Policing the World

February 10, 2012

It’s interesting that people generally have good relationships with the grocer but not with the taxman.  Why is it some people are willing to give away 8% of their income each week to a pastor but feel stolen from when they see Social Security withheld from their paycheck?  The government seems to get such a bad rap with citizens when it throws its weight around.

But why is it citizens think people in other countries would react differently when the same government throws its weight around and affects non-citizens?  If you don’t like it when the government intrudes on your life and you are a citizen, why would you think a non-citizen enjoys your government’s intrusion in his life?  If it’s good enough for the goose, why is it not good enough for the gander?

And why wouldn’t it be better for a nation to cultivate mutually friendly relationships with other countries?  Like the type of relationship you have with a sales associate or a clerk.  Why flash force when there is no need?

From John Stossel:

It’s said that when goods don’t cross borders, armies will. There’s plenty of evidence to support that. A report funded by European governments says armed conflict in Muslim countries is far lower today than it was two decades ago. A reason? Trade.

Richard Cobden, a 19th-century British liberal statesman, said, “The progress of freedom depends more upon the maintenance of peace, the spread of commerce and the diffusion of education than upon the labors of Cabinets or foreign offices.”

I agree. American music and consumer goods did more to bring down the Berlin Wall than our military did.

Americans need to rethink foreign policy.  Warfare has changed too much to say having the most powerful military means anything.  It costs too much to maintain and the military-industrial complex will only demand more war to make more money.  And it just doesn’t make sense when you cast our national behavior in everyday terms.

Teddy Roosevelt never said, “Speak loudly while beating everyone with a big stick.”


One Response to “Policing the World”

  1. Simon Grey Says:

    Way back in the day, Britain invaded Japan to force them to trade. It’s an interesting paradox to contemplate, in light of the saying “when goods don’t cross borders, armies will”

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