Mark Humphrys (politics)


Politics - The modern right - The right and freedom

  The Past - The defence of the west has involved crimes

The Present - Western foreign policy is still flawed

Everyone should still support America

A world without America

Name the country that has done more good than America

Most racist and least racist countries

The Newsroom speech

The "Asian Century"?

The world's oldest (and best) democracies

The U.S. military

Europe and America


The right and freedom

As I explain here and here, I am a libertarian or a classic (18th century) liberal. I agree with liberals on things like domestic civil liberties, free speech, free private life, freedom of sexuality and freedom of religion (and freedom from religion).

But I agree with conservatives on things like the economy, crime and foreign policy.

Liberals lead to freedom at home, but are disastrous abroad. Only conservatives understand how the world as a whole works - that the world is full of folly and brutality, that the west is imperfect but the best there is, that it must now and always be defended against its enemies.

Reagan speech on the 40th anniversary of D-Day, 1984.
"Forty summers have passed since the battle that you fought here. You were young the day you took these cliffs; some of you were hardly more than boys, with the deepest joys of life before you. Yet you risked everything here. Why? Why did you do it? What impelled you to put aside the instinct for self-preservation and risk your lives to take these cliffs? ... You all knew that some things are worth dying for. One's country is worth dying for, and democracy is worth dying for, because it's the most deeply honorable form of government ever devised by man."

The right has the best record on freedom

Having destroyed the Nazis, Mussolini, Imperial Japan, the Soviets, Milosevic, the Taliban and Saddam, America and its "right-wing" supporters are, it seems to me, the greatest defenders of freedom in practice in this world.

I do not deny that the defence of the west has involved crimes, the worst of these by far being the bombing of civilians in WW2, and the collaboration with Russia in WW2. But the fundamental points remain, that the left will not support, that: (a) the west is the best part of planet earth - everywhere else is worse, and: (b) the west does need to be strongly defended.

SR-71 Blackbird strategic reconnaissance aircraft.
Public domain image from here. More here.
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The Past - The defence of the west has involved crimes

I am pro-West, but I agree that many crimes have been committed over the past century in the defence of the West.

Some crimes helped contribute to the defence and survival of the west. Other crimes were not needed at all. They include:

My idea of an ethical foreign policy is to only ever be allies with free countries. But I have sympathy for the politicians, who are often faced with horrible choices. I accept that to defend the west without any alliances with unfree regimes seems impossible. Unfree regimes (notably Pakistan and Kuwait) were essential to the wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. Should their help have been rejected? I accept that it is easier to be an idealist than a politician.

Worse than Pinochet, El Salvador, Saddam, the Afghan Mujahideen, Suharto, Marcos, Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.
This is the worst example of realpolitik in the history of the West - the alliance with the Soviets in WW2.
US government poster, 1942. Public domain image from here.

"The Cairo and Teheran Conferences ... gave me my first opportunity to meet the Generalissimo, Chiang Kai-shek, and Marshal Stalin - and to sit down at the table with these unconquerable men ... I met in the Generalissimo a man of great vision, great courage, and a remarkably keen understanding of the problems of today ... Today we and the Republic of China are closer together than ever before in deep friendship and in unity of purpose.
After the Cairo Conference, Mr. Churchill and I went by airplane to Teheran. There we met with Marshal Stalin. ... I may say that I "got along fine" with Marshal Stalin. He is a man who combines a tremendous, relentless determination with a stalwart good humor. I believe he is truly representative of the heart and soul of Russia; and I believe that we are going to get along very well with him and the Russian people
Britain, Russia, China, and the United States and their allies represent more than three-quarters of the total population of the earth. ... those four powers must be united with and cooperate with all the freedom-loving peoples of Europe, and Asia, and Africa, and the Americas. The rights of every Nation, large or small, must be respected and guarded as jealously as are the rights of every individual within our own Republic. The doctrine that the strong shall dominate the weak is the doctrine of our enemies - and we reject it."

