March 12, 2005

Post-Democrats Coming to Rhode Island

Carroll Andrew Morse

Steven Stycos has a short article in this week’s Providence Phoenix previewing a set of protests scheduled for next weekend, the second anniversary of the Iraq war. A quote in the article from Carol Bragg of the Rhode Island Peace Mission illustrates contemporary “progressive” thought on what a proper American foreign policy might look like. According to Stycos,

To prevent future Afghanistans, she says, the US should encourage debt relief, fair trade, development, and security
Three out of four items on the list are economic. Democracy, freedom, individual rights, etc. are nowhere to be seen. They are not of interest to the American left, who assume that democracy and freedom are luxuries afforded to those who benefit from properly managed economic growth.