Liberalism in the Post 9/11 World

Indian Journal of Economics and Business, Special Issue, pp. 35-53, 2007

19 Pages Posted: 24 Oct 2010 Last revised: 26 Oct 2010

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: 2007

Abstract

The current approach to the war on terror is largely ineffective. Central to this approach are negative sanctions against actual and potential terrorists coupled with attempts to spread liberal democracy through war, occupation, and reconstruction. We argue that negative sanctions are unsuccessful and in many cases counter productive in reducing terrorism. Further, we postulate that efforts to impose liberal democracy in weak and failed states via occupation and reconstruction have in large part failed. Only by returning to a position of principled non-intervention can the war on terror ultimately be won.

Keywords: War on terror, terrorism, ineffective

JEL Classification: B52, B53, O17

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Coyne, Christopher J., Liberalism in the Post 9/11 World (2007). Indian Journal of Economics and Business, Special Issue, pp. 35-53, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1696155

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Christopher J. Coyne

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