Center-Right Pragmatism @pragmaticpolitics
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Promoting American Global Leadership and Values of Free Enterprise and Democracy through a Pragmatic Lens.
55 Posts
516 Followers
198 Following
Promoting American Global Leadership and Values of Free Enterprise and Democracy through a Pragmatic Lens.
The Chamber of Commerce agrees that the protectionist ‘Buy American’ clause in the A.R.R.A. has slowed American recovery and export growth. This clause required all American made goods in the process of any projects, which often delayed and confused project managers because of the complicity of supply-chains, while also leading to retaliation and decreased U.S. export power. If you are interested I left a good little paper below. https://canons.sog.unc.edu/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/100217_buyamerican.pdf Check out my partners: @rockefeller.right @republicanite @market.meritocrat @natural.liberty #economics
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As Russian expansionist ambitions are becoming revealed more and more, some call for Russian appeasement; to let Russia advance in Ukraine in an effort to avoid conflict. This attitude is dangerous and foolish. Russia has continued its military ventures and the end is not in sight. From already two invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Putin will not let a democratic western neighbor live next-door. He has continued meddling in Western elections and worked to undermine the democratic processes in the United States, Montenegro, Britain, France, Germany, Georgia, Ukraine, and many more. Russia willfully breaks cease fires. Putin regularly pumps out propaganda to distract his citizens from the economic problems and severe underdevelopment of Russia, and to keep public support for his “war” against the west. Putin maintains a hard grip on political power and operates Russia more as an autocracy with subverted democratic frameworks. The west cannot let Russia continue these practices, and a new policy is necessary. The current sanctions regimes should be ramped up even to include asset seizure, visa reductions, and also diplomatic isolation. Funds should be set aside to protect Ukraine and any other nations seeking the western path. Appeasement will not work against a rogue state, the U.S. and its allies must adopt a tough stance against Russia and its allies. Check out my partners: @rockefeller.right @republicanite @market.meritocrat @natural.liberty #russia
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Although Iraq wasn’t fought for oil many of the complainers of the Iraq war are the same people who complain about the US’ relationship with Saudi Arabia. By democratizing Iraq the US is able to gain some leverage over Saudi Arabia, our (non-democratic) ally. A democratic Iraq is more properly able to counter the theocracies of Iran and Saudi Arabia. (I just wanted to test out my ability to use videos over my theme, and I thought it would be nice to start off with the Iraq war. This is just a little part of a speech by Christopher Hitchens, a man who despite his leftist influences was a prominent supporter of the Iraq war. I feel myself inclined to talk more about the Iraq situation and the accomplishments and failures of the War on Terror, so expect more posts relating to those topics.) What do you think? Check out my partners: @rockefeller.right @republicanite @market.meritocrat @natural.liberty #iraq
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As NATO funding shrinks from our European partners, we jeopardize our great military superiority. NATO is quite strained through falling budgets and expanding conflicts: Notably Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya. Many European nations have pledged to increase military spending to 2% of GDP by 2024, but this may be hard to do. The US must carefully push for adequate spending without alienated us from their concerns. Check out my partners: @the.new.democrat @natural.liberty @market.meritocrat #politics #neoliberal #neoliberalism
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Across the political spectrum many call for the US to cut its seemingly excessively large defense budget. Many paint the picture of defense money as wasteful money that just disappears; and while waste is a problem, cutting the funds is worse. The Heritage Foundations 2018 Index of U.S. Military Strength rated the Navy and Air-force “marginal” at fighting and winning battles, with the rest of the branches rated “weak”. The navy is small, few divisions from any branches are battle-ready, and training is minimal. Budget cuts ironically can cost more money (and lives). Budget cuts have reduced pilot air time and essential training is cut, leading to more accidents and loss of equipment and life. By expanding the budget the U.S. shoes commitment to defending national and international interests, gains more leverage in any deal, and allows the United States to effectively deal with crises worldwide. What are your thoughts? Has the U.S. developed a threatening military-industrial complex? Check out my partners: @the.new.democrat @natural.liberty @market.meritocrat #politics #military
