The Cold War

23 Oct 2022 12:50

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Aspects of particular interest: how it shaped domestic developments in America; the cultural struggle aspect.

Let me expand on just one of those brief statements. One idea I'm increasingly interested in is that a lot of what people like me find attractive about contemporary western liberal capitalist democracies was shaped by reaction against our idea about the enemy, as well as (to some extent) the need to compete with them for influence and prestige. If we are actually open-minded, inclusive, and respectful of our fellows' choices about how to live their lives, that is at least in part due to recoiling so hard from what we perceived as a totalitarian opponent, as well as needing to not give them easy propaganda points.

See also: the USA; the USSR; China; Afghanistan; War; Nukes; Space exploration and the space race; Espionage; Totalitarianism