The U.S.'s Hidden Asset: Global Capitalism

Our bid to spread democracy has had mixed results. What other countries really want is capitalismand there, the U.S. is the undisputed leader

For the past seven years our political leaders have been trumpeting the spread of U.S.-style democracy, with decidedly mixed results. Developing countries aren't eager for the U.S. to impose its form of democracy on their fledgling—and often fragile—governments. In fact, many of them resent our government's attempt to tell them how to run their countries, especially when threats of "regime change" are not so subtly mentioned. It is U.S.-style capitalism, not democracy, that is spreading like wildfire around the globe.

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