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The term “Neoliberal” has virtually degraded to a buzzword for a radical laissez-faire free-market proponent, but it’s true meaning is quite different. The origins of neoliberalism start with the Walter Lippmann Colloquium, a meeting of intellectuals in Paris. The goal was to create a “new liberalism”, one that would avoid the dogmatic laissez-faire liberals, the collectivists, and the socialists. The neoliberal tradition often is said to be inherited into the Austrian school of economics, but I would argue that a lot of their work is too ideological, and the praxeology of Mises fundamentally opposed the principles of neoliberalism. Others too would say the Chicago school revolutionized neoliberalism in the 80’s with Reagan and Thatcher challenging the “establishment”. Nowadays many consider neoliberals to be globalist puppets that manipulate governments and economies. Overtime clearly the perception of what a neoliberal is has changed. But today, this new liberalism is often conflated today with one of the very things it was created to oppose, free market dogmatism. Neoliberalism to me means a pragmatic approach to a free market economy by which a government preserves and enhances markets. What do you think? Check out my partners: @the.new.democrat @natural.liberty @market.meritocrat #politics #neoliberal #neoliberalism
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The United States Secretary of Defense James Mattie made a speech at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies that outlines a new foreign policy that would change the American primary focus from that of terror and the middle east to the growing threat of Russia and China. Personally I am worried that they will ruin a lot of progress in the middle east and just end up furthering unnecessary tensions between the US and China/Russia. Russia is flexing their influence with likely election manipulation and the Ukrainian conflict, and the Chinese economy is accelerating, so while some may think this new policy is a noble goal, the Trump administration in practice has put key facets of Anti-Russian/Chinese policy at risk. Trump pulled out of the TPP, a trade agreement that would’ve significantly helped the US counter the booming Chinese Economy, and Trump also has put NATO in jeopardy, a key institution in restricting Russian ambitions. The key thing here is to remember that while the Trump administration can say what they want, their actions are the most important. Trumps current policy is endangering the United States role as a global leader and may lead to a global loss of influence for America. What do you think? Check out my partners: @the.new.democrat @natural.liberty @market.meritocrat #politics #trump #foreignaffairs
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Neoconservatism: never perhaps is a term thrown around so often yet so poorly understood. Today, many consider neoconservatives to be some social conservatives of the religious right, but I would argue neoconservatism today is not much more than a foreign policy. The neocon foreign policy is one that favors promotions of democracy and American national interest without ruling out military force. Other than foreign policy neoconservatives can be seen as free market proponents but almost all recognize the need for a welfare state. Despite its connotation with the right, the neoconservative movement actually started from the left, specifically the anti-Stalinist left. These neoconservatives were dissatisfied with the liberal establishment that was too easy on the USSR for their taste. Irving Kristol, the man dubbed the “father of Neoconservatism”, originally began his political activism career as a Trotskyist, like many of the original neoconservatives. These neocons would start their movement as a movement to reform inside the democratic party, originally supporting democratic presidential candidate Henry “Scoop" Jackson. They found some support with the democrats but many of the neoconservatives were met with hostility from fellow dems. This hostility and the election of Ronald Reagan is when many would consider the neoconservatives switched to a republican faction. Ronald Reagan filled his cabinet with various neoconservatives such as Paul Wolfowitz and Jeanne Kirkpatrick. During this time various media was supporting the neoconservative cause. Neoconservative ideals were soon spread through various publications, often from Jewish Intellectuals in NYC. Notable publications include the retired “The Public interest”, “Commentary”, and now the American Enterprise Institute. After the Reagan era, the Neocons were mostly disregarded under H.W Bush and Clinton, and many thought the neocons were dead under George W. Bush, but that all changed after 9/11. [Continued in comments]
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