Liberalism in the Post-9/11 World

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

33 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2006 Last revised: 27 Feb 2012

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Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Christopher J. Coyne

George Mason University - Department of Economics

Date Written: February 1, 2006

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 be returning to a position of principled non-intervention can the war on terror ultimately be won.

Keywords: War on terror, social change, liberal democracy

JEL Classification: B52, B53, O17

Suggested Citation

Boettke, Peter J. and Coyne, Christopher J., Liberalism in the Post-9/11 World (February 1, 2006). Indian Journal of Economics & Business, Special Issue, pp. 35-53, 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=887424

Peter J. Boettke

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

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Christopher J. Coyne (Contact Author)

George Mason University - Department of Economics ( email )

4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
United States

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