Make love, not war was a catch-cry of the 1960s.
Make trade, not war might not sound as good but trade is a very effective deterrent to hostilities:
If we were living in earlier times, our country would be a prime target for invasion and takeover.
Our combination of natural wealth and small population would put us square in the sights of a bigger, aggressive nation looking to expand. We would be Gaul to Caesar’s Rome, England to Canute’s Denmark.
Our luck in settling a fertile country watered by plentiful rain is envied by many.
As the foodbowl of the South Pacific, we are eyed by countries worried about their ability to feed a population growing in numbers and in quality of life. They show no inclination to invade, thank goodness.
The paranoid among us would point to a takeover by stealth through the purchase of farmland but I don’t see that.
We are beneficiaries of the generations who fought to ensure a country like ours could thrive unmolested. And, befitting such enlightened times, we share our wealth with those who would formerly have enslaved us. It’s called trade.
We don’t have a lot of food to trade but it is of the highest quality. Rightly, we have recognised that we can make the most of our natural resources by feeding the more discerning among the world’s consumers. . .
Trade beats hostility and if we can’t provide quantity we can provide quality.
And for anyone who extols the virtues of fair trade, the only true fair trade is free trade?
Hat Tip: Anti Dismal who added a quote from Otto T. Mallory:
If soldiers are not to cross international boundaries, goods must do so. Unless shackles can be dropped from trade, bombs will be dropped from the sky.