Tuesday, October 4, 2011

PSA

. Tuesday, October 4, 2011

A bunch of smart people (Downes, Fearon, Nye, others) discuss in print whether/why regime change doesn't "work". Perhaps of interest to some readers. I'll just say that regime change "works" almost every time we attempt it, in that we usually succeed in changing whatever regime we want to change. What doesn't "work" is subsequently establishing a liberal democracy that cow-tows to our every wish.* Which seems like another matter, distinct from "regime change" and requiring its own term. But I don't get to make the rules.

*The wish is seldom defined. Our own democracy never fulfills our own every wish, which I believe is a true statement no matter how you identify "our".

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