From antiwar, Raimondo writes:
In a normal country, it is entirely possible to separate domestic policy from foreign policy – because the latter is strictly limited to the goal of protecting its citizens from foreign invasion, which means, in large part, protecting the territorial integrity of the nation, i.e. its borders.
And that’s the essence of the utopian dreams of many of us: A polity that minds its own business.
Some of the mythology Raimondo writes I question, but one part is clear, the Cold War reconstructed us into the evil Leviathan we find ourselves trapped within today. Raimondo writes:
The new “crisis” was the cold war, a face-off with our former ally, the Soviet Union, that inspired conservative leader William F. Buckley, Jr., to abandon the traditionalist stance on behalf of constitutionalism and embrace the Leviathan.
A conservative telling of this story might add how the US was 89% white in 1965, that after WWII America has sold off its economic wealth, and Europe had been neatly divided into rough nation-states that could have been worked into a stable, enduring order. It’s tough to give a year for when Europe was best divided, but the potential was there.
And it’s worth mentioning Antony C. Sutton’s work revealing Wall Street’s influence among the Bolsheviks and Germans, which complicates the story. I mean to say: I am not a believer that “statism” is entirely behind our fall. Regardless, it can be agreed that a “normal” polity is the high ideal.