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Isolationism Is America's Answer

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posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 06:26 PM
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Originally posted by 3_Libras
OTHERWISE, they wouldnt be involved in every single god damn conflict and foreign affair that presents itself.


Heck, people would be glad if the only things the US responded to were conflicts and affairs that presented themselves. But in reality, they don't respond to those presenting themselves unless there is something serious to gain from it. Take the situation in Sudan.

Thing is, the US is creating problems all over the globe ON PURPOSE.

The entire situation in the middle east, the existence of Osama Bin Laden himself, its all documented and admitted political, military and financial chess playing to keep those countries from progressing to western levels and to get people like Osama bin Laden to fight wars for the US (Osama and Al-Quada were conceived by the CIA to fight the russians in Afghanistan).

And thats all just the tip of the iceberg.

The people running the US can not be mistaken for the people of the US, your right that maybe its better for the people of the US to turn more to isolation, but its the people of the US that keep electing these shady characters into power and allowing them to meddle in everyone else's affairs and causing conflicts all over the globe.




posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 06:34 PM
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I suggest that America, over the next 5-10 years, begin to withdraw from the world scene. Sit back, and let it play out. We should secure our own nation, and to hell with the rest. Let them fend for their own.


[edit on 22-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]


What you suggest is what most of the world wish. The rest of the world is capable of looking after it's self!! Remember most of the other nations are alot older and wiser than the USA. If only the USA would stop interfering in everybody's affairs, the world sure would be a nicer place!!



posted on Aug, 25 2007 @ 09:13 PM
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I wish it would happen, but I don't hold out much hope.

Right now non-interventionism is a non-starter on the national political scene - the only openly anti-interventionist candidate is Ron Paul, and while he has a lot of grassroots support, he is being pointedly ignored by the corporate media. Most voters will probably never get to hear his message.

The fact is, there is simply too much money to be made mucking around in other countries' affairs - by defense contractors, energy conglomerates, etc. - for the choices of the average American to matter much. The people in power are trying to build an Empire, as far as they are concerned the original vision of the American Republic is quaint and obsolete.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 01:09 AM
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Good day,
The ramifications of isolationism are vast and debilitating.
The economic power gained from international trade would be lost completely. There would be no substantial reason for nations to choose to invest in the United States what so ever. Hundreds of thousands of people would lose their jobs due to the reliance upon that international trade alone. Once that facet of the economy is removed the rest of the internal infrastructure will start become weak and finally break down. A great example of this would be Wal-Mart. Due to its ability to purchase goods overseas at extremely low prices they can provide substantial material goods to the U.S. consumer at a reasonable cost. If international trade was no longer an available corporations such as Wal-Mart, Sears, McDonalds would no longer be an economic asset therefore those people or corporations with large amounts of wealth would not invest in them either.
While the United States relies heavily upon foreign imports of oil and natural gas, a state of isolationism would cause the price of fossil fuels to increase to a level I cannot properly predict. Being a Canadian citizen in a fossil fuel rich province, as well as having a father who was part of that industry for 20 years, I can say with confidence that the United States imports a large amount of oil and natural gas from Canada. According to Statistics Canada, as a nation, we exported 28.5 billon dollars worth of oil and natural gas to the United States alone. If the U.S. chose to go into a state of isolationism this transaction would cause a huge impact on our own Gross Domestic Product as well as our economy.
www.statcan.ca...

What I’ve offered are just two examples, which were only off the top of my head, of how devastating an isolationist state would not only hamper but completely destroy every facet of the United States. While the idea maybe popular at the moment with some of the citizens of the United States it wouldn’t be so popular to those that lost their jobs, homes or lives.

Thanks for your time,

Arcticnull



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 01:12 AM
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Well I'll have to clarify my position, I'm personally not isolationist, just anti-interventionist.

I'm all for peaceful trade, just not unnecessary US involvement in foreign wars.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 02:55 AM
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From a military point of view as other people have said, over the past few decades the US has systematically developed military bases throughout the world, not as a favour to other nations, but as a pre-cursor to world domination. I think that the sorry state of affairs in Iraq make it more than clear that military help from the US is probably the last thing that any country would want!

