Monday, December 20, 2010

Spreading the ideas of political freedom and market capitalism

It is important to continue to recall the nature of the ideological battle that was the Cold War. Millions have come of age with no experience of that time and will only know the Cold War through history books if they know anything about it at all. The struggle to spread the ideas of political freedom and market capitalism continues, but in a very different way. We need new words, concepts, and visions to appeal to people around the world.

The Cold War, for example, was won by the U.S. and its allies not so much by military means as by spreading the ideas of political freedom and market capitalism to other regions that, in the words of strategic thinker Stanley A. Weiss, "helped suck the lifeblood out of communism's global appeal," making it incapable of meeting the widespread yearning for a better and more-open life.

What's often forgotten is that this was mostly done by liberals.

2 comments:

Purpleslog said...

"What's often forgotten is that this was mostly done by liberals."

JFK/Truman/Scoop Jackson type liberals yes.

McGovern/Carter/Obama/TedKennedy/Kerry type liberals were/are somewhat/mostly on the other side.

Is there a Truman/JFK/ScoopJackson type liberal anymore?

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