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Posts by Immanuel Goldstein

I don't “make them out to be more peaceful”, they are less atrocious than the alternatives.The horrors committed by the Khmer-Rouges were their responsibility alone.Dismantle the police in a country and see if people build trust in the system or have any willingness to abide by the law. The system is only trusted when it has teeth.Most countries respect international law when it suits and noty when it doens't in this troubled world, some countries are under a mignifying...
Most of which happened within conflicts in which they were involved. Liberal demcoracies are not adherents to Ghandian non-violence not should they, some of their actions are mistaken and reprehensible, they are made by humans not angels.I stopped caring when I saw the the Khmer-Rouges being given free rein by the very same international law (not that I expected much of it before but even my low expectations were disappointed).To have an actually functioning international...
That's not claiming that all alternatives are "authoritarian". That is showing that some are always tempted finding some alluring traits in some other form of regime, often authoritarian, but not always (there are a few lunatics praising Somalian warlordship as “more freedom from coercive central government” too).When involved in conflict, even liberal democracies fight sometimes, and sometimes it gets nasty. And while I often disagree with some Israeli policies, I...
There's the daily newspaper Le Monde and then there's the monthly Le Monde Diplomatique (whose Norwegian edition is apparently in question), those are two different publications; nuance. Not that I care much for either publications' credibility. As for Nine-Eleven, everybody who's anybody knows it was my nephew Ezekiel who dood it.
Where did I say that? There's also open-competition between governments a.k.a. total chaos as in southern Somalia, completely lacking in coherent political authority.There are differences in stability, median income, prevailing political culture, social fabric, etc. between different liberal demcoracies, yet they all allow change of administration following consultation of citizens, the free political debate, and sufficient civil rights, and you won't find among them...
Observing that liberal democracies are a not as bad a deal as the alternatives is not glorifying them.Not “one system of belief”, certain systems of government.
You see countries at war constantly, some of them are liberal democracies, many are not. And while liberal democracies can be known to regrettably indulge in excesses while at war, they tend to do it less than illiberal despotisms, which also indulge in it without having war around.In “those which are not liberal democracies”? Not liberal demcoracies. As in all those genocides of the twentieth century, all committed by non-liberal non-democracies.In every generation there...
It is. Yet it is more debated than it is debatable.
Since you seem to accept as source my link above: “A nation-state is a specific form of state (a political entity), which exists to provide a sovereign territory for a particular nation (a cultural entity), and which derives its legitimacy from that function.” This does not exclude the existence of ethnic minorities not the inclusion of ethnic-minority citizens with civil rights. And it does mention Italy and Germany as nation-states (under the heading “Origins”)You...
This may be your defintion of nation-state,not the commonly accepted one.Israel, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, Spain, are nation-states, the US and Canada are not.You were right at “I don't know”.No there is no such debate, there is a wide consensus in the population about Israel being the nation-state of the Jewish people, with civil rights to minority citizens and recognition of national minorities (such as the official status of the Arabic language).You may not know how...
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