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"What is our gas doing under your toundra?"

I guess that the US should ask Canada the same question.

We are told by neoliberals that interdependence brings peace, because it makes war to costly to fight.

Yet, we have counterevidence in what's happening with Russia and "Europe."

I happen to be off the opinion that its best for nations to have control over the means to provide their most basic needs.  

Which means that the nation that most resort to trade for the means to eat, be clothed, or not freeze to death must realize that in doing this is renders control over its destiny to foreigners.

And either nation can use that link to wreak hell on the other, and that suggests to me that autarky in essential econonomic activities is more likely to result in peace that the show of dueling pistols that interdependence often turns out to be.

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Sat Aug 16th, 2008 at 11:09:16 PM EST
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