In his latest call to arms, Philip Kotler passionately argues that democracy is under grave threat. Too much money has entered politics, and its donors, often billionaires and corporations, now hold too much influence in favor of the 1%. Meanwhile, the voting system is flawed, too few citizens are politically informed, and many don’t vote. At the same time, major political parties are unable to agree on policies, Presidents are disempowered, and the real changes needed don’t occur. Kotler confronts this gloomy outlook positively with some potential solutions, as well as an invitation for you to get involved in the democratic issues that impact your life. Please visit www.democracyindecline.com for more around the issues raised by the book.
Chapter 8: Reforming Foreign Policy Making—Who Should Make Foreign Policy?
Reforming Foreign Policy Making—Who Should Make Foreign Policy?
‘The purpose of foreign policy is not to provide an outlet for our own sentiments of hope or indignation; it is to shape real events in a real world.’
[Page 138]Early in American history, many Americans preferred isolationism, not getting involved with the rest of the world. There was plenty of work and opportunity to build the American nation without paying attention or getting involved in foreign affairs. Yes, doing trade abroad with other countries was necessary and profitable. But getting entangled in their plots and wars was unwise.
[Page 139]But events and opportunities in the last century propelled the U.S. into becoming the most powerful nation in the ...