Humanitarian Intervention Index

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Matthew Turner has updated his Humanitarian Intervention Index (I don’t remember him doing a first version).

While satirical in intent and fascinating to examine, Matt should be careful here. Think of King Cnut and his commanding back the waves stunt. Think of Michael Young and his criticism of what he identified as “meritocracy”. In both cases people completely misunderstood what they were saying and the satire came to be viewed of as policy.

A hundred years from now we could all be ruing the day when John Reid went websurfing.

(Incidently, one change I would make to the index is on military spending. Surely you should aggregate all the military spending of all the countries that are bound by treaty to intervene in the case of an invation – eg. NATO?)

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