September 16, 2012
Here are two phenomena that I consider to be “laws” of politics. If you disagree, I would love to hear from you.
(1) If you want a republic, you cannot have an empire or an “imperialistic” or “activist, interventionist foreign policy.” If you have an “empire” or an “activist, interventionist foreign policy,” you cannot have a republic. Why? Well, just read or re-read Walter Lippman’s essays criticizing the foreign policy recommendations of “X” in the now famous essay by George Kennan that led, allegedly, to American foreign policy after World War II.
(2) If you pursue the creation of great wealth, the price you will pay will include significant social inequality or significant inequality, with all the attendant requirements such as the idea that some human beings are just significantly more human than others and that these better human beings have more money/wealth than the lesser human beings.
Sorry, but it seems to me that these are indeed “laws” of politics. Correct me if you think I am wrong. [The link to Lippmann follows.]