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The ongoing vitriol among the neoliberal and neoconservative commentariats obscures the commonality of the nature of their shared DNA, at least in the realm of foreign policy, in that they both subscribe to the doctrine of melioratory, altruistic foreign intervention, without heed to the dictates of national interest, and a naive belief in the natural superiority of democracy as the ultimate and correct system of government for all nations and cultures, whatever their development or traditions may happen to be. In this they are not too distant from their Athenian forbears, who by their exportation of democracy ensured only their own eventual destruction, or, for that matter, the exporters of all past ideologies who so often precipitated world-consuming conflict.

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