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Why Write About Foreign Policy? – Antiwar.com Original

Posted by M. C. Fox on April 12, 2018

“War is the health of the State” said the great liberal Randolph Bourne: what’s telling is that his statement is totally unintelligible to today’s “liberals,” who glory in the health of the State. That’s how far we have come down the road to serfdom.

https://original.antiwar.com/justin/2018/04/11/why-write-about-foreign-policy/

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After all, why write about foreign policy at all? Why is it so important? And what does it have to do with libertarianism, the philosophy of limited government, free markets, and individual freedom?

The answer is fairly simple: we can’t have an empire and a republic at the same time. It is one or the other.

There is no way to limit the power of the government when it aspires to global hegemony. Such an entity demands a huge proportion of its subjects’ income: high taxes are a prerequisite. A would-be imperial power also requires a large degree of domestic control over the behavior of its citizens: after all, how can “national security” be secured and maintained if “sedition” is allowed to fester in the heart of the homeland?

This means extensive surveillance, as well as controls on speech and communications: the former are here, while the latter are coming. We see, already, the collaboration of the government with “private” companies like Facebook, Twitter, etc., seeking to clamp down on the internet, which has been the biggest factor in unleashing populist sentiment against the political class, which is just another name for the War Party…

It’s no coincidence that, in the interval between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the present moment, the growth of government power has metastasized. We are subjected to a system of universal surveillance, with political actors using the Spy State to persecute and destroy their opponents: this is the meaning of the Mueller “investigation,” and the “unmasking” of Trump campaign operatives that led to it.

“War is the health of the State” said the great liberal Randolph Bourne: what’s telling is that his statement is totally unintelligible to today’s “liberals,” who glory in the health of the State. That’s how far we have come down the road to serfdom.

As our liberties are chipped away at and destroyed, one by one, constant warfare acts like a corrosive, eating away at the vision of the Founders until there is nothing left…

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