Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

Peace, War, and Liberty: Understanding U.S. Foreign Policy

by Christopher A. Preble

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Overview

Has the United States been a force for liberty around the world? Should it be? And if so, how? To answer these questions, Christopher A. Preble traces the history of U.S. foreign policy from the American Founding to the present, examining the ideas that have animated it, asking whether America’s policy choices have made the world safer and freer, and considering the impact of those choices on freedom at home. Preble explains the need to question the assumptions that drive American foreign policy in the modern era—especially the assumption that American politicians can and should forcibly remake the international order to suit their desires. He asks readers to consider whether America and the world would be safer and freer if U.S. foreign policy incorporated libertarian insights about the limitations of government power. At once evenhanded and uncompromising, Peace, War, and Liberty is a comprehensive challenge to the interventionist ideology of America’s foreign policy establishment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948647168
Publisher: Libertarianism.org Press
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 564,938
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Christopher Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is the author of The Power Problem: How American Military Dominance Makes Us Less Safe, Less Prosperous, and Less Free (Cornell University Press, 2009) and John F. Kennedy and the Missile Gap (Northern Illinois University Press, 2004). He coedited, with John Mueller, A Dangerous World? Threat Perception and U.S. National Security (Cato Institute, 2014); and, with Jim Harper and Benjamin Friedman, Terrorizing Ourselves: Why U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It (Cato Institute, 2010).

Preble has also published articles in major publications, including the New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Financial Times, National Review, The National Interest, and Foreign Policy, and is a frequent guest on television and radio. In addition to his work at Cato, Preble teaches the U.S. foreign policy elective at the University of California, Washington Center.

Table of Contents

Preface.....................................................................................................................5 Part I - A Brief History of U.S. Foreign Policy • Introduction: War Is the Health of the State...............................................13 • The American Founders, the State, and War..............................................27 • The Anti-Imperial Empire...........................................................................41 • Imperialists Triumphant?............................................................................53 • The World Wars and Their Lessons............................................................71 • The Triumph of the Permanent Warfare State............................................89 • Post 9/11 - Terrorizing Ourselves.............................................................111 Part II - The Elements of Modern Libertarian Foreign Policy • The Case for Skepticism...........................................................................129 • The Problem with American Primacy.......................................................143 • Free Riders, Reckless Drivers, and Perilous Partners...............................155 • Forcing Freedom.......................................................................................173 • The Global Economy................................................................................185 • New Rules.................................................................................................195 • Promised Land..........................................................................................209 Acknowledgements..............................................................................................219 Bibliography.........................................................................................................221

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