“Gallimaufry I,” by Stephen F. DeAngelis, Enterprise Resilience Management Blog, 9 June 2006, http://enterpriseresilienceblog.typepad.com/enterprise_resilience_man/2006/06/gallimaufry_i.html (from Connecting in Conversation).
Steve DeAngelis quotes Tom Friedman and references Tom Barnett, deftly tying the world’s greatest globalization pundits together:
Harry Truman’s great achievement, argued Mr. Beinart, was persuading his party and the country “that anti-Communism was a liberal principle, not just a conservative one, and that Democrats had their own strategy to deal with it — a strategy that included powerful international institutions like NATO, which made American power legitimate abroad, and civil rights, which made America a better country at home.” Democrats need to do the same today. That means, he said, building institutions that can intervene in failed states, offering their own strategies for confronting the jihadists, and dealing honestly and decently with prisoners in this murky war. [Emphasis added]
One of those institutions would be Tom Barnett’s System Administrator Force, whose primary purpose is to aid failed states or secure the peace in post-conflict situations. Even more important than institutions, however, is the establishment of an approach that can be used to help coordinate the activities of extant institutions. As I have often written, we believe that Development-in-a-Box with its standards-based foundation and flexible framework is such an approach.
Tom Barnett has two strategies for Shrinking the Gap: the A-Z Ruleset for Invading and Repairing States and Globalization Itself for Lifting Poor Countries Up.
Building the System Administration force is definitely part of this. Sadly, too many in Congress oppose shrinking the Gap. This comes from both the left, such as the Democratic Party’s opposition to free trade with Central America, and the right, such as the Republican Party’s opposition to immigration.
We have a lot of work to do. But it’s worth doing.
Shrink the Gap!