- FDR's disgusting "Fireside Chat", 24 December 1943.
He talks as if the democidal tyrants Chiang Kai-shek of China and Stalin of Russia share the same vision of the world as the democracies do.
Does he really believe this? He talks as if he does.

The Present - Western foreign policy is still flawed

American foreign policy is still today often in conflict with American values of democracy and freedom.

Not its support of the democracy of Israel, which is perfectly right and proper.

Rather its support of unfree states like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Pakistan, that share no common values with the west, and where human rights do not exist. These regimes should be dumped by the US. It is long overdue.

How to criticise policy while still being pro-West:

  1. Ralph Peters shows how to criticise policy while still being pro-West:
    • Peters is as gung-ho and idealistic a supporter of Bush's war as you will get, and what he criticises America for is what I criticise it for - its appalling "realpolitik" history of support for Arab tyrants.
    • Our True Enemies - "Until the recent war against Saddam's regime, we never stood up for freedom in the Arab world."
    • Bush's speech of 2003 indicates that he gets it (or at least, that the debate is raging in his administration).

  2. Michael Ledeen also does a good line in scepticism and caution. He is gung-ho in favour of the war on Islamism, but worries that we are not serious enough.
    • Our Moment of Vainglory worries that the diplomats are going to turn military victory into defeat - by allowing the establishment of "friendly tyrannies" in Iraq and Afghanistan. If so, the war will only be postponed, not ended.

  3. Cox and Forkum blog also does a good line in scepticism, and thinks the US has not got remotely serious enough with Islamist and communist states. They also refuse to be happy with Iraq and Afghanistan until these countries become free societies.
    • "Our SOB" - Cox and Forkum fed up with the realpolitik support for the tyrant of Uzbekistan, just because he is useful in the War on Islamism.

  4. Capitalism magazine also shows how to criticise the Bush administration while still remaining clearly onside and pro-War-on-Islamism. Indeed, they criticise the Bush administration for caring too much what Europe and the UN think.

What Democracy Is

The main debate on the right, among the pro-West critics above, is whether it is acceptable if regime change leads to simply a leader chosen by the majority (the narrow definition of "democracy"), or leads to an actual free society (the broader definition of "democracy").

Everyone should still support America

Despite the above issues, America, the oldest democracy in the world, is the country in the world best suited to hold power, and every lover of freedom should support America at a time like this.

A world without America

People need to consider what it would be like if America did withdraw from leading the world.

The main criticism of the dream of socialism / communism is that it is not enough to criticise the existing world and propose alternatives. It is necessary to prove that the alternatives are better.

Similarly, it is not enough to complain about America being the only superpower. It is necessary to prove that the alternative world is better, not worse.

The video "A World Without America".
By 18 Doughty Street, Feb 2007.

Name the country that has done more good than America

It is true that America has committed crimes, but can you name any country in world history that has done more good than America? I cannot.

The Statue of Liberty, for generations a beacon of hope to the oppressed peoples of the world, that here, at last, was a land where they could be free.
Photo by Bjorn Ruwald, 2004. See terms of use. From here.

The American public understands the world pretty well. Would the Irish public be so sensible?
From Feb 2015 survey.
Note the high rank of Israel, and the low rank of the thuggish PA.
Note the low ranks of Iraq and Afghanistan, who have rejected American attempts to make them better places.
Note the low rank of America's "ally" Pakistan, which sheltered Bin Laden.

Most racist and least racist countries

The World Values Survey surveys racist attitudes around the world. And of course the West comes out looking pretty good.

The world's most racist (red) and least racist (blue) countries. (Grey not surveyed.)
See full size. From 2013 article.
The numbers are similar but a bit different to the ones I found in the database above.
The least racist places in the world (among those countries surveyed) were: United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Guatemala, Britain, Sweden, Norway, Latvia, Australia, New Zealand.

The Newsroom speech

Leftie propaganda show The Newsroom makes a big speech about how America is not the greatest country in the world.
Of course, some of his facts are lies. The US is 178th in infant mortality?? What a load of rubbish.
And 180 countries in the world have freedom?? Complete nonsense. He knows nothing about the world.
But apart from that, allow me to suggest (as a non-American) a few things in reply.

