Thursday, February 23, 2006

Internationalism, Free Trade and Mutual Aid

In researching Isolationism and Internationalism I came across this interesting article. I think my friends on the Libertarian Left ;

Porcupine-Larry Gambone's Blog

Brad Spangler

Mutualist Blog: Free Market Anti-Capitalism

The Kn@ppster

Freeman Libertarian Critter

will appreciate the irony of it.

Is there any real scientific basis for the concept of internationalism apart from the strictly sociological approach? Economically, the consequences of internationalism are obvious and have already been hinted at. The main concept is that of an international solidarity expressed in practice through worldwide division of labor: free trade is the principal point in the program of internationalism. This also agrees with the latest ideas and theories in the field of natural science. Concord, solidarity, and mutual help are the most important means of enabling animal species to survive. All species capable of grasping this fact manage better in the struggle for existence than those which rely upon their own strength alone: the wolf, which hunts in a pack, has a greater chance of survival than the lion, which hunts alone. Kropotkin12 has fully illustrated this idea with examples from animal life and has also applied it to the social field in his book Mutual Aid (1902).

Christian Lange – Nobel Lecture*, December 13, 1921

* Dr. Lange delivered this lecture at the Norwegian Nobel Institute in Oslo. This translation is based on the Norwegian text in Les Prix Nobel en 1921-1922. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

From Nobel Lectures, Peace 1901-1925, Editor Frederick W. Haberman, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972

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