The New Burkeian

Reflections on the Revolution in Conservatism

Thursday, January 06, 2005


First off, I am happy to see the return of Ali from Iraq the Model. He has started a new blog entitled Free Iraqi. Recently he discussed the possibilities for Democracy in the MidEast. He also discusses the differences in life in Iraq since the Coalition of Democracies ousted Saddam. You can only present the bad side of Iraq so much before word gets out about the good side. Ali presents much hope for the future of Democracy, not only in Iraq, but in the MidEast, and the world in general. As long as America keeps linking policy to the internal nature of foreign regimes (ie Democratic Reform), we stand a good chance of winning the WoT. And if you're curious about the idea of internal linkage, read Sharansky's new book "The Case for Democracy".

I usually start off my daily web surfing by perusing the sites listed on my sidebar. I can usually link to a few more interesting things from those sites. This is how the New Burkeian usually generates posts. Often I have an idea ahead of time, but I rely on these links to give weight to my ideas. Recently, I've added some new links to blogs and other sites. I encourage anyone who checks this site out to check out some of these links more often.

As I have stated more often recently, the WoT and the promotion of Democracy needs to transcend political ideologies as we understand them in America. Liberals and conservatives should generally agree with the inherent good in the promotion of Democracy. There will be isolationists that oppose this push, and old school realists that believe security and Democracy have no internal link. But those two schools of thought lie within both ideologies, as the promotion of Democracy should lie within both conservative and liberal ideology. So the push should be for those of us that do believe in Democracy as a unifying force to push that within our own ideological groups.

I recently heard a liberal from the New Republic speaking out on these same ideas. At first I was horrified. Then I realized that it was only natural that some from the Left should become enlightened to the ideas the Administration is putting forth. We can disagree on the reforms of the tax code and social security, while working together to promote Democracy. How do you think we won the Cold War? It certainly was not from a stark division in ideological interests the pundits would have us believe exist today in America. As I have said many times, the rhetoric is very important. There are no ulterior motives in the WoT beyond the promotion of Democracy and the destruction of the terrorist infrastructure.

I must admit that my identification as a conservative has limited my ability to persuade those on the other side about the inherent good in the promotion of Democracy. Mr. Sharansky discusses this fact in his book. He avoided being identified on either side for years in fear that he would be marginalized. I could start a new blog, but I do not wish to. Yes I am a conservative, but I also believe in the big picture. And that picture includes a world of Democracies that gets the same opportunities as Americans to bicker over petty issues (heh).

Linkage of our foreign policy to the internal nature of foreign regimes is crucial. Both conservatives and liberals fought the Cold War, but one man ultimately set us on the winning strategy. And it does not matter what ideology he hailed from. He simply linked our relationship with the USSR to the internal freedoms of its peoples. Once people within the USSR tasted the few drops of freedom they received the whole system of tyranny fell apart. At two different junctures in history "experts" believed that the Japanese, Germans, and later, the Russians, were doomed to authoritarian rule because of the nature of their peoples. Cultural relativism is dead in this aspect. Freedom and Democracy were not out of their reach. The same is true for Iraq and Afghanistan. Some day the same will be said for China, Palestine, and Iran. We must link our policies to internal policy, though.

So join the New Burkeian in the quest for Democracy. Let us transcend ideological lines for a better future. Being an Actionary has nothing to do with being a conservative or a liberal. Being an Actionary means you have hope for the future of the world. It means you have hope for the future of Democracy. And it means you have faith in the political process we ourselves participate in. You do not always win, but your voice will always be heard.


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