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from crux № 21 — American hegemony

Pardon me. but why?

Decades of playing the world's policeman has left many nations unable to defend themselves. In the name of the greater good, the US supported tyranny and dictators all over the globe. When we escalated the "War on Drugs," we destabilized whole nations and destroyed economies.

Applying the Golden Rule, we wouldn't like it if someone did it to us. Why should other countries feel differently?

We don't even have the excuse of a Cold War anymore.



We obviously didn't endorse dictators, we simply helped them keep even worse people at bay.

So Americans were morally better equipped to decide what tyranny was preferable for nations where we didn't even live?

But of course we weren’t responsible for the bad deeds that our dictators did under American protection…

I wonder how you would feel if another nation, say France, picked the US President and half the Senate? Would US citizens be responsible for the mess that would follow, or would France? Who do you think would be blamed? Would you bow to the moral superiority of France?



I'd say yes. It's the Mighty Mouse syndrome.

"Here I come to save the day!"



So when things don't go the way way we want, that's your response?

The occasional "wet" operation, arms and money…

These are not the actions of a freedom loving people. They are the actions of a bully. It reveals a need to meddle, because we think that the US knows best. We've been doing it since the Russian revolution and arguably it's made the world a worse place.

The most important point here is that the US would never stand for it if someone tried to do it to us. That was why I used the example of France.



*grins*

Trade. Immigration. Tolerance.

Those distinguish a growing civilization from a declining one.

If you don't believe me, just take a look at the trade routes. When the routes grew, the connected civilizations flourished.

And of course that implies that if you run from what I'm saying, your part of civilization won't flourish.
I started keeping my crux files because I noticed I kept getting into the same discussions in comment threads on other people’s web sites. After a while it just made sense for me to organize my thoughts by topic. These are snippets. It’s not in any particular order, it’s just discussions I have again and again.
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