Comments on: Middle East’s “Game of Thrones” Sun, 28 Jul 2013 14:34:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: FoxxDrake Mon, 29 Aug 2011 19:53:37 +0000 This was a wonderful analogy. I love Game of Thrones. It’s simply the BEST thing on television. Period. Well at least since “the Wire.” That said, it dove-tails in nicely with the changing nature of the world.

However, it also builds on our understanding. Ayn Rand once said, “all dictatorships are altruistic at their core.”

But she was WRONG! Look at all these petty little dictatorships…well, perhaps not so petty or little…such as Iraq, Syria, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt and so forth and so on…all over the world!

90% of them run by “strong men” or “strong families” – where an “altruistic” state is TOTALLY absent! In fact, there’s not even a pretense of altruism. In fact, it’s the opposite…it’s “we’re going to crush you, unless you support me.”

Looks like Ayn Rand was TOO obsessed with Hitler and Stalin … who it looks like were the exception and NOT the rule. They promised “altruism” and Hitler (for a time) even delivered…Stalin never did and shares more in common with these “tin pot” quasi-monarchs, then Der Fuhrer ever did.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not praising Hitler or Stalin but it look like a state that “takes care of the people” (is altruistic) is anything BUT a dictatorship but rather a democracy…or at least a social-democratic republic.

It looks like Ayn Rand “super-man” would most likely come from today’s Canada, England, France, German and/or Sweden.

Notice how I left the United States OUT!

By: Pred Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:52:28 +0000 Nice story about Libya, Syria and sultans. What about Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain and similar ‘friendly’ sultanates?

By: breezinthru Mon, 29 Aug 2011 08:55:00 +0000 There seems to be someone or a group of people making decisions for the Libyan rebels and coordinating with NATO. I hope that Reuters soon introduces those people to readers. I’d like to learn a little more about them.

I recall hearing a brief, Libyan rebel-on-the-street interview that was thoughtful and fairly well articulated. He clearly preferred an elected government over the sultan-style regime.

However, the man spoke fairly good English. The skeptic in me wonders how he learned English, how he made his money before the revolution, what his educational background is, and whether he was really just a random guy, chosen for the interview because he could speak English or whether he was chosen by the rebels as a quasi-official spokesman.

Because the Libyans have no practice with democracy, it seems that there would be an increased risk of “Here is the new boss, Just like the old boss”.

I hope the Libyans don’t get fooled again.

By: zevw Mon, 29 Aug 2011 06:36:39 +0000 urownexperience: I wouldn’t paint all religions with the same brush. Christianity has done a lot of good for the world; not always in its history, true. But it’s done a lot. Even if it’s not always fashionable to say it. :)

By: MohamedMalleck Mon, 29 Aug 2011 03:22:20 +0000 And what, if I may ask, is the principle that, for supporters of the American regimes of the past two decades, underpins their “real animating or guiding philosophy”? The idea that it is America’s manifest destiny to be the global hegemon?

By: adjinn Mon, 29 Aug 2011 03:18:16 +0000 @urownexperience Agree with everything except that “Religion is not the answer”. In fact the correct religion is the answer. Which that correct religion is we can debate on another forum.

By: geesam47 Fri, 26 Aug 2011 22:26:51 +0000 And someone said this looks like a peaceful description of what our party system looks like.

By: urownexperience Fri, 26 Aug 2011 20:16:15 +0000 Until there is a fundamental change in human nature, greed, hatred and the illusions of ego will trump any progress. Religion is not the answer. It is part of the problem.