Rebuttal to Nathan

Brad De Long delong at econ.Berkeley.EDU
Tue Mar 21 10:44:32 PST 2000

>Seth Ackerman wrote:
>>So what does democracy mean here? What is the proper unit of democratic
>>deliberation? Kosovo or Serbia? Bosnia or the Serb Republic? Croatia or
>>Krajina? Yugoslavia or Bosnia? I'm not sure there are any certain answers.
>Follow out the logic of the interventionists and the fundamental
>democratic unit is the ethnic group, which, given the mixing of
>groups in the Balkans, requires lots of displacement. When Serbs do
>it, it's genocide; when others do it, it's in the pursuit of
>Seems like a multiculturalism based on purified units living in
>isolation rather than people of all sorts mixing it up with each

Well, after Srebnitsa and company I have more sympathy for people who think that living cheek-by-jowl with Serbs is unhealthy given the present complexion of the Serb government.

Of course, after WWII I have *lots* of sympathy for people who think that living cheek-by-jowl with Croats is unhealthy given the fascist tendencies of Croat governments.

And at times I think if we just moved 'em all to Dayton they would realize how much they really had in common...

Brad DeLong

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