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September 14, 2009

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dblwyo

Irving - I'd suggest the this particularly example generalizes to the broad array of foreign policy problems and domestic ones. On the int'l front it seems to me we want to be constructively engaged - not just because it's the "right" thing (though it is) but because it's in our own short- and long-term self-interest. There's an interesting paradox but in a world of secure and free exchange, a non-zero sum world in other worlds, "we are all better off when we are each better off...and we are each better off when we are all better off". A case in point would be the literally life-threatening socio-pathologies of Finance Industry malfeasance. Yet, true to form, over a decade's worth of illusory profits, millions of jobs and lives were ruined.
You might want to take a gander at this essay collection which attempts to take a pass at blueprinting a strategic policy agenda derived from these principles:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/19153835/Crisis-in-the-Public-Square-Thinking-About-Futures-Policy-and-Politics

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