Friday, November 11, 2011

How Does Condoleezza Rice Define Democracy?

If you want a humble foreign policy don't vote Mitt Romney. He is betting on the continued strength of the "Condoleezza Rice faction" within the GOP. Two populist @MittRomney tweets in recent days confirm this strategy once again:
Only when the ayatollahs no longer have doubts about America’s resolve will they abandon their nuclear ambitions
Overheard conversation at G-20 another sign of Obama's low regard for Israel and its leader...I will stand by our allies, not tear them down
Condoleezza Rice uses the new IAEA report, which Tom Woods describes as a "Colossal Non-Event" to make this comment on Iran
"The U.S. should consider tougher penalties against Iran’s government and “be doing everything we can to bring it down”
What is Condoleezza Rice's ideological background and worldview. Rice described Josef Korbel (who was the father of Madeleine Albright, a future U.S. Secretary of State), as a central figure in her life. Josef was a jewish diplomat from eastern Europe that fled the NAZI's and the Communists. What are his ideological roots? Josef Korbel served as advisor to Edvard Beneš , the exiled president of Czechoslovakia.
Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is quoted as saying that one thing she “shares with Madeleine Albright is the belief that democratic values are at the heart of peace and stability in the world."

Rice and Albright on US Foreign policy during Bush:
Albright says she thinks her father would be upset by developments in U.S. foreign policy.
"It's ruined America's reputation," Albright says. "He cared so deeply about America and felt so strongly about what an important source of authority it was."
But Rice has a different interpretation of Korbel's philosophy.
"When we're faced with questions about why you are willing to risk so much on behalf of people in the Middle East, Iraqis or Afghans, it's hard for me to believe that he would have wanted them abandoned to tyranny," she says."
Strange exchange between two interventionists that demonstrates how Rice underestimates or ignores the threat of domestic tyranny. The threat of domestic tyranny plays a central role in Ron Paul's campaign. A great Ron Paul quote from @RonPaulsvoice

"America was founded by men who understood that the threat of domestic tyranny is as great as any threat from abroad"

How does Condoleezza Rice define "democracy". It could well be that she is a disciple of Charles E. Merriam’s philosophy that the United States can be delivered to communism by slow and gradual movements. Charles Merriam instructed on how to implement adverse changes in the Constitutional system, and bring forth communism on the coattails of the Constitution itself.
Merriam coordinated and edited a series of comparative studies by political scientists on the use of expertise in policy making, civic education, and public opinion.[47] Merriam's contribution to the series, The Making of Citizens (1934), was highly laudatory of Soviet Russia, Nazi Germany, and Fascist Italy's use of these tools to strengthen the sense of national purpose and achieve policy goals.
Merriam was a member of the "Commission" which had published its report in 1947 that called for a "free" press in the modern sense of being "responsible". Frank Hughes countered with a ringing affirmation of the Bill of Rights and the "old-fashioned" American ideal of the freedom of the press. Chicago Tribune reporter Frank Hughes pointed out that the basic idea:

to make the press "accountable" or "responsible" to society or the community, which … can only mean to government. … If liberty means anything at all, freedom of the press is freedom from the government.
Popular Radioshow host in Iowa Steve Deace did an interview with Tom Woods yesterday in which Iran and foreign policy is discussed.


Anonymous said...

Someone, well, a friend who has issues with pushing democracy on Africans, asked me this question the other day:

"How would you construct a democracy without political parties or elections?"

I came up with alot of things but how would you do this, Vincent?


Vincent Harris said...

The main reason to start this blog was to explore how migrants can impact democratic development both at home and abroad. After having participated in the shadow parliament The Third Chamber on development cooperation and international affairs, I wrote a proposal titled: "Migrants as ambassadors for democratic development"

I argued recently that Donald Tusk's pro-EU campaign strategy in Poland is an example of the influence migrant workers in the EU are having on elections back home.

Intead of a top-down push for democracy I argue for a bottom-up approach that focuses on democratic development both in the country of origin AND the country where migrants reside.

Anti-western rhetoric in Africa and elsewhere (which is complemented in the west by arguments that culture in both Islamic and animist Africa is holding back development) is intellectual lazyness and should be surmounted.

Instead of chosing between anti-western rhetoric and blaming culture thought leaders could emerge that have the willingness to learn from thinkers across the world.

Especially modernism seems to have been a movement that tried to bridge the gap between elites, people and nature without becoming populists or resorting to plattitudes.

Modernism seems to have been a movement that challenges both elites and the people. That's what moves the ball across the field in terms of democratic development.