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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Ayn Rand Institute Press (June 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962533661
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962533662
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.9 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #413,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Schwartz is the founding editor and publisher of The Intellectual Activist and the author of Libertarianism: The Perversion of Liberty. He is the editor and contributing editor of Ayn Rand’s Return of the Primitive: The Anti-Industrial Revolution. Mr. Schwartz is a former chairman of the board of the Ayn Rand Institute.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nigel M. Duckworth on August 11, 2006
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Although fairly short, this book does a remarkable job of documenting the disastrous path to self-destruction that the US is pursuing, it identifies the underlying causes and motivation for this policy, and it proposes an alternative. Quite a feat given the size.

What this Book Covers

* The nature and purpose of foreign policy
* Moral basis of current and past policy
* The moral foundations of a practical policy
* Why Pragmatism is impractical
* All illustrated with specific examples

This book is a well-written and clearly and forcefully argued. But even if you disagree with Schwartz's analysis, you'll will come away with a deeper and clearer understanding of how morality drives policy, in principle and in day to day events. You'll also gain a vivid insight into just how shockingly suicidal our current policy is, how it undermines our security and actually strengthens and emboldens terrorist-sponsoring states. Be prepared to be depressed, things are worse than you think.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Newhard on October 27, 2006
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The global terrorist network that endangers the civilized world has been threatening for decades. However, it is we ourselves, not the terrorists, that pose the greatest threat to our future security. The contradictory policies, lack of principles and shortsightedness of our leaders is aiding and abetting the terrorists in ways they could have never dreamed of. Worse still, their repeated statements demonstrate that they recognize our absence of principles, moral confidence and determination and perceive it as our greatest weakness and their chance for victory.

In his book, A Foreign Policy of Self-Interest: A Moral Ideal For America, Peter Schwartz identifies the current self-sacrificing trends of American foreign policy and presents an appeal for the adoption of a new kind of foreign policy; the unmitigated pursuit of rational self-interest. In this work, Schwartz challenges the conventional wisdom with an uncompromising and ruthlessly candid assessment of the current state of US foreign policy. Insisting that the only moral purpose of government is the defense of individual liberty, he logically deduces that likewise, the only end of a moral foreign policy is the defense of a nation's freedom, and he contends that the only doctrine that can ensure the preservation of America's freedom is the steadfast dedication to the pursuit of self-interest on the international stage.

However, this book is not a call for America to intervene in any and every conflict in the world, to send troops anywhere we please to achieve any objective we conceive, or even to hasten the democratization of the third world. It is an urgent appeal for American leaders to discontinue the shamefully self-defeating practices currently perpetrated in the guise of diplomacy.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Yoder on August 9, 2005
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Peter Schwartz as usual provides an excellent and clear analysis of the subject at hand. I frequently found that he was able to put his finger on exactly the position or error I had been thinking about when my own idea of the same thing was a little fuzzy. Hightly recommended, even for those who disagree.
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13 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Steve Jackson on December 23, 2004
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Peter Schwartz is associated with the Ayn Rand Institute (ARI), an organization which advocates the "Official Objectivism" of Leonard Peikoff (which one wag recently called the "religious wing" of Objectivism). Mr. Schwartz may be best known in Libertarian circles for his off the mark critique of Libertarianism published some years ago.

This brief book (actually a pamphlet of 60 pages if you omit the notes and other stuff) advocates a foreign policy of self-interest and applies it to today's events, most notably the war against terror. Although I'm not a big fan of Mr. Schwartz's work, this pamphlet is moderately interesting (if for no other reason that Rand is mentioned only a couple of times.)

There is much here that a paleoconservative or paleolibertarian can agree with. American foreign policy should be based on U.S. self-interest and many of the "do-gooder" interventions of the U.S. (such as Haiti and Serbia) can't be justified on this standard. In addition, Mr. Schwartz argues that the U.S. should not be the world's policeman. He also reminds us that, contrary to certain neocons, not everyone believes in freedom or finds democracy "liberating." At the same time, Mr. Schwartz not only supports the U.S. intervention in Iraq, but also an ambitious "indoctrination" campaign. According to Mr. Schwartz, we must force Iraqi schools to teach the ideas of "Adam Smith and John Locke and Thomas Jefferson." That such an attempt to brainwash Moslems into accepting Western ideas might lead to resentment in the Muslim world doesn't seem to concern Mr. Schwartz. Maybe we can hold these reeducation sessions in mosques so they hate us even more. (Incidentally, these three authors were all theists and therefore "mystics." Shouldn't Ayn Rand be taught to the Iraqis?
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