Its ironic that the fear-mongering that is being used by the Bush admin to control the American public into accepting the degredation of your civil liberties has been going on, on an international scale, for decades to encourage other countries to let the US build military bases on foreign soil, "Oooh, you'd better let us build a base in your country otherwise someone might attack you and you wouldn't want that would you?".

You're not in Iraq because they asked you to help them out, you're there because your Government has an agenda for that area. If US personnel are getting killed in another country, its not because they 'have' to be there, it's because your Government wants them there for a particular purpose that serves the Govt's ultimate goals or aims.

Tradewise, Arcticnull hit the nail on the head perfectly. Do you really have any idea how badly the US economy would be hit? You may have lots of oil, but you can't extract it quickly enough. Without foreign investment you wouldn't have the money to put the infrastructure in place to extract it, oil prices (in the US alone) would rise. Global companies such as McDonalds, Wal-mart and large financial houses would relocate to Britain or Europe, where they can trade with the rest of the world and benefit from cheaper oil prices, leading to mass unemployment in the US. The lack of investment, high oil prices and unemployment rates would inevitably lead to the worse stock market crash ever known but because of the USA's isolationist state it would not affect the rest of the world, and it would be irrecoverable. Skilled trades such as Doctors, Lawyers etc would leave the US in their thousands, headed across the world to Austrailia, Canada and Europe in order to escape the chaos unfolding in their own Country.

Actually yeah, close your borders and get the hell out of everyone elses countries, lets see how YOU do!


[edit on 26-8-2007 by cogger74]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 04:58 AM
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Modern Rome cannot survive without protecting its so called interests because without its enforced trade policy its economy would be destroyed so whenever its needs are not met it creates a military solution.The world would be a better place if every nation kept its policies confined within their own borders.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 07:32 AM
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What is extraordinary in all this is that none of you have yet mentioned that the USA is the world's largest debtor. Go to the official CIA website to see the extent of the debt - and most of it owed to Asia. I'd like to see the USA decide to go it alone. They wouldn't last a month.

American is NOT an economic powerhouse. Americans have consistently spent more than they earn. Hence you shortly will have no choice but to retrench and lower your standards, at best.

America got rich originally by theft and fraud. She cannot now contine, and reality is beginning to hit. All American intervention has actually been expansionism, usually to get oil or other resources American wants, and plans to take. (Where are the extremely valuable treasures of the Baghdad Museum now?) She has been busy flogging arms all around the world, including the Middle East.

Most of the rest of the world would be absolutely delighted if America stopped perpetrating wars, meddling in Central America, etc, etc.
Somehow I don't think they will. They cannot afford to.

It was, I think, Lenin who originally coined the phrase 'He who is not for me is against me'. I wonder if George W. Bush realises that?

The truth is that all America has to do to become 'isolated' is continue as she is now. The rest of the world so loathe the USA they will decide when the isolation starts.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 10:01 AM
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Originally posted by cogger74

Actually yeah, close your borders and get the hell out of everyone elses countries, lets see how YOU do!


[edit on 26-8-2007 by cogger74]


I find it absolutely knee slapping funny that people in other countries, and some Americans, think we are somehow dependent upon them. It's beyond hilarious. I assure you, America could secure its border and stay to itself and still survive...

[edit on 26-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 11:22 AM
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Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
I find it absolutely knee slapping funny that people in other countries, and some Americans, think we are somehow dependent upon them. It's beyond hilarious. I assure you, America could secure its border and stay to itself and still survive...

[edit on 26-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]


Isn't the policy of Isolationism what the founding fathers desired for this country to begin with? Something about NOT getting involved in everyone else's affairs and maintain our independence by also limiting the amount of immigrants allowed?



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:02 PM
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Arcticnull outlines why trade isolationism is bad.


Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
Isn't the policy of Isolationism what the founding fathers desired for this country to begin with? Something about NOT getting involved in everyone else's affairs and maintain our independence by also limiting the amount of immigrants allowed?

Kind of. It's better described as non-interventionism. "Isolationism" is a broad term, usually referring to something like Japan or China before their borders were opened. Instead, the safest and most prosperous way to interact with the international community is to stay neutral, but engage in trade with other nations.
But yes, our founding fathers wanted us to stay out of such military and political foreign affairs. Desperately.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 12:19 PM
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Originally posted by ninthaxis

Originally posted by SpeakerofTruth
I find it absolutely knee slapping funny that people in other countries, and some Americans, think we are somehow dependent upon them. It's beyond hilarious. I assure you, America could secure its border and stay to itself and still survive...

