isolationism isolationism  /ˌaɪ sə ˈleɪ ʃə ˌnɪ zəm/


  • (n) a policy of nonparticipation in international economic and political relations

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  1. Will's views on war generally harken back to another era of pre World War II conservative isolationism.
  2. Yet when war came, Cardinal Villeneuve shed his isolationism, urged French Canadians, foes of conscription and overseas service, to register for the draft and to enlist.
  3. There is also economic isolationism, otherwise known as protectionism.



  1. "We hear voices calling for us to retreat from the world and close our doors to these opportunities," Mr Bush said in a speech in Singapore before he flew to Hanoi. "These are the old temptations of isolationism and protectionism, and America...
    on Nov 17, 2006 By: President Bush Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "I reject the false virtues of economic isolationism," McCain told the National Council of La Raza. "Any confident, competent country and its government should embrace competition."
    on Jul 14, 2008 By: John McCain Source: Kansas City Star

  3. At one point, McCain gave a history lesson to libertarian-leaning Rep. Ron Paul, who wants to pull troops out of Iraq, saying: "that kind of isolationism, sir, is what caused World War II."
    on Nov 29, 2007 By: Ron Paul Source: Forbes

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