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Consider the cost of going to war against some country with an
Authoritarian leadership. The evidence of the past suggests this
can be many billions of dollars --for one example, consider the
invasion of Iraq to depose Saddam Hussein.
Now some folks with political power simply like having that
political power, and this Idea probably won't work for them. But
others have been known to use their position of political power to
hugely enhance their own wealth (Marcos of the Philippines comes
So, suppose various nations who didn't like the authoritarian
leader of some other nation decided to get together to offer that
leader a retirement package? If, for example, the leader of North
Korea was offered, say, 20 billion dollars to quit, would he take it
? (The amount offered should depend on various factors, including
the projected cost of forcefully removing a particular leader from
power.) If the leader accepts the retirement offer, then there
would be one less bad guy in political power making other nations
Would the leader who replaces the one who retired be as bad as
the one who retired? Only time will tell!
||(starts running for election)
||Similar characteristics to the Peter principle.
||This is, surely, based on the presupposition that one
has the right to interfere in the internal politics of
other sovereign states?
||However, it might work. I am pretty sure that China
could raise the necessary money to oust the US
president repeatedly, until they had one they liked.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], the notion is ethically no worse than
hiring a foreign national, expecting him or her to leave a
current job for your job-offer. In this case the "hiring" is
about "retiring" instead.