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Old 01-04-2012, 01:30 AM
sapeye sapeye is offline
 
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Default Re: Means and Ends (Joshua Cohen & Glenn Loury)

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Originally Posted by Diane1976 View Post
But maybe he will make people question the opposite extreme which is the idea of the US dominating everything and everybody and, in a different sense, abandonning the world order it created, for an "imperium".

I think Obama's on the right track, a middle road, in spite of all his lack of experience, which showed, and his difficulties.
I agree that the US needs to be involved in creating international institutions that can constrain everyone's behaviour. The problem is that the US exempts itself from such constraints. In a way it's like the mafia keeping order in the neighborhood. Better than chaos, but if you happen to be paying them protection money to survive, not a whole lot better. Obama has great rhetoric, but his actual behaviour doesn't seem much different from Bush's. He continues to expand the American empire.
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