You have nothing to lose but their chains

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy promotion. All the Powers of Old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Eurocrat and Chancellor, Schroeder and Chirac, French Radicals and German protestors. A (very liberal) paraphrase of the opening to the Communist Manifesto. How can you join this spectre? ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast.

A spectre is haunting Europe -- the spectre of democracy promotion. All the Powers of Old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Eurocrat and Chancellor, Schroeder and Chirac, French Radicals and German protestors.

A spectre is haunting Europe — the spectre of democracy promotion. All the Powers of Old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Eurocrat and Chancellor, Schroeder and Chirac, French Radicals and German protestors.

A (very liberal) paraphrase of the opening to the Communist Manifesto. How can you join this spectre? If you’re a college student, click over to OxBlog, where Josh Chafetz and David Adesnik are “arguing for an international student movement to coalesce around democracy promotion.” Chapters have already opened at Yale, Brandeis, Columbia, and — more nebulously — Iran. Click here for the Oxford group’s Statement of Principles. And remember: “DEMOCRATIZERS OF ALL COUNTRIES, UNITE!!!

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner

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