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Realists vs Ideologues: Understanding US Escalations - Analysis Panel w/ Mearsheimer & McGovern #42

After viewing a panel on recent events with Prof John Mearsheimer & Mr Ray McGovern, I venture to discuss and understand the interactivity between realists and ideologues in the US / West.
Published by Dr Jiulin Teng on 31 Mar 2022 · Updated on 31 Mar 2022
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After viewing a panel on recent events with Prof John Mearsheimer & Mr Ray McGovern, I venture to discuss and understand the interactivity between realists and ideologues in the US / West.
First, I lay out the points made by the two speakers, who represent the realists camp. Their main thesis is that the US / West is committing a strategic error in Europe.
Second, I discuss the points raised by the more ideological moderator and the audience. Their main points include 1. US should support democracy and self-determination globally, 2. US should fight for the democracy and self-determination of others, and 3. no country should be guaranteed a buffer zone (presumably against the democracy and self-determination of the locals). I rebuke them one by one, specifically pointing out that the interjection of an external force is by definition anti-democratic and violates the self-determination of the locals.
Third, I make the arguments that some of the "ideologues" are not really ideological. They're indeed "realists" who hold the specific brand of realism; they use ideology as an excuse to sell attractive values.
Lastly, I go over the two areas where escalations have already been made, economy and information. I point out that, even though American realists are bound by their specific circumstances, they are the ones that will save us from end-of-civilization events.
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