Sunday, February 27, 2011

Niall Ferguson on bo's "foregn policy"

Niall Ferguson ( who I met in Toronto a few years ago) talks about bo's failed foreign policy. He also has an interesting perspective on revolutions. He tells obama what he needs to do. Again explains why I admire Edmund Burke.

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4 comments:

Alex said...

Oh man! This is hilarious. You can hear them choke on their coffee and painfully defend the Obama administration. Too funny.

been around the block said...

Blonde bimbo Obambam cheerleader interviewer can't believe her ears! She's aghast! Up against Mr. Ferguson, who obviously knows his stuff (he goes out with Aayan Hirsi Ali in addition to being a world-renowned historian and a professor at Harvard, Oxford, and the London School of Economics), she's out of her league.

The jury's definitely out about the future of "democracy" in the ME. As Mr. Ferguson makes quite clear, uprisings like the one on the Egyptian street rarely end happily, rarely result in democracies.

http://www.niallferguson.com/site/FERG/Templates/Home.aspx?pageid=1

been around the block said...

Re the Aayan Hirsi Ali connection, here's what Niall Ferguson has to say about her:

"Ali understands better than anyone I know what Western civilisation really means – and what it still has to offer the world.

[She] grew up in the Muslim world, was born in Somalia, spent time in Saudi Arabia, was a fundamentalist as a teenager. Her journey from the world of her childhood and family to where she is today is an odyssey that's extremely hard for you or I to imagine.

To see and hear how she understands western philosophy, how she understands the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, of the 19th-century liberal era, is a great privilege, because she sees it with a clarity and freshness of perspective that's really hard for us to match. So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is."

been around the block said...

Re the Aayan Hirsi Ali connection, here's what Niall Ferguson has to say about her:

"Ali understands better than anyone I know what Western civilisation really means – and what it still has to offer the world.

[She] grew up in the Muslim world, was born in Somalia, spent time in Saudi Arabia, was a fundamentalist as a teenager. Her journey from the world of her childhood and family to where she is today is an odyssey that's extremely hard for you or I to imagine.

To see and hear how she understands western philosophy, how she understands the great thinkers of the Enlightenment, of the 19th-century liberal era, is a great privilege, because she sees it with a clarity and freshness of perspective that's really hard for us to match. So much of liberalism in its classical sense is taken for granted in the west today and even disrespected. We take freedom for granted, and because of this we don't understand how incredibly vulnerable it is."

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