Imperialism is good
Posted 01 March 2007 - 06:51 PM
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Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:00 PM
Replacing one barbaric culture with another barbaric culture is still just friggin barbarism. You can call a duck a turtle. But it is still just a duck. Would you consider slavery barbaric?
Posted 01 March 2007 - 07:01 PM
Posted 01 March 2007 - 11:05 PM
I don't know. The scary corporation doesn't frighten me as much as it used to. When I was a liberal I used to harp on and on about the evilness of the corporation but I really am not seeing it as I get older. This is not to suggest that no corporation does any evil. Only that most corporations do good. Of course I am against bad corporations doing bad things but I've stopped turning that sentiment into "all corporations are evil."
The corporation (along with contemporary government) has very direct accountability to the people. If the people are not relatively wealthy then they will not be able to purchase the products sold by the corporation. Also: hundreds of years of history has borne out evidence that individuals working for the sake of their enlightened self-interest has led to human freedom, equality of classes, and material prosperity. The corporation is just another manifestation of this spirit in action.
And I'm not claiming that the means associated with all of imperialism are good. Only that the outcome tends toward the betterment of the "conquered" people in the long run. Doesn't that end up being true?
Perhaps you are right. I wonder if the "war on terror" was just an excuse for the US to play a stronger role in the middle east. I wonder if that might cause the middle east to eventually democratize? I wonder if that is a bad thing in the long run.