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March 18, 2011

"We are the friends of liberty everywhere. We are the guardians only of our own."

We are better at being the United States of America than we are at interfering with others,
and we have lost a lot of our ability to be ourselves by making concessions with the Left in order to get their support or lack of opposition for interventionism. The best way for America to save the world is to get rich, stay that way, and show how that is done. We can send help sometimes and privately we can send a lot. But we are not good at the empire business. Competent empire is a viable but in my judgment incorrect strategy. Incompetent empire is disastrous. Building American independence can be done and is the best policy. Or so I have been saying for forty years. Invest in America, not in Egyptians or Libyans. -- Jerry Pournelle, Current View

Posted by Vanderleun at March 18, 2011 11:25 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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This is amazingly good advice. George Washington would have approved. However, it won't be followed until the creditors start turning off the lights in DC.

Posted by: Quent at March 18, 2011 7:38 PM

@Quent - The creditors who will be turning off the lights in D.C. are the Chinese. Do you really think they'll let us be the guardians of our own freedom when it gets to that point?

Posted by: Tom at March 19, 2011 3:00 AM

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