When Thomas Jefferson created the foreign policy guidance theme called “Empire of Liberty“, he was not referring to Democracy Promotion. No, he was referring to Freedom Promotion. Further defining the purpose of government: To enforce freedom, security and equality for all Individuals. This is a post entry designed to highlight the key differences between Neolibertarians like myself have against Neoconservatives like George Bush.
Now, just what might Democracy promotion be? Well, it is the idea of spreading electoral government to the world, meaning for example enemy nations can make their democracies as tyrannical as they want and as Anti-American as they want their democracies to be. I can objectively tell you “Look, this is a really, vastly bad idea. This is bad for America! Most libertarians, including me, do NOT support Democracy promotion!”
- Democracy is simply rule by elections based on popular vote. There are many variants of Democracy:
- Liberal Democracy is the variant the upholds the Liberalism of the Age of Enlightenment.
- Hybrid Regime is a type of democracy wherein there are no social freedoms and there is no transparency.
- Totalitarian Democracy is the kind that Iran and Pakistan have been since 1979 and 1956 respectively; and we have made the grave mistakes of making Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Egypt into in respectively 2003, 2001, 2011 and 2012; democracies where the only human right citizens are allowed is the right to vote, with even that being restricted.
The spread of freedom to the world, on the other hand, is something that is far more based in reality:
- The guarantee of protection of liberty, justice and equality for all is by freedom; not by democracy
- There are plenty of monarchies AND democracies in Europe whose Constitutions prohibit them from infringing on freedom.
- Britain for example has an officially Protestant monarchy yet is one of the economically freest, and socially freest nations on Earth
- The current muslim Brotherhood government of Egypt is Democratically elected yet has managed to turn Egypt into a theocratic Authoritarian regime that murders my fellow Irreligious simply for being Atheists, Deists, Agnostics and Ignostics. But that regime does have democratic elections.
The other thing is that Freedom promotion typically happens best through free trade and globalization, the latter being the element of cultural exchange.
Lastly Freedom Promotion is fully compatible with libertarianism, knowing that libertarianism is an ideology of upholding liberty and freedom as its principle objective. Thomas Jefferson’s views by today’s standards would be most accurately summarized as libertarian, but he still created this theme “empire of liberty” to illustrate for us our job to spread, NOT democracy but rather FREEDOM, to the world.
Well, next time I post here, I am going to speak of how Libertarian Parties around the globe need a foreign policy that, in the words Wikipedia uses to describe libertarian instinct, “seeks to maximize autonomy and freedom of choice, emphasizing political freedom, voluntary association, and the primacy of individual judgement.” In the mean time thank you all for seeing this out,