We Need a Sheriff

Globalization & U.S foreign policy

Dan Carlin, whom I couldn’t admire more, was recently on Dave Rubin. He was making the argument that he wanted the United States to have the same foreign policy as everyone else. You can check out the interview here. It is a great conversation. I recommend listening to all of Dave Rubin’s interviews. He talks to a wide range of people who will definitely trigger you if you hold strong beliefs. Getting triggered is good for truth.

Back to the point about foreign policy. I think Dan is deeply mistaken on this front. As a fan of World Order, I hope the United States does not step down as Sheriff. By World Order, I mean the consensus between countries about the principles on which international relations are to be conducted. The old order, which has existed for roughly 400 years, has been degrading sharply with the rise of globalization. What happens in Vegas doesn’t stay in Vegas.

If a disease breaks out across the world, whether you can comprehend it or not, it has effects on the national security of your country. Hostile and unstable nations with nuclear weapons, civil wars that result in millions of refugees,cyber weapons that can destroy infrastructure, are all extremely significant to national security. The fact that the whole economy depends on the internet, and with this comes immense risk for cyber weapons, has unimaginable significance to nation security. Climate change, STUXNET, nuclear/chemical weapons and viruses do not give a fuck about your borders.

This does not mean I think the U.S should not respect borders. But its clear that sovereignty alone is not a sufficient principle to address the complex problems arising from globalization. It is hard to imagine that we would expect the U.S to respond with the same capability, to these threats, as other less capable nations. Shadi Hamid touches on this in his article, Is a Better World Possible without U.S. Military Force?

For more on the state of the world, check out this video by the Council on Foreign Relations.

Here is a very interesting article by Jeffrey Sachs on what he sees as the three seperate camps on foreign policy: primacists, realists, cooperatists. In my mind, no one label should encaspsulate the entire foreign policy of a nation, as problems and their solutions are infinity unforeseeable.