01 Oct 2011

Tom Woods Having Another Field Day With Small-Big Government Conservatives

Foreign Policy 3 Comments

I particularly liked this part:

Throughout the Cold War, Soviet capabilities were consistently, almost ludicrously, inflated. It is hard to believe that so-called conservatives could in effect have shared the rosy view of Soviet productive capacity put forth by the likes of John Kenneth Galbraith and Paul Samuelson, but share them they did. It is as if they didn’t actually believe the free-market rhetoric they otherwise used. They expected a gigantic, socialistic basket case to conquer the world. What it wound up doing was accumulating basket cases in Africa and elsewhere that in no way helped and surely intensified its own economic backwardness.

But [Jeffrey] Lord, never one to question the bipartisan foreign-policy consensus – we heretics, on the other hand, dissent from every bipartisan consensus – takes Truman, a middle-of-the-road Democrat, to be a model statesman. Question Truman and his grandiose statements and strategy? What are you, some kind of commie?

I realize that in questioning the Cold War consensus I am violating one of the long list of unforgivable sins in the official conservative movement. The Cold War, like Ronald Reagan, is one of those topics on which mainstream conservatism will admit no dissent. There is the Official Version of Events, and there are the heretics who question it.

The Cold War apparatus gave birth to a military-industrial complex that is evidently impossible to rein in, and which is constantly in search of further justifications for ever-greater levels of spending. (There’s no fat to trim from the $1.2 trillion annual defense budget!) This is the one government program conservatives may never question. This one is run by omniscient angels who don’t need to be audited. This one has no entrenched interests of its own that it might pursue at the expense of the common good. That’s true only of the farm lobby and the education bureaucracies. This is the Department of Defense, citizen. Trust them. USA! USA!

3 Responses to “Tom Woods Having Another Field Day With Small-Big Government Conservatives”

  1. Eli says:

    They say there are two certain things in life; death and taxes. It seems to me that a Christian Anarcho-Capitalist rejects both.

    Do you want to wipe out all certainty in the world Bob?

  2. Cody S says:

    It strikes me that since the tyranny of the USSR was doomed to fail on its own with no US involvement, the same thing is clearly going to happen with the rest of the tyrannical systems libertarians decry everywhere, including the imperialist militarist United States, may it rot in hell.

    So why are libertarians always whining so much?

    I’m think it might mostly be about pot.

    Also, since our new mantra is clearly to be, “Never believe the production numbers governments cite”, why is it we are assuming the 1.2 trillion set as the US military budget in citations from the US government, is wholly truthful?

    Tom: “Gosh, these people are so gullible! Just because some government official writes a number somewhere doesn’t mean that that is the real amount! Governments lie all the time! And by the way, judging by the number of tanks the government told me it has, I think we have way too many!”

    Once again, mostly about pot.

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