Jewish Champions of First Amendment or something
mschor at suffolk.edu
Tue Sep 12 05:41:53 PDT 2006
Pinochet was less repressive than Allende? Somoza was less
repressive than the Sandinistas who were democratically voted out of
office? Supporting the overthrow of a democratically elected
government in Guatemala in 1954 because, among other things, it
favored nationalizing United Fruit's holdings enhanced civil rights?
This is support for repression (which is a nice word for state
sponsored murder) over democracy. Miguel
On Sep 12, 2006, at 3:03 AM, Ilya Somin wrote:
> I think Mark is missing a crucial distinction here. Those on the
> right who supported repressive foreign regimes during the Cold War
> did as a purely tactical consideration: these regimes were
> considered to be valuable allies against a greater evil and also to
> be less repressive than the available alternatives in their own
> countries (often communists or left-wing authoritarians). In much
> the same way, both liberals and conservatives accepted the USSR as
> an ally during WWII because the alternative of losing the war was
> even worse. Such prudential alliances of convenience may or not
> have been justified (I think they were right in some cases but
> wrong in others). But they are very different from a belief that
> the repressive foreign regime in question is actually a good regime
> and a model for the US to emulate. The latter, of course, was the
> view held by members of the CPUSA.
> Ilya Somin
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> ----- Original Message -----
> From: MARK STEIN <markstein at prodigy.net>
> Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2006 2:56 am
> Subject: Re: Jewish Champions of First Amendment or something
>> If we are going to say that you are not a champion of the First
>> Amendment if you support a repressive foreign regime, that rules
>> out not only all Communists during the Cold War, but also the
>> entire Right and also the Cold War liberals in the center. The
>> only ones eligible would be the democratic Left, which I suppose
>> makes sense.
>> Actually, Right and Center during the Cold War should probably be
>> considered less eligible than Communists, under this criterion,
>> because they had government power in America and they used it to
>> keep foreign repressive regimes in power.
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