Where would I find Jean Kirkpatrick qoute "History is a better guide than good intentions" with citation?Was Jean Kirkpatrick qoute "History is a better guide than good intentions" written in a...

Where would I find Jean Kirkpatrick qoute "History is a better guide than good intentions" with citation?

Was Jean Kirkpatrick qoute "History is a better guide than good intentions" written in a document or speech?

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Kirkpatrick wrote an article for the November 1979 issue of Commentary magazine titled "Dictatorships and Double-Standards" where she criticises the Carter administration's foreign policy, where she states: 

Since many traditional autocracies permit limited contestation and participation, it is not impossible that U.S. policy could effectively encourage this process of liberalization and democratization, provided that the effort is not made at a time when the incumbent government is fighting for its life against violent adversaries, and that proposed reforms are aimed at producing gradual change rather than perfect democracy overnight. To accomplish this, policymakers are needed who understand how actual democracies have actually come into being. History is a better guide than good intentions.

Kirkpatrick, Jeane. "Dictatorships and Double Standards." Commentary, Nov. 1979. n. pag. Web. 22 April 2011.<http://www.commentarymagazine.com/article/dictatorships-double>

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