Towards A Good Samaritan World

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

JUST SAY NO TO ISOLATIONISM

If Dick Morris is right that Bush's poll numbers are rising because the Democrats' attacks on Bush's wire-tapping policies are pushing isolationist swing voters back towards Bush-- and about the strength of swing voters generally, Morris estimates 35%-- then that also helps to explain why John Kerry got the Democratic nomination last year. John Kerry was a very isolationist candidate, who condemned almost any kind of intervention in the outside world as iniquitous, and a born-again protectionist to boot.

We should engage with the world because it is right to help our fellow men, and also because it is in our interest. Cheap Chinese goods allow us to achieve high growth with low inflation. Cultural exchange is even more important and enriching, and is not separable from economic relations. That we can live without the rest of the world is a dangerous illusion.

3 Comments:

  • Kerry an isolationist,hah! Betrayed his own Vietnam legacy by refusing to condemn war from get-go.Now Nader on the Left IS more of a non-interventionist,just as Paul Craig Roberts and Justin
    Raimondo (antiwar.com) are purer
    "isolationists" than Buchanan on the Right.
    Lancelot must like those little Chinese boy-slave-laborers,wants our labor force to compete with them also!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12:59 PM  

  • Kerry an isolationist? Hardly. betrayed his own anti-Viet legacy by supporting Iraq War,unlike a pure war opponent eg Ralph Nader on left/Buchanan on Right.

    Lancelot likes little Chinese slave laborers to stay on the job
    at one AM, obviously. And wants our work force to impoverish itself competing with the little slaves. Oh, humanitarians!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:08 PM  

  • I oppose slavery in China and anywhere else. But the far more typical case (in the absence of evidence to the contrary I'm inclined to say the exclusive case) is that Chinese laborers work voluntarily, and even if their working conditions and wages seem miserable by US standards, they are better than the alternative, and are helping to fuel the spectacular growth that could make China a developed country within a generation or two if nothing interferes to stop it. I am very much in favor of that!

    By Blogger Lancelot, at 3:01 PM  

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