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People finally learning libertarians aren't isolationists

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A Washington Post article cites a Pew Research poll that claims more Americans are "tilting" toward a libertarian foreign policy.

Apparently people in greater numbers are asking why a supposed Constitutional Republic should be acting like a world cop, a planetary-wide nation-builder, a global nanny, and especially a modern Roman Empire.

Many think libertarian foreign policy is isolationism. It isn't.

Some, like the old Washington Post newsprint model of policy-wonkiness based on an outmoded political concept of left vs. right, still call the libertarian view of foreign relations "isolationist" because they don't know any other way of thinking.

Others, like both left and right who have their own agendas for one-worldism – the left wants to be another Eurozone style socialist nation while the right just wants to rule the world no matter what – know libertarianism isn't isolationist but use the word to discredit libertarians anyway.

Libertarian foreign policy isn't isolationist, it's non-interventionist.

What this means is fairly simple.

Libertarianism is based on the Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP), meaning that no one may initiate force, intimidation or fraud against another but may most assuredly use force as a defensive action to counter aggression.

A libertarian society should therefore be militarily strong enough to repel all attacks but can never, on principle, initiate attacks against others.

A libertarian society should also understand that any individual, acting alone or in concert with others, may engage with people anywhere and everywhere around the world who consent to engage with them in return.

In every case – militarily, economically, socially, culturally, professionally, charitably, diplomatically and in every otherly way – interactions must always be peaceful, voluntary, and mutual.

Libertarian foreign policy isn't isolationist because isolationism means not engaging at all. But libertarianism is an individualist philosophy, which means that if some people don't want to interact with people from around the world nobody has the right to tell them that they must. That's the other side of non-interventionism, the libertarian non-interventionist domestic policy.

The article reports that 52% of people believe the US should let other countries get along on their own.

One implication of that would be that European style socialist nation-states would be unlikely to survive without today's massive US military subsidies, as explored in a recent Libertarian News Examiner article.

The poll also found that people "are eager for the United States to engage in the global economy."

More people are getting it.

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