Liberty and national security in Adam Smith’s possible world
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Thomas P. M. Barnett argues that globalization’s spread presents the United States and other liberal democracies with two unprecedented national-security problems, and proposes an ambitious military strategy for their solution. This work argues that a successful strategy to solve one of these problems must also include rational policy, public policy that makes Adam Smith’s simple system of natural liberty a reality. Thus, Barnett’s military strategy and rational policy become complementary elements of a more comprehensive strategy to solve this national-security problem. Knowledge that Smith’s simple system of natural liberty moves the world toward peace can create a need for rational policy among voters.
KeywordsAdam Smith Liberty National security
I thank Robert F. Hebert and Philip F. Jackson for their comments on earlier versions of this work. I also appreciate the critique of an anonymous referee.
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