A foreign policy for a brighter future and a safer planet

For barely 4% of humanity's population, it's fair to say that America has an outsized role on the world stage. We're the lone military superpower, with capabilities that surpass all other nations. The majority of developed nations are our sworn allies, comprising a global military alliance the likes of which the world has never before seen. The global economy runs on our currency, and we're the backbone of most international institutions. As events have unfolded since the First World War, it has been our voice the free world has looked to for guidance.

Today, that guidance is needed more than ever. As global security deteriorates amid the rise of potential adversaries while our environment begins to collapse and natural resources deplete, the world will look to America for leadership once again.

It is a call we must answer. Yet it is an answer that requires us to make a choice as a country about the reality of our foreign policy and what that reality will look like tomorrow.

For decades, our foreign policy has straddled a line between two faces of America. In public, we promote democracy and human rights on the world stage. We give lots in foreign aid. We coordinate the majority of global charity efforts and our military might defends global security. We've liberated oppressed people, secured freedom of the seas and stopped terrible and evil forces.

Yet behind closed doors, we also maintain alliances with regimes hostile to our value systems because they sell us oil at a cheap price. We topple democratically elected leaders and replace them with dictators friendly to our economic interests. We support factions of civil wars that end up becoming terrorists. We outfit foreign regimes with weapons they use to murder and oppress their own people. We start wars we don't know how to finish.

We wear both of these faces because in reality the world is not so black and white. Maintaining our place atop the global power structure and ensuring the free world remains free is extremely challenging and comes with sacrifices that, while morally troubling, are nonetheless sometimes necessary in a complicated and often dangerous world. Keeping global peace comes with the need to get our hands dirty at times, and if that means a bomb gets dropped or trigger gets pulled, that's the sad reality of the way our world sometimes works. We'd be foolish to ignore that.

Yet we'd be equally foolish to suggest this is a reality immune to change.

Since the dawn of civilization, humanity has fought over resources. No matter what justification formed the stated cause, be it religion, nationalism or any other call to arms, with few exceptions human conflicts nigh always have been caused by resource scarcity and the economic damage caused as a result. And the dominance in furtherance of that is what has largely driven our foreign policy and foreign-focused military since the 1900s.

Our core goal of Universal Energy is directly designed to change that. Not by changing human nature - an assuredly impossible task - but rather by using technology to remove the core cause of conflict so that we can interact with each other and the world as a whole on completely new footing.

Universal Energy's goal is to make possible the synthetic production of critical resources on a large scale so we stop fighting over them. And it allows us to sell the technologies that make this possible to other countries so they, in turn, stop fighting over resources. Instead of making weapons to sell to other countries to usher in what version of “peace” we find most acceptable, we build technology that produces resources to usher in what version of peace is actually peace.

Not peace through superior firepower. Not peace through lofty ideology. Peace through superior technology.

In this effort, we intend to approach foreign allies and adversaries with a mutual degree of respect. The way the world worked yesterday does not have to be the way the world works tomorrow. We can continue to throw trillions of dollars and countless hours of our best and brightest towards how we can better kill each other, or we can instead devote our resources to cooperating towards mutual benefit.

The American Alliance Party proposes a compromise-based and humanitarian-focused immigration policy that incorporates perspectives held by both conservative and liberal ideologies.

This is not a naïve goal, and great danger lies in suggesting otherwise. Human beings are not inherently evil or prone to violence. It's a brush conveniently wide enough to paint our adversaries with once their and our interests reach cross purposes, and there are certainly regimes that embrace evil ends through selfish consolidation of power at the expense of their people.

But these regimes are the exception, not the rule. Through advances in technology that dramatically improve our way of life while dramatically reducing the strain we place on our natural environment, we can forge consensus and compromise among the nations that comprise the rule. With them, we can stand united against the regimes that comprise the exception.

As we stand in the face of a future that carries extraordinarily trying challenges alongside grand possibilities, the world needs American leadership that seeks global compromise. We must admit to ourselves that we can't carry this burden alone, that we are so much stronger when we work together, and that we can't afford to keep distrusting each other based on events written in the pages of our past. It is imperative on us to write the right pages for the future.

There is therefore no reason why we cannot approach our adversaries and start a dialogue on what options we have at our disposal to see us get to a point where we can have an honest discussion about where mutually beneficial compromise can start. The world is too small and our capabilities too great to resign ourselves to embracing pettiness as if we can simply fight our way out if things don't go our way. We've been at war for 15 years. It's gotten us nothing, and it's cost us dearly. Who in their right mind thinks another war with anyone, let alone a large power, is going to turn out well even in the best-case scenario? Who wants to live in that world, or wake up in the world after it's all over?

Is that honestly the world we want to hand off to our children, gift-wrapped with our thanks?

People, enough is enough.

We have to move forward from this divisive, isolated mindset where we can just close off the rest of the world and leave it to its own devices. That world is our world whether we'd shut it out or not, and the fate of those who share it with us will be the fates we will share as well whether we like it or not. And that is the undeniable reality our foreign policy will reflect.

Our foreign policy will reflect the possibility for greater cooperative economic opportunities, not just through the sale of advanced energy technologies but also through the ability to use these technologies to build ever-greater achievements for the actual betterment of mankind.

Our foreign policy will encourage greater military cooperation, reducing distrust among potential adversaries while underscoring the fact that global security is a role that must be fulfilled by the global community as all our fates are tied to it.

Our foreign policy will encourage greater aid through advanced energy technology and use the very same to ensure a nation's security. Instead of selling weapons that all too frequently are used on innocent people and earning us the enmity that comes with it, we will seek to provide security through the tools for nations to build themselves prosperous by their own hand and earning us the gratitude that comes with that. The Alliance Party would no longer see the United States as the world's largest arms dealer, but rather would see us be the world's source for the means of forward advancement, humanitarian improvement, hope and progress.

Our foreign policy will encourage greater cooperation on scientific advancement, the exploration of the oceans and our greater Solar System. We realize that by pooling resources, we can form better approaches to tackle complex challenges, and the perspectives that different cultures and expertise can bring allow the most voices in the room to come to the most effective strategies. Humanity's long-term survival depends on us reaching inexorably complex milestones, and any investment in these goals requires a concerted effort from all of us.

Lastly, our foreign policy will focus on dialogue and compromise based on good-faith. These higher aspirations of global unity, towards getting to a place where we can make honest compromises because our needs are honestly met, are not pipe dreams. They're core perspectives. We may come from different backgrounds, speak different languages, value different cultures and honor different Gods, but we all want the same thing at the end of the day: a world we can give to our children that we know is better than the one we ourselves inherited.

That is a goal we can all get behind, and that is mindset we will adopt towards achieving that end.

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