Wednesday, December 4, 2013

We Are All "Isolationists"

Justin Raimondo quotes a new poll showing that "52% [of Americans] say the United States ‘should mind its own business internationally and let other countries get along the best they can on their own" — Long Live ‘Isolationism’! The pollsters somehow see it as a contradiction that at the same time "most Americans say the benefits from US participation in the global economy outweigh the risks."

The explains to these morons that "extending peaceful commercial links with other nations has [nothing] in common with invading them, meddling in their internal politics, or otherwise bullying them around," and that "establishing voluntary non-coercive relations with other nations – otherwise known as international trade – is the polar opposite of military and/or political intervention in their affairs." Says Mr. Raimondo: "The American people know this. The Pew folks – not so much."

"Libertarian isolationism" was defined by Michael Lind, no friend of the philosophy, in The five worldviews that define American politics, pretty succinctly and fairly:
    Libertarian isolationism draws its adherents from both the left and the right. According to the libertarian isolationist interpretation of history, the U.S. changed from a decentralized republic into a militarized, authoritarian empire in the late 19th century, when the Spanish-American War made the U.S. a colonial power and trusts and cartels took over the economy. Every president since McKinley, they believe, has been a tool of a self-aggrandizing crony capitalist oligarchy, which exaggerated the threats of Imperial and Nazi Germany and Japan and the Soviet Union and communist China and now of Islamist terrorism in order to regiment American society and divert resources to the bloated 'military-industrial complex.' If the libertarian isolationists had their way, the U.S. would abandon foreign alliances, dismantle most of its military, and return to a 19th-century pattern of decentralized government and an economy based on small businesses and small farms.

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