30.8.05

Tom Palmer en Irak

Tom Palmer est une personne admirable, un combattant de la liberté, un modèle pour tous les activistes libéraux et libertariens.
Senior fellow au Cato Institute, il revient d'un voyage en Irak (voir cet article court sur le sujet, et le billet sur son blog) où il a contribué à répandre les idées de liberté auprès de l'Iraq National Assembly notamment. (voir sa présentation disponible en PDF et PPT)
Il détaille ses actions dans la dernière édition de la Cato's Letter. En voici quelques extraits, où il explique les quelques buts qu'il s'est assigné pour ce voyage:
First, to meet pro-freedom Iraqis to whom I could offer assistance in establishing pro-freedom and free-market think tanks, publishing houses, magazines, or similar ventures. I met a number of remarkably brave and dedicated people. I provided six of them with the resources to travel to Turkey, where they took part in a series of libertarian conferences and spent time with libertarian academics and political activists to learn more about running such organizations.
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My second goal was to meet people who could establish an Arabic-language website that would provide both a library of libertarian classics and ongoing commentary from a libertarian perspective.
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My third goal was to commission translations of important texts in the libertarian tradition. I had already produced a bilingual version of Cato’s pocket Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, with English and Arabic on facing pages. I distributed them to political activists and to members of the Iraqi parliament, and they were extremely popular. The Law, by Frederic Bastiat, is already available and has been very well received in Iraq.
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My fourth goal was to explain that a democracy of the sort worth striving for is not merely the unbridled rule of the majority, nor a path toward “one man, one vote, one time,” but a system of limited government dedicated to the definition and protection of right.
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I worked to create messages that would be understood by Iraqis and that would explain how liberty has roots in their civilization. The Powerpoint presentation on “Basic Principles of Constitutional Democracy” was requested by a number of people (it’s amazing how many people carried USB “thumb drives”) for use in their own presentations.
Espérons que ses efforts se traduiront par de réelles avancées des idées libérales et libertariennes en Irak. En attendant, n'oubliez pas de visiter son excellentissime blog.

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4 commentaires

Blogger Chitah a écrit...
Tom Palmer parle du blog d'un de ses amis, un soldat engagé en Irak (un libertarian, sisi, apparemment ça existe): Voir ici

Le blog vaut vraiment le coup, les photos sont notamment assez jolies.
à 1:52 PM
 
Blogger melodius a écrit...
Pour ma part, je trouve qu'il n'est guère glorieux de débarquer dans les bagages d'une armée d'occupation.

Chacun son truc.
à 4:53 PM
 
Blogger melodius a écrit...
Je n'aime pas trop non plus les petites polémiques stériles qu'il entretient contre le Mises Institute.
à 6:57 PM
 
Blogger gil_caeiro a écrit...
Oui, Chitah, espérons-le... Mais au temps du père Saddam, ce n'aurait guère été possible...
à 8:38 AM
 

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