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"Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance." Winston Churchill

If people no longer expect objectivity from their political and legal systems, then all justice will be reduced to a power struggle between conflicting and irreconcilable perspectives, a struggle in which the most dominant and pervasive bias will replace fair and impartial process as the character of justice. But if objectivity in law and politics is everywhere supplanted by conflict between subjective interests, then the side of economic privilege and established authority will always retain dominance. A society in which people no longer expect representatives of its major institutions even to attempt to render objectivity in their professional demeanours is a society whose major institutions are in a crisis of ethical legitimacy. In such a society, there is wide spread cynicism regarding the possibility of fair political process because it seems impossible that impartial, unbiased dispositions could exist to enact such processes.

Robert Nicholls

Language and Logic

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Net Benefit of Liberty

The economics of foreign policy is the ultimate example of the conflict between static and dynamic efficiency. The choice between maximizing short term gain or creating a world where everyone is better off in the long term.
           Foreign Policy is the engagement of the state with the world beyond it's boarders. It's objective is to maximize public good through the cultivation of a habitable international environment. Security is the basis of a habitable environment.
       There is a net benefit resulting from international security. A peace that is based on the principles of human rights and democracy. Political repression is a cost on human society. It deprives us of innovative and capable people. It creates a climate of fear and a culture of apathy. We as a species must end political violence. Intellectuals must be free to devote their energies, time and talents to solving the problems our species faces. The elimination of repression increases public wealth.
       Our democracy, our rights and freedoms must be preserved. They are the foundation of our security. Without these things, our lives can be taken from us at any time for any reason. Our individual security depends on our collective security. Our collective security depends on our collective liberty. Therefore, the strength of democracy is the foundation of our security. Public welfare is maximized in the long term through the reduction of repression and violence, by means of the guarantees to liberty, provided by democratic values.