Bury the Monroe Doctrine at the University of Virginia

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Letter to Biden calling for a real Good Neighbor policy for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The text of the Monroe Doctrine:

“The occasion has been judged proper for asserting, as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved, that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. . . .

“We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety. With the existing colonies or dependencies of any European power, we have not interfered and shall not interfere. But with the Governments who have declared their independence and maintained it, and whose independence we have, on great consideration and on just principles, acknowledged, we could not view any interposition for the purpose of oppressing them, or controlling in any other manner their destiny, by any European power in any other light than as the manifestation of an unfriendly disposition toward the United States.”


Replacement for the Monroe Doctrine:

The occasion is long overdue for asserting, as a principle for the future conduct of the United States government, that other nations will be treated with the respect that this government would like to be treated with itself. Violations of the rights of one nation by another will be referred by the U.S. government to international courts, which the U.S. government will support, join, and hold itself likewise accountable to. Such violations will not be used as excuses for wars by the U.S. military. Nor will the U.S. government any longer speak of distant imperial wars as “defensive” or of U.S. “interests” as justifications for wars. The U.S. government will cease arming, training, and funding foreign militaries, police, and prison guards, cease sanctioning foreign populations, cease interferring in foreign elections, and cease imposing conditions on foreign nations through financial and trade policies. The U.S. government will join and support human rights and disarmament treaties, hold other nations to the same standard through its example and non-hypocritical action through a democratized United Nations or replacement thereof. The United States government will maintain itself as one among equals, and as an honest beneficiary of nations less wealthy and of nations that have not done the same sort of damage to our collective natural environment. U.S. policy will be formed, not through extra-legal doctrines, but through democratic or representative decision making, respecting all human and environmental rights.

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