Perpetual Peace: Accepting the Yoke Without a Struggle

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) has released its 2012 Global Peace Index (GPI), and Americans can breathe a sigh of relief: the U.S. has once again avoided dropping below China in "peacefulness."  To be precise, America is now the 88th-most peaceful nation on Earth, just ahead of the 89th-ranked People's Republic.  If you just crawled out from under a U.S. Constitution and are wondering what standard of "peace" could yield a ranking that would have the world's beacon of freedom and the world's most powerful dictatorship in a virtual tie, I can do better than just offer a verbal summary of decades of moral relativism, moral equivalency, and socialist special pleading.  I can direct you to a picture, the GPI's interactive map, where you can have all the fun of clicking around the world for yourself, to learn exactly what constitutes peacefulness or the lack thereof. Let's begin at the beginning.  As America and China are languishing in the middle of the...(Read Full Article)