Writing

Piece 58 – The Importance of Our Allies Across the Atlantic By. Raimondo Graziano

The Importance of Our Allies Across the Atlantic
By. Raimondo Graziano

The importance of the United States on the global stage cannot be understated; we are looked to for leadership, guidance and approval for a great many undertakings of the nations of the world. The order we established after the end of the second world war remains, though imperiled it may be. In recent years our respect and integrity on the world stage has been degraded by both foreign and domestic threats to not only the constitution but to the very ideal that is the United States.

What is perhaps even more important than the unilateral approach and power of this country is the pertinence of our allies across the Atlantic in maintaining, committing and doubling down on the established order of the prevailing of the liberal democratic idea. Our allies in Europe are indispensable, the maintenance of the West, and any hopes for dramatic reforms of our world order rely heavily on The United States and more crucially on our allies who span across an entire continent, more directly connected to the vastness that is the international community.

The world we live in today is riddled with crisis after crisis, and the many governing bodies of the world seem engaged in a state of governance by crisis. From domestic threats of rising authoritarianism and populism, to protracted wars abroad, and economic downturns and entire continents lit ablaze – the world we live in today is fraught with instability. The West is under threat of consuming itself in its own decadence, moral negligence and excessive income inequality. We must rise to the occasion. Here in the States, we must reject that which is easy and fleeting for that which is difficult and worthy of struggle. We must reject isolationism and the idea that it is America first, and America Alone.

We must reach out across the sea, the arms of liberty cleansed anew and stretched out to our European brothers and sisters to engage hand in hand in amending the ills that we collectively have helped to ferment. We must right the wrongs of our past and of the present by boldly leading forward, now. United.

Old Howard Union

46 – In Support of Free, Fair, and Just Trade

Free trade holds the promise of bringing the nations of the world closer together in economic interdependence, and fosters peace among the peoples of the world. When we are one, the chance of conflict lessens – however free trade as it stands works to line the pockets of politicans, businesses and barons of industry rather than work for the workers. We need free trade to foster peace, fair trade to make the rights of workers uniform around the world, and just trade to uplift the peoples of the world from poverty.

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Show Notes

  1. https://www.mercatus.org/publication/benefits-free-trade-addressing-key-myths
  2. https://amp.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2018/03/14/why-is-free-trade-good
  3. https://www.intelligenteconomist.com/advantages-of-free-trade/
  4. https://www.fairtradefederation.org/fair-trade-free-trade/
  5. https://globein.com/blog/fair-trade-vs-free-trade/
Old Howard Union

43 – The West Needs Its Own Belt & Road

In order to effectively compete with a rising, increasingly demanding and belligerent China on the world stage – The United States and more broadly the west needs it’s own infrastructure investment initiative. The West needs it’s own Belt & Road initiative in order to cement its values across the world by showing the promise of a world lead not by authoritarianism, but by liberty and opportunity for all.

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Show Notes

Important readings for the topic.

  1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/qz.com/1213429/economy-could-the-us-gdp-grow-as-fast-as-chinas-of-course-it-could/amp/
  2. https://www.heritage.org/asia/report/chinas-belt-and-road-initiative-strategic-implications-and-international-opposition
  3. https://thediplomat.com/2018/05/the-us-needs-a-reality-check-on-chinas-belt-and-road/
  4. https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/chinas-massive-belt-and-road-initiative
  5. https://www.politico.com/magazine/amp/story/2019/04/30/washington-is-dismissing-chinas-belt-and-road-thats-a-huge-strategic-mistake-226759
Old Howard Union

42 – In Support of a Trade War

It is obvious that the actions taken by the Peoples Republic of China over the course of two decades has worked to undermine international norms of trade, diplomacy and law after they were admitted into numerous Western institutions meant to push for democratic ideals of liberty, democracy and freedom. While they have taken advantage of these institutions they have clamped down further on the rights of their citizens at home. Out of principle, and a desire for that which is FAIR, I endorse the trade war undertaken by the President.

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Show Notes

Important readings pertinent to the topic.

  1. https://thebulwark.com/trade-wars-are-good-but-hard-to-win/amp/
  2. https://thetylt.com/politics/trade-wars-good
  3. https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/trumps-trade-critics-are-wrong-his-tariffs-could-bring-major-benefits-to-america.amp
  4. https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/02/05/business/us-china-trade-war-europe/index.html
  5. https://www.maritime-executive.com/article/e-u-to-benefit-most-from-trade-war
Old Howard Union

40 – Tensions Around the World and at Home

At first a discussion about the ongoing increasing tensions between the United States and Iran, we go deeper into the numerous crises occurring concurrently both at home and abroad all feeding into each other and the discord gripping the international community. How do we move forward?

Show Notes

Some relevant reading –

1.https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/policy/defense-national-security/pentagon-decision-to-move-air-carrier-and-bombers-based-on-credible-threat-iran-plotting-attacks

2.https://thehill.com/policy/defense/442587-trump-juggles-crises-in-iran-north-korea-venezuela?amp

3. All Options On The Table In Venezuela: Bolton

4.Trumps Contrasting Approach to North Korea, Iran and Venezuela

5.https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-trump-foreign-policy-venezuela-north-korea-china-20190506-story.html%3foutputType=amp