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Moral and cultural relativism vs. ethnocentrism and neo-imperialism???
I lean towards neo-imperialism, because I think human rights and political freedom are more important than national sovereignty. I do think all the world should be democracies, and secular. I do think we should (when we can practically) invade countries and overthrow governments when they oppress and murder their own citizens. Tell me why I'm wrong.


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Posts: 292 | Posted: 06:06 AM on November 6, 2002 | IP
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Who said that killing and oppressing citizen's is a bad thing?  Answer your own question from the adoption thread.  I sure couldn't.


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Posts: 341 | Posted: 09:31 AM on November 6, 2002 | IP
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oooh, very clever. however, i have a good answer. I never said, and I do not think, murder or oppression are "bad" things. I just don't like them. It is an aesthetic preference, not a moral judgement. I am a psychological egoist. I get unhappy knowing people are suffering, so I want to end that suffering. It is not a moral imperative, and it is not altruism. I just want to be happy, and I don't mind using force to ensure it.


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Posts: 292 | Posted: 10:55 AM on November 10, 2002 | IP
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I agrre with your fist post Alexander the Great but on your second where you said you dont think murder and oppresion are bad things.  Your definatly wrong.  They are both horible.


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Posts: 23 | Posted: 3:34 PM on June 16, 2005 | IP
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I lean towards neo-imperialism, because I think human rights and political freedom are more important than national sovereignty. I do think all the world should be democracies, and secular. I do think we should (when we can practically) invade countries and overthrow governments when they oppress and murder their own citizens.


Your position is based on a presumption that culture is irrelevant to the political situation.  Do you actually believe that is it possible to successfully 'install' democracy in societies without understanding their histories or cultures?  

And people wonder why Iraq is such a mess.

Your "our way is the only way" mentality promotes conflict.

 


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Wouldent doing what was stated in the first post be wrong since we are oppressing some thing onto someone else???


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