A Novel Idea….

March 11, 2008 at 12:20 pm (U.S. Foreign Policy)


Slovenian philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek has recently put forth a rather novel idea concerning voting laws in the U.S. He says:

“I was asked by a academic journal if I were to hold the power for one day as president, and I would have kind of absolute power to introduce a law, what law that would have been? My immediate answer was… let’s [allow] everybody in the world, except US citizens, to vote and elect the American government. I think it would have been much better for you, even, because we all outside the United States would project our desires into how you should be.”

Now hold on just a minute there, Mussolini. Are you actually suggesting that other countries should be allowed to have an authoritative say in how we conduct our affairs? That other nations have the right to impose their thoughts, culture, and way of life upon us? Wouldn’t agreeing to that kind of external control be distinctly un-American?

Well, on further consideration, I would say that our submitting to external forces would indeed be un-American, but our forcing other countries to submit to our way of thinking, our culture, our will, and our military — well, that’s about as American as baseball and Chevrolets.


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