On Saturday, November 10, 2001 4:33 AM Mike Linksvayer firstname.lastname@example.org
>> To add weight to this "internal policy" argument, it's notable that it
>> only after both West Germany and Japan shook off a lot of the continued
>> economic interventions from the US and other Allies that their economies
>> started to take off.
> Germany and Japan each also benefitted hugely from previous experience
> with industry, democracy, etc.
> Afghanistan has no liberal tradition
> AFAIK. I really doubt the US can by force of will and money create
> anything more than a thin veneer of a liberal society in Afghanistan.
I agree. Bosnia -- the current example of nation-building -- only continues
to exist as long as NATO troops and Western money pour in.
The line "The collapse of communism from internal stresses says nothing
about the long-term viability of Western democracy." reminded me of Hoppe
stating that social democracies are only a less advance along the stage to
collapse in his _Democracy -- the God that Failed_. This is not necessarily
a helpful prognosis. Knowing it might come does not a) help us avoid it or
b) tell us how to avoid it. (Of course, Hoppe recommends
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