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Thanks to YOU, we are Building Fortress VDARE stone by stone—help cement the success of our appeal with a tax-deductible donation here! https://vdare.com/posts/a-video-update-on-our-june-fundraiser-from-lydia-brimelow
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Should we energetically promote democracy worldwide, because it is the right and moral thing to do, though the American people clearly do not see this as America's cause? Should we intervene to help Ukraine retrieve Crimea? Should we fight to prevent China from consolidating rocks, reefs and islets of the East and South China Seas? Is preserving the independence of Taiwan, which we conceded half a century ago is part of China, worth a war with a nuclear-armed China? What role should U.S. public opinion play in the shaping of U.S. foreign policy? https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-what-is-america-s-cause-in-the-world
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In Europe, everybody saw their neighbors (and rivals) getting a printing press, so they had to get one too. The Ottoman Sultan didn’t have much in the way of rivals, so if he didn’t see what was so great about it, nobody else did either. Perhaps, although it might be worth considering non-Ottoman Islamic countries. For example, the first printing press in Morocco was introduced in 1864. No printing presses were known in Central Asia khanates until the Czarist conquests of the 1860s-1870s. Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal Emperors of India, was shown the printing press around 1580 by Jesuit missionaries, but didn’t develop an interest. So, maybe it’s an Islamic thing after all. https://vdare.com/posts/why-didn-t-muslims-print-books
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Thanks to YOU, we are Building Fortress VDARE stone by stone—help cement the success of our appeal with a tax-deductible donation here! https://vdare.com/posts/a-video-update-on-our-june-fundraiser-from-lydia-brimelow
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Should we energetically promote democracy worldwide, because it is the right and moral thing to do, though the American people clearly do not see this as America's cause? Should we intervene to help Ukraine retrieve Crimea? Should we fight to prevent China from consolidating rocks, reefs and islets of the East and South China Seas? Is preserving the independence of Taiwan, which we conceded half a century ago is part of China, worth a war with a nuclear-armed China? What role should U.S. public opinion play in the shaping of U.S. foreign policy? https://vdare.com/articles/patrick-j-buchanan-what-is-america-s-cause-in-the-world
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In Europe, everybody saw their neighbors (and rivals) getting a printing press, so they had to get one too. The Ottoman Sultan didn’t have much in the way of rivals, so if he didn’t see what was so great about it, nobody else did either. Perhaps, although it might be worth considering non-Ottoman Islamic countries. For example, the first printing press in Morocco was introduced in 1864. No printing presses were known in Central Asia khanates until the Czarist conquests of the 1860s-1870s. Akbar, the greatest of the Mughal Emperors of India, was shown the printing press around 1580 by Jesuit missionaries, but didn’t develop an interest. So, maybe it’s an Islamic thing after all. https://vdare.com/posts/why-didn-t-muslims-print-books
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