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Subject:  Re: Libertarians and Their Little Theories Date:  7/7/2004  2:01 AM
Author:  prometheuss Number:  9397 of 23810

There are plenty of Libertarians that feel the war on Iraq is correct.

That's like saying that there are plenty of vegetarians who eat pork chops.


Nonsense. I suggust you read "Libertarian Just War Theory" by Wendy McElroy (http://www.zetetics.com/mac/articles/justwar.html). Only those who believe in some fantasy of a libertarian utopia believe that a nation should never go to war. Many (probably most) libertarians are too practical for such soft headed thinking which would enslave a libertarian nation to some brutal regime in short order.

As Wendy McElroy notes: [L]ibertarians tend to view the American Revolution as a noble struggle, waged for the principles of "natural rights" and "no government without the consent of the governed." In short, it was a just war. Furthermore, I know few libertarians who consider opposition to Hitler and Nazi Germany in WWII as anything but just and proper.

Even Alexander Mosely, author of "A Philosophy of War", concedes that free-market and libertarian philosophy needs to become embedded in our cultural outlook before war dissipates completely.

Regards,
Prometheuss






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