The apparent collapse of the communist threat around the world raises the important question of what principles should guide
These developments have generated sharp controversy in
Several neoconservative analysts celebrated
The democracy cheerleaders met with fierce opposition from a newly emergent group of isolationists, led by Patrick Buchanan.
On the other hand, even outside the Soviet bloc, countries that have no evolved democratic or market traditions are adopting free elections and free enterprise, and quickly reaping gains in prosperity and freedom. Who would have imagined that the Buddhist and Confucian traditions of the
What the foreign policy experts need to consider is the best possible objectives that seem universally desirable. Nobody maintains that economic and political freedom are bad things; the only question is how most effectively to promote them. In this area it seems imperative to avoid the fallacies of extreme moralism and extreme realpolitik.
American foreign policy cannot be animated by moral principles alone. Foreign policy is not philanthropy, as the columnist Charles Krauthammer once put it. The
Dinesh D’Souza is a research fellow in social policy at the American Enterprise Institute in