Since I’ve been on the road, I haven’t had time to listen to my usual suite of AM talk radio guys (which I normally hear on the way to work/lunch/etc.). I have just been getting my views of the Egyptian protests from people like Jeff Tucker (who gave a great talk at the Infinite Banking Concepts meeting in Birmingham on Wednesday) and Lew Rockwell:
That is the chant of the non-violent Egyptian resistance, as its members march on the Mubarak presidential palace, guarded by scared-looking young soldiers behind razor wire. The US media and State keep calling for the army to take over to prevent “chaos,” i.e., freedom. Yet what a model for all the world’s oppressed peoples these resisters are. They are showing us, once again, that non-violence can overcome the State and its armies and secret police, whereas returning violence for violence ends in massacre. Threats, torture, murder, beating, caging, these are the tools of the State. We, the opponents of the State, cannot possibly beat it at its own game, nor should we try. But with non-violence, we have a chance. Conscripted soldiers, break your weapons and go home to your families. Those you love need your hands and your brains, not your bullets.
But then on the road today (going from my “debate” with Atlanta Fed economist Jerry Dwyer to the Mises high school seminar outside of Knoxville) I heard Sean Hannity talking about it. I only listened for a few minutes, but the take-away message was: This is very bad. The radical Muslims are taking over in Egypt just like they did in Iran. When will leftists (in the media and the Obama administration) realize that these people want to kill us?
My point in the present post isn’t even to pick sides (though you can guess where my sympathies lie). Rather, I was just astounded at how diametrically opposed the reactions were. Since I had been isolated for a few days, it hadn’t occurred to me what the “conservative” take would be. I just sorta figured everybody would be in favor of peaceful people demanding that a murderous dictator step down.