Scott Horton Interviews Robert W. Merry

Scott Horton, April 07, 2012

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Robert W. Merry, editor of The National Interest, discusses his article “Unmasking the Democracy Promoters;” the National Democratic Institute’s recent problems, from threats of prosecution in Egypt to expulsion from the UAE; the generous government financing of so-called non-governmental organizations; how foreign policy “realism” compares with the other major ideologies; and the growing number of countries, including Russia and China, angry about US NGOs interfering in their politics and elections.

MP3 here. (21:50)

Robert W. Merry is editor of The National Interest and the author of books on American history and foreign policy. His next book, Where They Stand: The American Presidents in the Eyes of Voters and Historians, is due out on June 26 from Simon & Schuster.

7 Responses to “Robert W. Merry”

  1. Interesting conversation… I think that many people in the Middle East want to see some change in their governments (to different degrees, depending on the country), but that doesn't mean that they want the kind of political system found in the US or Europe – where people don't seem so happy with their governments, either.

  2. Democracy — Slavery by and for the upper half most wealthy

    Be it a dictatorship, democratic Republic or socialism, all governments are ruled by the upper half of society, the 50% most educated and wealthy.

    But, the advantage in democracy is the way it fools the uneducated lower half the best, gaining submission and stability from the laboring class the best. Empire USA for example, for a half of the children in America suffer poverty, a forth suffer malnutrition and yet not one peep do we hear from any slum about a rebellion. The Occupy Wall Street movement for example, not hardly a single laboring man in any protest. And the half of American voters that never show up at the polls, they being the 50% most impoverished, why should they waste time voting for their next set of dictators?

  3. Democracy — Rule by the upper half most wealthy

    USA for example, for a half of the children in America suffer poverty, a forth suffer malnutrition and yet not one peep do we hear from any slum about a rebellion. The Occupy Wall Street movement for example, not hardly a single laboring man in any protest. And the half of American voters that never show up at the polls, they being the 50% most impoverished, why should they waste time voting for their next set of dictators?

  4. John, what utter rot. Half "suffer" poverty and a quarter from "malnutrition". I suppose if you piss away your money on cable TV and fast food you're damn certain to suffer from something but they certainly don't suffer from stupidity. You are correct in pointing out that it is by and large a waste of time voting for the typical swine that is hand picked to rule over the plantation.

  5. Some of the things Scott and his guest opined about Russia aren't correct.

    -The opposition in that country is TINY, very fragmented and confined primarily to Moscow. The US ambassador in that country along with NGO's have been aiding the "opposition groups" in that country- some of these groups are overtly fascist, neo-liberal, nationalistic and some of them hate each other more than Putin. As the election results clearly showed, the people in Russia are generally happy with Putin, especially once you contrast it with what they had in the 90's – as Scott's guest correctly stated. There is presently no viable alternative to Putin but the elderly Communist Zyuganov (been there done that) and the oligarch Prokhorov (who wants to cut all social programs and raise the work week from 40 to 60 hours). Given these choices, it's not hard to see why the Russian electorate wouldn't stick with what they know. Many of these opposition groups are considered "fringe" by a majority of the Russian electorate, and in no way do these groups pose a threat of any kind to Putin. IMO, the NGO's are wasting their money on these groups.

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