Say Goodbye to American Primacy and Hegemony

Kevin Doremus | United States

The United States has been involved in four military conflicts since the end of the Cold War: Serbia, Libya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Of course, this is not counting proxy wars. The U.S. has spent an enormous amount of money and blood in regions that are known to be unstable. There needs to be increased restraint in how the government involves itself in foreign affairs.

Over the past decade, the United States has engaged in a policy commonly referred to as primacy, or liberal hegemony. Its advocates argue that the U.S. needs to preserve its power advantage and defend Western values such as democracy, universal human rights, and open markets. In Washington D.C., it is a strategy that has bipartisan support. Yet, the American populace has seemingly rejected this policy at the polls.

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Trump Defies Neocons, Stands Up for Base on Iran

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Blake | United States

Trump started his campaign with outright condemnation of America’s endless war epidemic. This message fit well into the “America First” platform. It resonated with many Americans that have grown tired of unfulfilled foreign policy promises. He seemed like the way out of the Bush-Clinton neocon dynasty. Trump reaffirmed this stance in February saying he inherited endless wars “of unlimited spending and death. During my campaign, I said, very strongly, that these wars must finally end.”

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Trump Is No Hero for Calling Off the Iran Strike

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Thursday night, President Trump made a monumental decision to call off a strike against Iran. After they shot down an American drone Monday, the president said that such a reaction was “not proportional” after learning it would lead to the deaths of around 150 people.

Without a doubt, Trump’s decision was a good one; not killing 150 people is radically better than killing 150 people. But this alone is a far cry from a heroic act and does not clean the blood that already stains his record.

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Neoconservatism Is Destroying America

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Jack Parkos | @laissez_faire76

The great economist F.A. Hayek once stated that conservatism is only as good as what it conserves. Traditional American Conservatism is based on Judeo-Christain morals and preserving old American values, as well as valuing constitutionalism and limited government. The Republican Party is the alleged party of conservatism, but most of its members have abandoned it and embraced neoconservatism.

Unlike traditional conservatism, it is unclear what exactly neoconservatives are trying to save. Neoconservatism peaked in the 1990s and 2000s, but it still lingers in today’s politics and is harming America. Moreover, the neoconservative philosophy has plagued most of the 20th century.

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