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Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973) was the greatest economist of my time. His greatest works can be accessed here at no charge.

Mises believed that property, freedom and peace are and should be the hallmarks of a satisfying and prosperous society. I agree. Mises proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the prospect for general and individual prosperity is maximized, indeed, is only possible, if the principle of private property reigns supreme. What's yours is yours. What's mine is mine. When the line between yours and mine is smudged, the door to conflict opens. Without freedom (individual liberty of action) the principle of private property is neutered and the free market, which is the child of property and freedom and the mother of prosperity and satisfaction, cannot exist. Peace is the goal of a prosperous and satisfying society of free individuals, not peace which is purchased by submission to the enemies of property and freedom, but peace which results from the unyielding defense of these principles against all who challenge them.

In this blog I measure American society against the metrics of property, freedom and peace.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The South Carolina Foreign Policy Debate

I tuned in late, was stymied by technical problems on the internet trying to watch the last 30 minutes and, really, could care less. I continue to believe that unless the US solves its economic problems, i.e., cuts spending drastically, reduces its public debt and stops monetary inflation, its foreign policy will be meaningless.

There is not a dime's worth of difference between the foreign policy of the Republican candidates and President Obama -- except, of course, for Ron Paul. Paul's foreign policy is summarized here.

The most important plank in Paul's foreign policy platform is:

"Follow the Constitution by asking Congress to declare war before one is waged."

This plank is radically different from the status quo and all the other candidates' positions. This is a change that a President could implement immediately. The effect it would have on US foreign relations would be incalculable.


LD Jackson said...

You didn't miss a whole lot. All of the candidates except Ron Paul seem to be intent on getting us into another war.

Sherman Broder said...

That's sad. I'm beginning to feel like a character living in Orwell's "1984!"