Is democracy enough?
I’ve asked that before
. R.J.Rummel argues persuasively that stable full-functioning democracies are the key to worldwide peace. Retired from the Univ. of Hawaii, Rummel is anything but retired in fact – he’s going full force over on his blog
. In a response to his piece on self-determination
, I raise some dissenting points
. Perhaps it is more rhetorical than substantial. In any case, his reply is cogent
(scroll half way down). Isn’t the blogosphere great?
Where are the moderate Muslims? A well publicized rally
for Muslims against Islamic terrorism drew only a hundred and was condemned by large and older Islamic groups. Still, the myth of moderate Islam continues. Why do people need this myth? It reminds me of those on the left who cling to the myth of socialism. Through out the 20th century as nation after nation tried socialism and failed, some just can’t give up the myth.
Pssst, hey you on 43rd St.
From New York Times article via Jihad Watch
: religion plays a role in the killings in Iraq. I’m shocked, shocked
Libertarians come in two flavors
There are two types of libertarians: utopian and reality-based. 9/11 has separated these two camps like no other event. The Libertarian Party and now the Cato Institute
has joined the Independent Institute, Lew Rockwell, Von Mises Institute in the utopian side of the street. The utopians believe we can stay within our borders and no one will hurt us. To keep this religious belief intact, they have to blame the victims for jihadist violence. Like the left they chant: we brought it on ourselves.
On the Reality-based side are The Objectivist Center
, The Ayn Rand Institute
, To The Point
and now the newly formed Neo-Libertarians
. These groups hold a “peace through strength” philosophy and 9/11 was a call to arms. The Neo-libertarians are an interesting addition and worth keeping an eye on.