AS you are a Nobel Lauriat I appreciate your indulgence in this thread. As an economist you know many people look at the same data and draw different conclusions. You are entitled to yours and I mine.
I illustrated some of the technological changes from 1790 to 2018, which includes the period 1920-1940.
I illustrated that your reference to changes at the time of our founding did not apply to 1920 - 1940 when transit, radio and telephones existed. Yet there remained an isolationist strain that resisted entering WW2.
True enough, but the trade was predominantly arranged between the Colony and Client Nation and only involved non-perishable goods (except perhaps slaves, of course). The Colonies did not trade with India or Japan.
The British served a trade hub for the colonies at the time of our founding. Yet between the Virginia Company and 1914 much had changed. Yet in 1914 there was no support to go to War In Europe, we were an isolationist nation by culture. This strain lasted until Pearl harbor and subsequent the war when Eisenhower became the nominee. Where does that cultural strain exist today other than Rand Paul. Your analogies are not intellectually honest.
Not after 1783, it wasn’t
Louisiana Purchase was 1803, We also paid Mexico 15 million dollars for land annexed in the war. Hardly an imperial practice.
Ya got me there. Kenyans don’t have nukes. I never said they did. They have computers and Worldwide Internet access that threaten us, though.
Now, Russians, Chinese, Indians, Pakistani’s, and North Koreans DO have missiles and nukes._
My reference to Kenya was to dissuade you from talking about a threatening world when we are the major threat. Our Military does not protect us from terrorists at home or from cyber attacks. Threats have always existed but all of our officials are sworn to uphold the Constitution and we do not.
But we DO rely on oil. Why would I comment on things that didn’t happen?
Alternate circumstances provide alternate paths, You are saying the world has changed and that caused behavioral change. I say that behavioral change limited the options available. You do believe that technology is dynamic not static in nature.
Interestingly, Jefferson’s attack on the Tripoli Pirates was done in order to further more free and open International Trade, which the Pirates were interfering with by attacking and ransoming trading vessels. A very Non-Isolationist action.
And there were tariffs on trade which is nationalistic. America always stood for trade as Jefferson was quoted for resisting entangling alliances. He spoke of trade alliances not military alliances. You had argued trade was difficult, I state it was commonplace for the colonists to buy tobacco tools from Britain and sell the British tobacco,
Another poster had stated that the Us was always expansionist, for instance the homestead act, That was different in all facets from invading armies and occupation.
The world is vastly different now than in 1789 (or 1920, or 1940, or 2001, for that matter). The same rules don’t work well, anymore.
It is principles not rules we are talking about. It is a common theme that great thinkers are outdated. For instance Keynesianism is outdated and Marxism. But is democracy, a free press, liberty, and religion outdated. Change is a constant in History, Gun powder, steel, armor, rifles, have all changed the world. The black plague was biological warfare as well. Always technology changed the balance of power, Change is a liberal excuse to take away liberty. Good rules are timeless.
Thank you for your time professor.