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Submitted by Motty (Canada), Dec 27, 2002 at 20:57

First, I want to comment on the notion of the Anonymous, December 27 comment about "ideologies have disappeared", as if ideologies are bad in themselves.

The Capitalist ideology of individual's right to life, right to property earned by honest effort and right to pursuit of individual happiness unencumbered by governmental action is a great ideology. This ideology stems from the Objectivist Philosophy discovered by Ayn Rand. I say 'discovered', because this is the philosophy of Human Nature and life itself. It is not an invention of some well-wisher attempting to please.

Peace, democracy and free markets are a natural extension to Capitalist ideology, because Capitalism needs all three to sell its good and services, and profit -- for the benefit of users.

The recent outburst of Militant Islam visibly curtails the benefits Capitalism brings to the World. The Anonymous and I say that the threat Militant Islam brings to the World is not yet recognized. Instead of laying the responsibility for the safety of Muslim countries' inhabitants on the shoulders of their rulers, Americans and Israelis feel responsible for these 'innocent civilians'. My heart goes out for the 'innocent civilians' caught in the struggle, but their safety is not the West's responsibility. Only with this understanding in mind, can the West speedily and efficiently eradicate the terrorists of Militant Islam with minimal casualties to the World's population. The remaining 'innocent civilians' will be grateful to the West for bringing peace, democracy and world markets to them for the first time in their history.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
3The strength of democracy [250 words]Brian JacksonFeb 1, 2003 16:576231
Mandelbaum Premature? [440 words]Ruben PerlmutterJan 2, 2003 18:295434
4Democracy is dictatorship by the majority. [125 words]Goh Heung Yong.Jan 1, 2003 19:435393
Democracy [126 words]B DormanAug 31, 2006 20:335393
A Question of Race [44 words]Rophe OmegaMar 6, 2011 13:095393
Islamic history contradicts [30 words]Charles CouryJan 1, 2003 15:355384
Limited Government key [21 words]Ricardo PedrazaJan 1, 2003 13:345379
UK [112 words]IsaDec 28, 2002 10:455223
Peace, Democracy and Free Market [45 words]Muhammad SiddiquiDec 28, 2002 01:115211
Great Disaster [273 words]Dr Mac BarksdaleDec 27, 2002 23:095204
1Good ideology [250 words]MottyDec 27, 2002 20:575199
Re: peace, democracy, and free markets [212 words]David RomeroDec 27, 2002 18:105189
Mandelbaum [91 words]Martin SchulbergDec 27, 2002 16:075178
Islamic facisim [144 words]Glenn KlotzDec 27, 2002 14:205171
Vehement Disagreement with Mandelbaum [138 words]Sy SteinbergDec 27, 2002 10:425163
Too optimistic [190 words]Benjamin StephensonDec 27, 2002 09:105160
Totalitarian ideologies [252 words]AnonymousDec 27, 2002 04:585156

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