Economic Peace

How many times have you seen the anti-war activist out on the streets with a Che shirt on (normally one size too small for some reason) trying to tell you all about how free markets are bad and capitalism is evil? How socialism is the only way to fight corporate interest and keep things fair for everyone? (Because obviously there are so many examples of this working well in history.)

I have come to the realization that the only way to truly advocate for peace in any realistic way is not by wearing the face of a violent revolutionary on your torso and yelling at people on the streets while sign waving, but rather to promote the ideas of  Austrians economics, free markets, and free trading with other nations. As Dr. Ron Paul has said many times, “Nothing promotes peace better than free trade. Countries that trade with each other generally do not make war on each other, as both countries gain economic benefits they do not want to jeopardize.”

So the secret to spreading world peace is economic freedom. As Daniel Griswold of CATO put it, “Much of the political violence that remains in the world today is concentrated in the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa — the two regions of the world that are the least integrated into the global economy.” This explains how so many lives have been lost in conflicts in Africa over the last 50 years; without sustained economic growth in most of Africa the result has been erratic violence. Peace is not socialism; peace is business.

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