Archive for Pacifism

Why Rothbardian Institutions Would Become Nonviolent

Set aside 90 minutes and listen to this one, folks.

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Thoughts on the “Vice” Episode on Charlottesville

Partly because I had technical hang-ups and partly because I wanted to collect my thoughts, I’ve waited a bit before saying anything publicly about this shocking video on Charlottesville. So here are my reactions, and again I’m closing the comments on this because I think that will help to contain further fighting. ==> It will […]

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Diplomacy > Aggression

This guy emailed me and things quickly turned ugly. But then it turned around and we are agreeing to disagree. He gave me permission to post our exchange (with his name removed). After the dust settled, I realized that he honestly had no idea what my actual position was; if I had been the guy […]

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Never Bet on Black

My Freedom Fest debate with Conrad Black, on whether FDR is a champion of liberty. I did not handle my time well; I really need to get something besides my iPhone (where the screen disappears when it’s idle). But, in watching this video, I think I at least got my point across. If you’re curious, […]

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A Reader Note About Pacifist Strategy

He gave me permission to post here: I recently viewed a discussion you had about pacifism, and the topic came up: how do we make progress? I’m an Air Force officer who is currently undergoing a conscientious objector’s application. I’ve thought A LOT about non-violence lately, and have A LOT of opinions about it. One […]

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A Revealing Misunderstanding

This is actually kind of interesting. I made this wiseguy FB post: What I meant was, it puts you in such a good mood to hear “Merry Christmas Darling” or “Walking in a Winterland,” that it would make the fighters chill out and lay down their arms. The extra joke of course was that they […]

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War Doesn’t Solve the Socialist Calculation Problem

My latest at FEE. An excerpt: The logic of voluntary market arrangements holds in the case of conscription as well. Suppose a foreign nation has amassed millions of soldiers on the border, and is preparing to invade. Wouldn’t even a classical-liberal government have to hold its nose and impose a draft on its citizens, just […]

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Two Libertarian Views on War

When evaluating the so-called War on Poverty or Drugs, libertarians will often say something like, “After boatloads of money and many lives ruined in waging such efforts, decades later we haven’t really solved the underlying problem.” Thus, they do not support such “wars.” On the Fourth of July, libertarians will often say something like, “By […]

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