Opening markets cannot magically transform totalitarian regimes into democracies — at least, not as long as the rulers maintain a stranglehold over civil society.
The first basic principle is agency. The central issue in that premortal council was: Shall the children of God have untrammeled agency to choose the course they should follow, whether good or evil, or shall they be coerced and forced to be obedient?
The Progressive Movement depends on the surrender of its opposition in order to gain ground.
If past is prologue, we should all be alarmed by the wanton aggression of the Putin regime as it illegally annexes Crimea, as well as the impotence and fecklessness of the Obama Administration as it hems and haws over how to “punish” the emerging Russian super power with minor economic sanctions.
When I was a cute little chick I had a lot of hopes and dreams. The other animals in the barnyard were important to me and so I tried to include them in those hopes and dreams. You know I love to bugaaawwwk! I mean bake. My dream was to have an endless supply of flour to bake beautiful bread and cakes and cookies.
While Rockwell was doing a Michelangelo, his inspiration, FDR, was trying to figure out how to take down and re-build the United States Constitution. In FDR’s 1944 State of the Union Speech he schooled Americans on the virtues of big government.