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Monday, 23 November 2015

Isolationistism? Recognising War-Monger Speak ...

Brave is the politician who calls for an end to involvement in foreign wars and thereby risks being branded and isolationist!  Who will keep Russian from taking over the Ukraine?  Who will bring democracy and peace to Islamic dictatorships? Of course it will be from Canada, the USA and their Nato allies with properly executed military strategies.This will bring the same freedom and democracy that we enjoy to these politically immature countries who are presently stuck with dictators and oligarchs.

The counter to this line of thinking for a Libertarian is that we do not promote isolation but non-intervention.  What in fact isolates us is our political involvement and interference with countries who do not want our armies in the region.  We are isolating these countries by our misconceived wars.  It is not simplistic to ask, "how would we feel if another power was imposing their influence in our region"?
What we should be pushing for is less intervention (sticking our nose in the affairs of  other countries with out military) and less isolation  But less isolation actually means more.  More trade!

I am not talking about government initiated trade, because politicians don't seem to be able to understand the power of laissez-faire.  When governments try to promote their brand of free-trade, which many give lip-service to, you get Frankenstein-like deals such as NAFTA and the TPP.   Government free-trade is a misnomer in that businesses are bogged down with a dizzying amount of regulations and paper-work.
No, the kind of free-trade we need is the kind that would develop naturally between individuals and businesses with out third party involvement. What right does anyone have to interfere with what I am buying and selling or where my trade partners come from?

Focusing once again on the conflict zones where we are involved, I am not saying that non-interventionism and trade would solve all the problems in these conflict zones.  Far from it.  But it is hard to imagine how things could have been worse if we had not been there militarily.  I would point to an article from showing how US policy helped create Isis.  Repeatedly the unintended consequences of our war-efforts in the Middle East seems to be fuel on the terrorist fires.

So maybe I am an isolationist after all. I would like to isolate our armies from countries who are not attacking our borders.  After that if they want to cozy up to us in unrestricted free-trade, then so be it.

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