Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Two From the Anti-Imperialist Right

"Where are the antiwar lefties of yesteryear?" asks Justin Raimondo — Anti-Interventionism: The Left-Wing Tradition — while Ivan Eland notes that "disagreeing with the government’s foreign policy is different than hating American’s society and way of life" — No Tears Needed Over the Demise of the US Empire.

"Only when the left succeeds in forging – or rediscovering – a distinctively American radicalism will it prove immune to the War Party’s wiles," concludes Mr. Raimondo. Mr. Eland concludes, "The founders of the United States, who are regularly idolized by most Americans, would roll over in their graves at the mutation of their traditional, peaceful, and restrained foreign policy into a militaristic, globe-girdling empire that is exhausting the country economically and ruining the republic that they created."

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Blogger あじ said...

But isn't American foreign imperialism simply an extension of her founding domestic imperialism? Once you reach California you've kinda run out of land and have to look elsewhere for resources to exploit, I mean, monetize.

Yes, the founders' ideas on foreign policy would be quite foreign to today's climate, but this has been a problem for more than a century by my estimation. From Commodore Perry to the Spanish-American War to the Philippines, it's not like our present-day issues are exactly new.

Perhaps these are unintended consequences? Is it possible that the founders failed to consider the logical implications of their policies or ideas?

8:40 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Perhaps of the Federalists, but not the Anti-Federalists.

9:08 AM  

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