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Opposing the Crusader State: Alternatives to Global Interventionism

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Robert Higgs is a senior fellow in political economy for the Independent Institute and an editor of The Independent Review. He has edited numerous scolarly volumes and is the author of several books, including Against Leviathan; Crisis and Leviathan; Depression, War, and Cold War; and Resurgence of the Warfare State. His popular articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications, and he has appeared on ABC, CNBC, C-SPAN, NBC, and NPR. Carl P. Close is the academic affairs director for the Independent Institute and an assistant editor of The Independent Review. He is the coeditor of The Challenge of Liberty and Re-Thinking Green and has contributed to The New York Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.
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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Independent Institute (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598130137
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598130157
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,116,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Here is a compilation of essays making the case that a national policy of foreign interventionism is folly and historically has worked contrary to our interests. Unfortunately it has become convention these days to assume that our country has the duty as the world's strongest nation to lead the world, including the use of intervention if necessary. Republicans who once were the party of noninterventionism are now, for the most part, unabashed neocons intent on righting all the wrongs in the world. McCain and Romney are advocates of a strong foreign policy that includes direct involvement in the internal affairs of other countries.There is little difference between the Republicans and the Democrats when it comes to interventionism. We are now a full fledged "Crusader State" intervening in every national uprising in the middle east, and the hubris of our involvement is already proving the points made in "Crusader State" that democracy cannot be brought to societies that are not ready for it. All our efforts in the middle east are bearing foul fruit. Afghanistan is doomed to failure because that society has not evolved past violent feuding tribalism. In place of a dictator, Egypt and Libya are now suffering the thugism of radical fundamentalism. We are on the same path in Syria. Instead of making friends and influencing people we are making enemies and squandering our treasury on doomed causes in which we have no real interest. "Crusader State" is a valuable work because it compiles scholarly studies and analyses addressing the various issues involved in interventionism. Nation building simply has not and will not work in a nation where it has not evolved on its own. Noninterventionism does not mean isolationism. Globalism of our economy is good thing.Read more ›
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It has been a while since I read it but I remember liking most of the essays in it, particularly one that discusses the economic incompetence and at times sheer cruelty of the American occupation of Germany after WWII.

The one thing I did not like about the book is the same thing I did not like about Higgs' Neither Liberty nor Safety: Fear, Ideology, and the Growth of Government (Independent Studies in Political Economy) , the title gives off this impression that the government is this pure evil/oppressor/crusader which I don't think it is and can turn off a lot of potential readers. So if you find the title to seem a little of a turn off, get it anyways, I think anyone who reads it will have gained a great amount of important information, which is something that can be said about any book written by Higgs.
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