[edit on 26-8-2007 by SpeakerofTruth]


Isn't the policy of Isolationism what the founding fathers desired for this country to begin with? Something about NOT getting involved in everyone else's affairs and maintain our independence by also limiting the amount of immigrants allowed?


From my understanding, to an extent, yes.... Although, I think even the founding fathers had a dream of America being a global player eventually.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 02:41 PM
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Apologies to the OP for going off topic, but seeing as how the security of Israel is certainly linked to US foreign policy, we are still tangently connected. : )


Hello Manzoor!

I was wondering if you could explain your position that Israel is a threat to every country in the mid-east. Is your stance that as a powerful entity they are a natural threat to anyone near them who is not as powerful, or did you mean that they are an aggressive threat to all countries in the mid-east (or did you mean something else entirely)?

Thanks!

BTW, I enjoy reading your posts, but it would help me a great deal if you could capitalize when appropriate and break your thoughts down into sentences and paragraphs. Just makes it easier to read. Thanks again!

Eric



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 04:44 PM
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Thats it is it? You find it knee slapping...? If there is a flaw in my economics then please, let me know what it is. If I've judged the military situation incorrectly, then go ahead and put me right. I'm here to express my opinions and be educated if they are wrong.

If the best you can do is make flippant remarks then I would guess that you already know that I'm right.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 04:58 PM
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If put on a smaller scale of neighbour to neighbour, the answers and solutions are quite obvious.

I will take care of stuff in my house and not take responsibility for business and doings conducted in my neighbours house. I will talk with my neighbour, I might even do business with him...I might by some of his apples growing on his tree. I will not climb over his fence and claim the apple tree for myself. I will only defend myself if he directly climbs onto my property. Never will I attack him on the grounds that he MIGHT climb onto my property, but only if he really does so.

If teenagers drive by and kick their football into my window I will not blame my neighbour for terrorism and take that as a justification to vandalize his garden. I will instead ask various neighbours if they know the whereabouts of those teenagers so that I can confront them.

By keeping to myself and taking care of my own house and garden I can set a good example from which others may learn or not. Finding my way of tending my property the right way does not imply that I invalidate the gardens and properties of others.

On a small scale it all becomes very clear and one can discern right from wrong.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 10:15 PM
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We should cut our selves off from the world for about 10-15 years. Don't let anyone in or out. Cut off all foreign relationships and become independent. We would have a slight economy collapse, but we should be able to rebuild it in time. Essentially, we kill off China and all our enemies. We'll have no more enemies because we wouldn't be calling them.



posted on Aug, 26 2007 @ 10:19 PM
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Originally posted by Gorman91
We should cut our selves off from the world for about 10-15 years. Don't let anyone in or out. Cut off all foreign relationships and become independent. We would have a slight economy collapse, but we should be able to rebuild it in time. Essentially, we kill off China and all our enemies. We'll have no more enemies because we wouldn't be calling them.
Unacceptable. Millions would starve. It's no joke.

Economic isolation is idiotic. Pure and simple.



posted on Aug, 27 2007 @ 08:42 AM
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The United States would never do that. They are making so much money off poor countires on the planet.

[edit on 27-8-2007 by Atlantix]



posted on Aug, 27 2007 @ 04:35 PM
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Originally posted by Atlantix
The United States would never do that. They are making so much money off poor countires on the planet.

And they're making money off of us. Mutually beneficial. Free trade is wonderful.



posted on Aug, 28 2007 @ 07:05 AM
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Originally posted by Johnmike
And they're making money off of us. Mutually beneficial. Free trade is wonderful.


Hardly. Multi-national Finance Capital takes far more value out of the land and labour of a Third World country then is put back in. And generally, the money that is made by the Thrid World country isnt distributed to the workers and the needy, its given to the top branches of compradors, those in collusion with the Multi-national corporations and are all too willing to give into whatever demands are made of them, so long as their class interests are met. Many countries borrowing from the IMF and World bank suffer extreme poverty and are crushed under interest rates, only to have their economies "restuctured" and austerity programs rolled in. The people and the forces for democratic change suffer once more under the hand of plutocracy and oligarchic monopoly.




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