We were talking about the isolationist foreign policy that Texas Congressman Ron Paul indicates. It was noted that historically it is a position that was rather popular before World War I. Schweizer noted that there was a chief difference between isolationism then and the isolationism that Ron Paul espouses. He said the isolationism of previous generations was to keep the world from contaminating us. While Paul’s isolationism is starkly different in that it’s focused on how we contaminate the world, in that we are the problem.
He said Teddy Roosevelt said that we need to “walk softly, but carry a big stick. Ron Paul doesn’t even want the big stick.”