Today, 08:09 AM
Well then perhaps foreign affairs are not the function of a central government. Even so, who says that such affairs must perforce be so costly? Why are they so costly? Because we are up to our eyes in things for which we have no business. The presupposition, of course, is that we MUST be in these things, whether it be spying, or what have you. But ask yourself this: are such presuppositions valid? I have not run down that rabbit hole yet, but suspect the answer is "not necessarily".
I daresay, and I will stand by this opinion until proven otherwise, that the vast and overwhelming majority of all our (humanity's) political machinations are the result of nothing fancier or more worthy than rank drama-queenery. There is that class of people who seem unable to go about their lives without manufacturing low-rent, yet potentially very dangerous and destructive drama for the entire planet.
Of course, root causes notwithstanding, the dangers turn out to be very real as made manifest by nuclear weapons, for instance. This is the sad truth underlying all human relations: the lowest denominator dictates the direction reality shall take. In other words, entropy wins every time because we subject ourselves to its ravages. None of this has to be, in principle; but because someone, somewhere, stoops and nobody removes him from the book of the living, the rest of the world, or large swaths of it, get sucked into the black vortex.
As to whether America could draw away from all this idiocy, having plunged this deeply into it, is a question the answer to which remains to be discovered. However, I do not find it likely that we will show the good sense, the integrity, and the intestinal fortitude to find out. Simply put, it is far too easy and superficially compelling to remain on our current track. This returns us to my hypothesis that the only thing that can bring the race of men out of its death spiral is the "reset event" - a sufficiently disruptive occurrence that leaves men standing before a stark, simple, and very immediate choice, with slackened jaw that whispers to us in the voice of God: change or be extinguished.
A self-sufficient America, having dispensed with the madness of the rest of the world's nations, well armed, and united in the fundamental principles of proper human relations, which are the very definition of well-tempered freedom, would have prospered as the others either consumed themselves in the stupidities of authoritarian collectivism, or came around to the grand virtues of liberty to become happy, healthy, free and prosperous nations in their own rites.