The late Murray Rothbard thought war and peace was the most important libertarian issue. He argued that war was justified only in response to a direct attack. Interventions abroad to advance supposed American interests or values serve only to advance the power of the Leviathan State and ought to be entirely rejected. By this measure, US foreign policy in the 20th and early 21st centuries has been a disaster. Interventionism, nation-building, and wars of choice have caused enormous damage and increased the State's power, just as Rothbard foresaw.
Can Trump change any of this? Can he stand against the entrenched mindset that America must intervene in conflicts around the globe? Can he face down the foreign policy establishment and defense industry cronyism, which rely on neoconservative doctrines of pre-emptive war and nation-building?
Tune in next Saturday, April 8, as the Mises Institute broadcasts live from Lake Jackson to discuss War and Peace in the Age of Trump. Speakers will include Ron Paul, David Stockman, Jeff Deist, Daniel McAdams, and more!
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