In Democratic Individuality, I argued that at a high level of abstraction, modern conservatives, liberals and radicals believe that the best economic, social and political institutions foster each person’s individuality. Their differences are largely empirical or social theoretical. All clash with modern authoritarians. I will take up practical issues such as torture and the lineage of the neocons and link them to larger issues in how we conceive a decent regime, locally and internationally.
Petition Congress: sign the nuclear deal with Iran
The following petition is being circulated by the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center in Boulder, and by some of us in Denver to Colorado representatives. But anyone can adapt it to their own community, including abroad.
To add your name (and organization) to the list, just send me an email OK:
Senator Michael Bennet Senator Cory Gardner Rep. Jared Polis Rep. Diana DeGette
We are writing to urge you to make a public statement in support of a final Iran nuclear deal. As concerned organizations and citizens of Colorado, we are in support of an Iran deal because failing to secure an agreement could lead to war.
We urge you to vote for approval of the Iran deal and block any vote of disapproval. The U.S. diplomatic team has achieved great progress in creating a robust framework for a final agreement that will cut the number of Iran’s centrifuges by two-thirds, reduce the amount of low enriched uranium from 10,000 kg to 300 kg, and give IAEA inspectors access to nuclear facilities and the entire supply chain.
If Congress continues to undermine this effort, and ultimately disapproves of a final agreement, the international sanctions regime would quickly unravel, the progress that has been made would disappear, and U.S. credibility would be tarnished.
Congressional disapproval could lead the American people into a war with Iran. The costs of this war would be calculated in the billions of dollars, in global instability, and in thousands of American and Iranian lives. Former Mossad chief Efraim Halevy even argues that any war with Iran would be “generations-long.”
The American people deserve the security that an Iran deal would provide. The alternatives are tragic and unacceptable.
Please let us know your views on this matter at your earliest convenience.