Isolationism In The Cold War

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Emiliano Segura
America has not always been the intrusive neighbor whose only goal is to spread the message of democracy and capitalism. In fact, America—for most of its early lifetime—played their role in the world as an isolated island far away from Europe’s reach: avoiding conflict at all costs. It was mostly a country of production, gaining most of their wealth from manufacturing and trading goods. Much like China, Americans were the producers of the 19th century. Moreover, America practiced what is known as isolationism—especially during the time of war; but as the U.S. grew in the 20th century, so did there want to expand their messages of liberty, economy, and government; which it did effectively through the means of war.
During WW1
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Communism, to America, was the evil force which sought to illusion people into a trap of injustice and starvation. President Truman made high note of this, and his doctrine established it similarly; “the Greek state is today threatened by the terrorist activities of several thousand armed men, led by Communists” (Truman 1). The hate for communism was evident: red scare swept the country. This was followed by many things like spies, atomic bombs, and outer space—all of which encompassed the cold war. Economics, with the evolving capitalism pitted against the freshly made up idea of communism. America sought to prove capitalism was the best, and while USSR starved, America grew: one clear winner.
One thing not explicitly mentioned in any of these sources was the use of proxy wars as kind of experiments to see which system in practicality was better. One of them still relevant today is the Korean war. The Soviets aided the northern regime of the North, while the U.S. armed the aspiring for democracy south. To this day capitalism proved to be greater in actual practicality, as a dictator still rules North Korea and countless people are starving, and the south is booming economically and
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