Reasons why America is the greatest country in the world:

  1. No.1 in Nobel Prizes (by a long, long way).
  2. No.1 in Nobel Prizes in the Sciences (by a long, long way).
  3. Dominates the top slots in world university rankings.
  4. No.1 in scientific citations (by a long, long way).
  5. No.1 in patents held.
  6. Lead nation in exploration of solar system.
  7. Dominates world's most popular websites.
  8. No.1 in number of Internet sites.
  9. No.1 in size of economy.
  10. Dominates the top slots in world's largest corporations.
  11. No.1 in number of billionaires (by far).
  12. Oldest democracy on earth.
  13. By far the most powerful military on earth.
  14. Leading country in War on Fascism.
  15. Leading country in defeat of Nazi Germany and Axis Japan.
  16. Lead country in War on Communism.
  17. Lead country in defeat of Soviet Union.
  18. Lead country in War on Global Islamism.
  19. Restrains dictators, invaders and adventurers all over the world.
  20. Guarantees free trade and free shipping lanes.
  21. Listed as no.1 ally by more countries than any other country by far.
  22. No.1 choice of the world's immigrants (by far).
  23. Completely dominates world movie box office.
  24. No.1 in books published.
  25. No.1 in foreign aid.

And again, just ask the leftie scriptwriters what is the greatest country in the world, if it is not America, and watch them stumble. They will either (most likely) refuse to answer, or else you will get some mumbled hilarious answer like "Sweden". Come on lefties, give us your answer! Who is your number 1?

The world's 15 most powerful countries in 2014, by European Geostrategy, says that Britain is still the no.2 world power - in fact the only power with global reach apart from America.

Complete idiot thinks America is no.1 in infant mortality.
This is Ahmadi Qasim Rashid.

The "Asian Century"?

There is a rather implausible idea that the 21st century will be the "Asian Century". That China or Asia will lead the world.

This is often announced by people who don't think much of America.


Global allegiances, 2022.
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From A World Divided: Russia, China and the West, Centre for the Future of Democracy, Oct 2022.

The world's oldest (and best) democracies

"To Kill An American".
America is not a place. It is an idea.
This is why non-Americans like me can get so excited about it. Whereas so many countries represent some ethnic or tribal identity, which leaves non-members utterly cold.
Where this excellent short video perhaps goes wrong is in failing to understand that those who want to kill Americans (such as fascists, communists and Islamists) know precisely that America is an idea, and they hate that idea. Islamists, for example, absolutely hate the idea of freedom of religion.
Ignore the crap written by the guy who posted this to YouTube.

Ah, I see the source of the naivety. "To Kill An American" is by the naive and innocent Matthew Modine.

Europe and America (separate page)

"And in some small corner of this vast country, out in Nevada or Idaho or these places I've never been to but always wanted to go - I know out there, there's a guy getting on with his life, perfectly happily, minding his own business, saying to you, the political leaders of this country, "Why me, and why us, and why America?" And the only answer is because destiny put you in this place in history in this moment in time, and the task is yours to do. And our job - my nation, that watched you grow, that you fought alongside and now fights alongside you, that takes enormous pride in our alliance and great affection in our common bond - our job is to be there with you."
- Tony Blair's address to Congress after the toppling of Saddam, July 2003, on why America has the thankless task of saving the world (and why everybody else in the West should support them).

"I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism."
- The unimpressive President Obama, Apr 2009, when asked whether he believes in American exceptionalism.
Well I am not American, and let me reply. I am Irish, and I do not believe in Irish exceptionalism. Ireland has proven again and again (WW2, Cold War, Israel) that while it is a perfectly nice democracy, it has no political leadership (or even moral leadership) role to play in the West. I do believe in American exceptionalism, even if Obama doesn't. America has proven again and again that it is the primary defender of the West and of human freedom. We all look to America for leadership, and we hope that President Obama is not as bad as his awful rhetoric makes him out to be.

In memory of Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004.
The man who won the Cold War for the free world.
The man who destroyed communism.
The man to whom we owe our freedom.

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