It took less than a month for the Biden administration to start dropping bombs on the Middle East. Once again, the strikes are in Syria, in response to an alleged attack on US troops in Iraq. Now, both a Republican and Democratic President have ignored the will of the Iraqi people, who voted last year to expel all foreign troops from their country. So much for spreading democracy abroad…
What recourse does the private Iraqi or U.S. citizen have against a state power bent on intervening in distant lands? The radical libertarian must be content to drop memes – not bombs. Our peaceful pact, the non-aggression principle, prevents us from using coercion, even when the State egregiously violates the Constitution and international law.
And so we are left with ideas. Fortunately, in the long run, ideas and memes may be more powerful than bombs and fighter planes.
Jeff Deist – the eloquent and spirited President of the Mises Institute – will join me this Sunday to close out this week's celebration of #RothbardWeek, which began on the late great libertarian scholar's birthday on Monday.
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- Jeff Deist on Twitter
- Why Rothbard Endures | Mises Wire by Jeff Deist
- Parallel Lives: Liberty or Power? | Mises Institute by Lew Rockwell, 2010
- War and ‘Isolationism’ - LewRockwell,1973 Reason Magazine interview with Murray Rothbard
- February 2021 United States airstrike in Syria - Wikipedia
- Biden “Illegally” Bombs Iranian-Backed Militias in Syria, Jeopardizing Nuclear Talks with Tehran | Democracy Now!