Towards A Good Samaritan World

Sunday, November 21, 2004

I just posted a new article on my website: "Guelfs and Ghibellines." About why the country votes Republican and the city Democrats. And the latent power of the UN. And some other things.

[UPDATE: Belmont Club has a great post about the competing worldviews of Jacques Chirac and Paul Wolfowitz, on which I might impose my own labels "Guelf" and "Ghibelline." His conclusion is great:

History may remember Jacques Chirac as one of the most prolific institution builders of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. The European Union and the United Nations are but some of the multilateral projects he sought to strengthen in the belief they would serve as a prototype for the future ordering of the world. Wolfowitz's vision seems altogether more complex. He seems unwilling to speak of institutions outside the context of empowerment, as if to speak of instruments of governance without freedoms was tantamount to prescribing tyranny. Their difference of opinion may be rooted, not so much in an argument over bureaucratic arrangements, but in their view of the nature of man himself.

Guelfs love order and systems; Ghibellines are attracted to adventure and to personality...]


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