The Cure for Human Rights Violations is Global Marketplace Trade

The global marketplace is the most powerfully-addictive new designer drug in the universe. Everybody wants some.

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An artist’s rendering of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (artist: Ronald Menti)

A Beginners Guide to Getting Hooked on Capitalism

Intense economic pressure to maintain open trading relationships is the key to peacefully protecting human rights around the world.

No Comply, No Supply

Setting the trap.

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President Donald J. Trump is greeted by Kim Jong Un, Chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel in Hanoi, for their second summit meeting. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

Avoiding Mutually Assured Destruction is Important

But nuclear weapons aren’t the real jumping off point; denuclearization doesn’t create trade relationships.

The Moral Price of Peace

The price of a denuclearized North Korea is not a continued acceptance of its egregious human rights violations. This presents a false binary choice; the world can have a denuclearized North Korea and stop the worst of the human violations in that country.

“I’m sure all of them will be watching the moment we are sitting together, side-by-side, as if they are watching a fantasy movie.” — Kim Jong Un, about viewers in America.

This is not a fantasy movie, unfortunately; brutal dictators aren’t brought to heel in a single conversation. Or two. Totalitarian regimes aren’t toppled because a U.S. President had the audacity to call its leader a bald-faced liar when Kim denied responsibility for Otto Warmbeir.

Spreading Peace to the Peaceful

Presenting an idea to those who already agree with it is easy, and intellectually lazy. See, preaching to the choir.

Tempting the Totalitarian

The global marketplace is the glittering gold ring, the siren song of a rapidly expanded middle class and a GDP that could double in 10 years.

The Power of the Free Press

Please keep in mind, these are not countries with a free press; these are countries in which the government body politic controls every aspect of how and what information is communicated to the public.

The Art of the Real

We must not underestimate the power of the global marketplace to bring human rights violators to heel. Protecting valuable trading partnerships is a powerful incentive.

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