21st Century Rules Against Arbitrary Invasion

Apparently not recognizing the irony, John Kerry told Vladimir Putin:

“You just don’t in the 21st century behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext.”kerryputin

It sounds like pretty good advice. Now, if only we could get a 21st century U.S. administration that would implement a non-interventionist foreign policy like that! Then Russia could have a good example to follow.

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U.S. Federal Outlays Since WWII



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(Don’t) Blame Canada

My article (Don’t) Blame Canada has been featured over at Reformed Libertarian today.

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Abraham Lincoln on Prohibition Laws

“Prohibition will work great injury to the cause of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself, for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow at the very principles upon which our government was founded.” – Abraham Lincoln in a speech to the Illinois House of Representatives, December 18, 1840.

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The Essence of Partisan Politics


“Yet even as they take turns denouncing one another, the two parties tacitly collaborate to maintain a status quo that both find eminently satisfactory. To be sure, party loyalists…maintain the pretense that issues of decisive importance are at stake…But this amounts to little more than theater.” – Andrew Bacevich in The Limits of Power: The End Of American Exceptionalism, p.70

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Ronald Reagan and the Taliban in Afghanistan

Reagan_sitting_with_people_from_the_Afghanistan-Pakistan_region_in_February_1983“The freedom fighters of Afghanistan are defending principles of independence and freedom that form the basis of global security and stability” – Ronald Reagan in 1982

“American officials no longer refer to Afghanistan warlords and insurgents as ‘freedom fighters’; yet, to a very large degree, U.S. and NATO forces are fighting the offspring of the jihadists that Reagan so lavishly supported in the 1980s. Preferring to compartmentalize history into pre-9/11 and post-9/11 segments, Americans remain oblivious to the consequences that grew out of Ronald Reagan’s collaboration with the mujahideen.” – Andrew Bacevich in The Limits Of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism, p48

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Bacevich on Modern Conservatism and Civil Rights

“the impetus for providing equal access to the rights guaranteed by the Constitution originated among pinks, lefties, liberals, and Photo by Matt Cashore/University of Notre Damebleeding-heart fellow travelers. When it came to ensuring that every American should get a fair shake, the contribution of modern conservatism has been essentially nil. Had Martin Luther King counted on William F. Buckley and the National Review to take up the fight against racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s, Jim Crow would still be alive and well.” – The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalism by Andrew J. Bacevich, p.266

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Hemingway’s Worry in 1946

“[Ernest Hemingway] worried that if the United States did not ‘learn to understand the world and appreciate the rights, privileges and duties of all other countries and peoples,’ it could easily represent the same danger to ternest-hemingway-cuba-1946he world that Fascism did’ and become the most hated country in the world. In order to be just and to exercise it’s power in a responsible way, America needed to avoid self-righteousness and learn to understand and respect the nations of the world. Having lived outside of the United States for most of his adult life, Hemingway could easily see how American actions and attitudes could antagonize other countries in the postwar world.”

- The Politics of Ernest Hemingway by Stephen Cooper, p.122

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