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- BRAVE Thai people YEARN for FREEDOM and DEMOCRACY !
- " Send ALL immigrants PACKING ".....British Politician Victoria Ayling...so what's the PROBLEM ?
- British Marine gets life sentence for killng our enemies !
- And JUSTICE for ALL.....or is it just a FANTASY ?
- SPEED DOES KILL and roads are NOT racetracks !!!
Isolationism...a GOOD idea whose time has come !
Isolationism can work, it is not a new idea or theory, it goes back in history over the centuries. I believe if America isolated itself and limited economic, military and social contacts to it's REAL friends and allies it WOULD be a GOOD idea that MIGHT work !
Look, we are bankrupt as a nation. Our army marches in Chinese boots, while our air force flies on Saudi oil. We cannot continue to enforce a Pax Americana while our southern border allows illegals and terrorists to pour into our country. And we certainly shouldn't be footing the defense bill for countries with whom our industries compete in the global marketplace. Bring our soldiers home. Secure America first. Ron Paul
is a broad foreign affairs doctrine held by people who believe that their own nation is best served by holding the affairs of other nations at a distance. Most Isolationists believe that limiting international involvement keeps their country from being drawn into dangerous and otherwise undesirable conflicts. Some strict Isolationists believe that their country is best served by even avoiding international trade agreements or other mutual assistance pacts.
Non-interventionism -- is the belief that political rulers should avoid entangling alliances with other nations and avoid all wars not related to direct territorial differences (self-defense). However, most non-interventionists are supporters of free trade, travel, and support certain international agreements, and therefore differ from isolationists.
Protectionism -- Relates more often to economics, its proponents believe that there should be legal barriers in order to control trade and cultural exchange with people in other states.
From 1641 to 1853, the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan enforced a policy which it called kaikin. The policy prohibited foreign contact with most outside countries. However, the commonly held idea that Japan was entirely closed is misleading. In fact, Japan maintained limited-scale trade and diplomatic relations with China, Korea, the Ryukyu Islands and the Netherlands.
The culture of Japan developed with limited influence from the outside world and had one of the longest stretches of peace in history. During this period, Japan developed thriving cities and castle towns and increasing commodification of agriculture and domestic trade, wage labor, increasing literacy and concomitant print culture, laying the groundwork for modernization, even as the shogunate itself grew weak.
The history of isolationism in the United States reaches as far back as the first President. In his farewell address, George Washington advised as follows:
The great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connection as possible. So far as we have already formed engagements, let them be fulfilled with perfect good faith. Here let us stop. Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none; or a very remote relation. Hence she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
George."Washington's Farewell Address 1796." Yale Law School Avalon Project, 2008. Web. 12 Sept 2013.
Isolationist sentiment kept the U.S. out of both World Wars until it found itself under threat. Problems of the Old World were not relevant to the New World in the eyes of many citizens.
Isolationist sentiment near the end of the Cold War led the U.S. to develop an apathy to the circumstances in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of Soviet troops. This allowed local fundamentalists known as the Taliban to capture Afghani government. The Taliban protected and supported the group known as Al Qaeda which engaged in international terrorism, most notably the attacks on 9/11.