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Posted at 3:52 PM ET, 02/24/2011

Can you win the future without reducing war?

By Ezra Klein

Erik Voeten notes that the one governmental institution dedicated to advancing our understanding of how to resolve international conflict non-violently is likely to get its funding cut:

The U.S. House of Representatives voted last week to cut nearly all funding to the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). USIP was established in 1985 by President Ronald Reagan. Among others, it sponsors a great deal of policy relevant academic research on issues of international peace and security. There are not a great deal of alternative funding sources available for the type of research they fund (disclosure: I have never received USIP funding but I have served on USIP funding panels). USIP has also been active in mediation and peacebuilding initiatives and in educating defense department officials on peacebuilding strategies.

File this under "spending less on government does not mean government spends less." Even getting a little bit better at conflict mediation and nonviolent resolution is the sort of thing that could save us a lot of money -- and other people a lot of lives -- in the long run. I'd like to think that "less unnecessary war" is included in our definition of "winning the future."

By Ezra Klein  | February 24, 2011; 3:52 PM ET
Categories:  Budget  
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Comments

End coercive taxation - require all government funding to be provided voluntarily.

I would be willing to bet quite a lot that the USIP would see as much or more funding than it has now, and the DoD would have trouble funding wars of choice.

Posted by: justin84 | February 24, 2011 4:31 PM | Report abuse

"Win the future" is a disgrace as a slogan. It is a conscious attempt to dumb down political discourse. It would never pass the lips of an educated person.

Posted by: truck1 | February 24, 2011 8:32 PM | Report abuse

Ezra asked: "Can you win the future without reducing war?"

I don't think that is possible.

Posted by: illogicbuster | February 25, 2011 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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