I Wonder If I Am A Libertarian # 11

Key Concepts of Libertarianism


David Boaz


January 1, 1999

The key concepts of libertarianism have developed over many centuries. The first inklings of them can be found in ancient China, Greece, and Israel; they began to be developed into something resembling modern libertarian philosophy in the work of such seventeenth- and eighteenth-century thinkers as John Locke, David Hume, Adam Smith, Thomas Jefferson, and Thomas Paine.

Peace. Libertarians have always battled the age-old scourge of war. They understood that war brought death and destruction on a grand scale, disrupted family and economic life, and put more power in the hands of the ruling class — which might explain why the rulers did not always share the popular sentiment for peace. Free men and women, of course, have often had to defend their own societies against foreign threats; but throughout history, war has usually been the common enemy of peaceful, productive people on all sides of the conflict.

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From my perspective, there is nothing to argue about with this presentation on peace.

However, America’s fascination with “humane wars”, in which an over-riding fear of collateral damage, over-reaction and world opinion leads to evermore death and destruction in the long-run is self-destructive. For example, our feckless war on terror has no end in sight. Yet, is kills and terribly maimed our future generations of productive citizens by the never-ending tens of thousands.

If our interests are attacked; if our innocent men, women and children are killed and maimed we should wreak swift and hellish consequences on the perpetrators.

It is now in vogue for other countries to say, “it was not us that did this too you, it was a group of terrorists who are unwelcome in our country.”  To that we must say: “Get ride of your terrorists or we will get rid of them for you.” We will not put our boots on your ground, but we will find them and we will bomb them to death. We will try to minimize collateral damage , but it cannot e avoided.”

Then, if we do not see great strides to hunt the terrorists down and kill them. We must do what we threatened to do and damn the consequences.

Our attitude must be one of,  “if they allow terrorists within their borders to come and kill our innocent men, women and children we will come and kill the terrorists and that may include some of their innocent men, women and children. Better their innocent men, women and children than ours”.

Tell the world: “War is hell…and war with America will be especially hellish for those who attack us and those who harbor our enemies”.

VTM, 7/15/13

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