Last Updated: 02.11.2005 – 2:35 AM – THIS ARTICLE IS A WORK IN PROGRESS!!!
First off, for me everything comes down to one question: “what will minimize suffering in the short/mid/long term?”
Consequently, while the answer to the above question seems to me to align with the political right, my interest lies SOLELY with the desire to understand: I am open to changing my position as, quite possibly, my present understanding may be incorrect. This issue is too important for egos to play any role in the formation of one’s opinion.
Also, I do know that much of what is here may sound like right-wing rhetoric, but please, if there is something that is obviously wrong, point it out to me, and I will change my view to take your comments into account.
Having said that, the following is how I perceive our world:
All countries are somewhere between Western and non-Western.
- The Western countries have decentralized capitalist democratic governments
- The non-Western countries are ruled by centralized elites having totalitarian control
Most are somewhere inbetween, but it’s safe to say that most are significantly closer to one of the above.