September 26, 2019

HE'S WHY DONALD WON'T BE THE WORST PRESIDENT EVER:

How did a 100-year-old vision of global politics shape our future? (CHARLES EUCHNER, 25 September, 2019, Big Think)

Even a weakened League of Nations could have led to something like the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Beyond that core group of Western nations, it could have spun off a larger body to represent all of the world's nations, like the United Nations, to address issues like colonialism, the environment, trade, and natural resources. Perhaps another body could set international standards for trade and finance, like the World Trade Organization.

Wilson's fatal flaw was his unwillingness to see his vision as an experiment. Prideful and reluctant to negotiate, he considered the League a complete solution to global problems. But what if Wilson had been willing to accept a flawed League? What if he had been willing to bargain and compromise? What if he saw the League as an opportunity to experiment with different tools to prevent war and promote global cooperation?

Bad enough he got us into the war, the only justification would have been to liberate all the colonies Europe held.  Instead, he traded their right of self-determination for the League and a "Peace" that lead directly to pretty nearly every war since.

Posted by at September 26, 2019 7:31 PM

  

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