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American Isolationism: The Suicidal Tendencies Of An Empire

Luis Orozco

Posted on December 4, 2018 02:34

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Without a strong U.S. presence in the geopolitical table, the world would turn into a convulse scenario where armed conflicts would be the new normal, and the anti-American hysteria will emerge in the form of more radical Islamic regimes in the Middle East and Marxist tyrannies in Latin America.

Over the last few years, the isolationist stance of many liberals and (especially) conservatives has been a shocking surprise. It's an uncomfortable certainty that some factions in the American left and right are driven by an irresponsible naivete and ideological insanity.

Logically, this is a dangerous reality that seems improper from the most powerful country in the world. After all, the idea that geopolitical turbulence would never harm the U.S. if it stops playing an active role in the world order is as foolish as thinking there are more than two genders.

The main consequence of taking an isolationist stance is that other superpowers will take advantage of U.S. passiveness. Naturally, this could be incredibly dangerous, considering that not all countries share the same views and interests, and the fact that extremely aggressive measures must be taken if they want to replace America as the world’s empire.

While most U.S. politicians and even the American intelligentsia had a clear understanding of this reality during the Cold War, there’s now a debate of whether the U.S. should forget about what’s happening abroad. What’s even more astonishing is that this useless argument is taking place in the era of multi-polarism, a more threatening context than the one we lived when the geopolitical table was divided by the iron curtain.

Today, countries like Russia, China, and even Iran are actively shaping the international order to their interests, debilitating the American hegemony and pushing the globe into a world war scenario.

Whether it’s moral or not, assuming a leading position on foreign policy is an obligation for every superpower. And no, there’s no moral equivalency between the U.S. and the rest of the countries that are struggling to replace it as the new empire.

Without a strong U.S. presence in the geopolitical table, the world would convulse into a scenario where armed conflicts would be the new normal. Anti-American hysteria would emerge in the form of more radical Islamic regimes in the Middle East and Marxist tyrannies in Latin America.

If isolationists cannot understand the implications of a Western Europe turned into Putin’s backyard, Iran as the new Muslim hegemony of the Middle East, and China’s communist dictatorship as the landlord of Africa and Latin America, maybe the future of the U.S. as the world’s main power will be shorter than expected.

After all, the idea that the U.S. is an evil element in the world order is more appealing everyday for the different groups that are part of the Democratic Party, while the ignorant assumption that America must take care of itself and stop wasting time resolving the world problems is a symphony for a lot of conservatives.

To put it simply, the world would experience the slow vanishing of democracy, individual freedoms, and even human rights if the U.S. stops leading. 

And yes, America would inevitably suffer the collateral damages sooner, rather than later.

Luis Orozco

Posted on December 4, 2018 02:34

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