Very interesting responses!!!
I never knew what to think about the Iran deal. If they could be – not ‘trusted’, but ‘verified’, to use a phrase of Reagan’s when dealing with the Soviets – I would support it.
But I don’t have a feel for the inner life of the regime – how smart are they? Smart enough to have an all-ready-but-for-the-assembly atomic bomb arsenal, hidden from inspectors? They’re certainly not smart enough to hide their intentions towards the Israeli’s, whom they promise to ‘wipe off the face of the earth’ from time to time.
A very stupid thing to do, since the Israelis are not nice kind liberals where their own survival is concerned. (There are many wonderful historic artefacts in Iran. If I were an Iranian, I would be advocating moving all that could be moved to some place way outside the blast range of a nuclear weapon.) And now that they’ve got a de factor alliance with the Sunni powers … I wouldn’t want to live in Iran at all.
Anyway, I hope they’re as rational as Alaska_Slim believes they are.
You say ‘the right owns neocolonialism’. Could you define the latter term, and explain what you mean by saying we ‘own’ it? Certainly the Left, as you define it … i.e. people from The Nation wing of American liberalism on out … is ‘anti-colonialist’, in the sense of not wanting to see Western countries controlling Third World countries.
Otherwise, they’re mainly indifferent to what happens in the Third World, like almost everyone else in the advanced countries is. In particular, they don’t want to think about the great economic progress that has been made there over the last few decades, thanks to nasty old capitalism, and this despite the fact that when the whites left Africa, these countries did not become democracies, but fell into the hands of their incompetent kleptocracies, with plenty of inter-tribal bloodshed to make things exciting.
A for Latin America … I don’t think the policies of the 70’s and 80’s of the US towards Latin America are still just the same today. There is now more emphasis on restraining the bloodthirsty military, perhaps just for PR reasons, but it’s real.
Then, there was great fear of Communism spreading in Latin America, and the US had an enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend attitude towards the rightwing dictators who exterminated the Left in their countries – the same attitude everyone in the Free World had towards Stalin during WWII (although many on the Left then did not see Stalin as an ‘enemy’).
Things changed with glasnost and perestroika. Now the US presses for these regimes to be at least nominally democratic. I think it’s also wrong to call most of these regimes, in Europe or Latin America, ‘puppet governments’. “Client states” is perhaps closer to the mark.
I notice you didn’t reply on the question of Free Speech, where I believe the Left and the Right have exchanged their traditional positions. What’s your own view on it? Do you think it’s right to shout down conservative speakers on campus, or attack our parades and rallies? Do you think AntiFa are basically good people, doing what they can to stem the fascist tide?