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The Week in Review: November 21, 2015

  • The Week in Review: November 21, 2015
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Last Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris has forced the world’s attention away from causes such as the plight of “white privilege” on college campuses and back to the consequences of blowback in the Middle East. The political response to these atrocities have been predictable — calls for nationalismmore warfewer civil liberties, and greater power for the government that failed to protect its citizens. Even those politicians whose rhetoric calls for greater humanitarian efforts for ISIS’s most vulnerable victims still manage to stand in the way of private individuals who wish to help their fellow man.

Of course, the true battle of the day is greater than ISIS or any other single organization.

As Mises wrote in Human Action, “To defeat the aggressors is not enough to make peace durable. The main thing is to discard the ideology that generates war.”

As long as the ideology of statism, militarism, and interventionism maintain its hold on the world, civilization will suffer from its consequences. The desire for power and control will eclipse concern for human life. Only those guided by an ideology of peace and prosperity can offer hope for the world.

On Mises WeekendsLouis Rouanet joins Jeff Deist to discuss the fallout from Paris. Rouanet, a former Mises Fellow who studies in the French capital, talks about how his country’s government has reacted to the attack and the willingness of his countrymen to trade liberty for the theater of security.

Louis Rouanet: The Paris Terror Attacks

And in case you missed any of them, here are this week’s featured Mises Daily articles and some of our most popular articles at Mises Wire:

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