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Sunday, December 15, 2002

 

A thought..
Here's a thought for the day. American conservatives are very often accused of two things--one, a desire to force the United States' governmental and economic system, and two, bullying people all over the world to maintain American dominance. The problem is, those two alleged flaws are mutually exclusive.
Think about it--if someone honestly believes that, albeit flawed, the best governmental and economic system in the world (or even one of the best, or remotely good), and then also desires to see other countries develop these systems as well, isn't that person wishing a good thing upon them, even at the risk of that country overtaking the United States by using its tools? Both the slim possibility that the fall of Chinese communism may be beginning, as mentioned below, and this post from Orinn Judd have gotten me thinking about this. Seriously, if China did become a capitalist, democratic nation, it would give the US a serious run for its money in the realm of--well, pretty much everything. And yet, I think the number of coldly cynical conservatives who would rather see China remain communist is much lower than those who would welcome the nation into the free world--just as we would do with Iran and Iraq, and hope to do with Afghanistan, once all is settled there. We want other nations to be like us so that other nations can also be successful. Part of this is the conservative belief that when one prospers, all prosper. This is why we do not begrudge the rich their money--the way our system is set up, they make it possible for others to have money as well. It's a strange, optimistic aspect to modern conservatism, but its one I happen to enjoy.
And so, I'll support democracy and capitalism all over the globe, even if the US ceases being the only superpower--because I'd love it for everyone to have the opportunities that we have here in America.
Overly idealistic, perhaps. Remarkably arrogant, certainly. But when I look around the world today, I find it very difficult to disagree with myself.
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