libertarians will descend on this guy!
The US is the first dominant or imperialist power to be global and the first dominant or imperialist power to speak the language of democracy. The US's actions have put the whole idea, the language and institutions of democracy on trial.
Like any imperialist power you will have your day and then you will be out. That day is drawing near.
We should be more concerned about China's views on democracy.
George Monboit "Neoliberalism is inherently incompatible with democracy, as people will always rebel against the austerity and fiscal tyranny it prescribes. Something has to give, and it must be the people. This is the true road to serfdom: disinventing democracy on behalf of the elite."
America will always be #1
I think we need to differentiate between an ideology and the people that follow/abuse it.
There is ZERO justification for the kind of Stalinist crackdowns and killings in the actual guts of the idea of Communism. These methods were how Stalin chose to deal with the problems associated with their particular situation, be they bad or good, they were not Communism.
See my last post
I have a hard time with the idea that the populations of both Russia and China were a fringe minority.