Niall Ferguson Quotes

The United States should be devoting a larger percentage of its vast resources to making the world safe for capitalism and democracy ... the proper role of an imperial America is to establish these institutions where they are lacking, if necessary ... by military force. Imposing democracy on all the world's "rogue states" would not push the U. S. Defense budget much above 5 percent of GDP... establishing the rule of law in such countries would pay a long run dividend as their trade revised and expanded.

 
Context
Critics of this idea ask what we do when the minority of fanatic terrorists attack our troops and officials who have "brought" the rule of law to a "rogue state" like Somalia. Suicide bombers and others who want only the rule of Islamic Sharia law as opposed to rule of our law.
Citations

Niall Ferguson, Historian, 2001

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Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson
  • Born: April 18, 1964
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Historian

Niall Campbell Ferguson is a British historian and works as a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. Previously, he was a senior research fellow at Jesus College, Oxford, a visiting professor at the New College of the Humanities, and also taught at Harvard University.