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  • Special Report posted September 9, 2013 by Marion Smith The Myth of American Isolationism: Commerce, Diplomacy, and Military Affairs in the Early Republic

    Foreword Introduction Section I: Diplomacy Section II: Trade Section III: Military Affairs Conclusion: Changing Policies, Permanent Principles Appendix: Sources for Charts, Tables, and Maps Foreword It’s not exactly “Come home, America” all over again, but more Americans are asking legitimate questions about the nature and extent of our country’s activities around…

  • Backgrounder posted December 20, 2012 by Marion Smith Sequester Decision Time: Global Leader or Regional Hegemon?

    Abstract: The most important goal of the American military is to defend the people of the United States and their interests. The U.S. must remain committed to providing for the common defense, protecting the freedom of American commerce, and seeking peaceful relations with other nations. To do this, America must renew its material investments in armaments and strategic…

  • Commentary posted October 28, 2011 by Marion Smith America Abroad: Exceptional

    President Obama’s misunderstanding of American exceptionalism has found defenders among international-relations scholars and taken on an aura of legitimacy. Realist theorist Stephen Walt, in a recent article in Foreign Policy, exposes the “myths” of American exceptionalism. Walt echoes Obama’s view — namely that, since many nations have sincerely believed they were…

  • Attorney General Meese and Marion Smith on the Constitution and National Defense: Heritage in Focus Podcast Audio Recorded on October 14, 2011 Attorney General Meese and Marion Smith on the Constitution and National Defense: Heritage in Focus Podcast

    Attorney General Meese and Marion Smith discuss the Constitution and national defense. David Weinberger hosts. To get regular updates on Heritage in Focus podcasts, visit our RSS feed or subscribe on iTunes. To listen to more Heritage Foundation podcasts, visit our podcast page.…

  • WebMemo posted July 5, 2011 by Marion Smith Neither Isolationist nor Noninterventionist: The Right Way to Think About Foreign Policy

    There is a lot of confusion about America’s proper role in the world at the moment. The terms “isolationism” and “noninterventionism” are often used without clear meaning. These two concepts do have specific definitions that should be properly understood, but we must also be aware of how these terms are being used. The stakes are high, and America cannot afford another…

  • Commentary posted June 30, 2011 by Marion Smith Call it Isolationism!

    Statesmen must debate and reassess the merits of any war. How else can they apply our principles to foreign policy in a prudent manner? Such a debate is not, in itself, indicative of rising isolationism in the Republican party. Most people, including Republicans, shun isolationism. But the war-weary may be tempted to embrace strict non-interventionism, even if they…

  • Commentary posted June 7, 2011 by Marion Smith A Tea Party Foreign Policy?

    The Tea Party has had an extraordinary effect on American domestic policy. It has raised interest in policy debates, rallied public opinion, and given conservatives a voice on various spending and constitutional issues. On foreign policy, though, the Tea Party has been largely silent. But with the United States currently involved in three wars on foreign soil, the…

  • Commentary posted June 2, 2011 by Marion Smith Bin Laden, Ron Paul, and the Founders

    Last month, Ron Paul said he would not have ordered the military action that ended in the death of Osama Bin Laden. In his view, “It was absolutely not necessary.” Never mind that the raid by Navy SEALS fulfilled what had been a stated U.S. foreign-policy objective since 2001, tracking down and punishing the perpetrators of 9/11; Pakistan’s “sovereignty” is more…

  • Commentary posted May 25, 2011 by Marion Smith Hungary’s New Constitution Should Be Ratified by the People

    Under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, Hungary is finally getting a new constitution. The old one was adopted in 1949 and significantly amended in 1989, leaving Hungary as the only country in the former Eastern Bloc that did not formally adopt a new constitution upon gaining independence. Doing so now is monumentally important. The governing party in Hungary, Fidesz,…

  • WebMemo posted May 24, 2011 by Marion Smith Does the Tea Party Need a Foreign Policy?

    While many political observers agree that “the great mass of Tea Party America does not seem headed toward a new isolationism,”[1] its silence on foreign policy issues has allowed isolationist voices to speak up for the Tea Party as a whole and to discredit the movement’s relevance to American diplomacy. This isolationist voice could be detrimental to America’s security…

  • Commentary posted May 11, 2011 by Marion Smith NLRB Jettisons Federalism for Unionism

    A federal agency wants to dictate exactly where businesses can create jobs. Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Boeing’s decision to open a new aircraft plant in South Carolina. The agency charges that the manufacturer’s expansion plans constitute “retaliation” against unions, including the International Association of…

  • Commentary posted May 9, 2011 by Marion Smith NLRB Jettisons Federalism For Unionism

    A federal agency wants to dictate exactly where businesses can create jobs. Last month, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint against Boeing’s decision to open a new aircraft plant in South Carolina. The agency charges that the manufacturer’s expansion plans constitute “retaliation” against unions, including the International Association of…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2011 by Marion Smith Protecting Hungary's Freedoms

    The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on responsibilities that belong to individuals. So it's troubling that Hungary's proposed new constitution, in its current form, contains provisions…

  • Commentary posted April 5, 2011 by Marion Smith Protecting Hungary's Freedoms

    The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has voiced its belief that Hungarians need to return to a philosophy of self-reliance and personal responsibility. Yet this can only happen if the state does not take on responsibilities that belong to individuals. So it's troubling that Hungary's proposed new constitution, in its current form, contains…

  • Backgrounder posted March 25, 2011 by Marion Smith Four Recommendations for Hungary's Proposed Constitution

    Abstract: Although a free and democratic state after the reforms of 1989, Hungary has never had a legitimate written constitution that unambiguously represents the consent of the governed. In September 2010, the Fidesz–KDNP government, led by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, initiated a constitution drafting process, and on March 14, it formally submitted a draft…