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Conscription as an Omen

Big GovernmentWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

Blog12/07/2007

Robert Taft, champion of a non-interventionist foreign policy and leader of the Republican resistance to post-FDR foreign policy, gave a stirring speech against conscription in 1946.

There is one step now proposed, supported by government propaganda, which seems to me to strike at...

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Boundaries, borders and broken eggs

War and Foreign Policy

Blog11/09/2007

In order to slow illegal immigration, the US government is going to construct a fence along the international water boundary with Mexico. Not alongside the Rio Grande, but along the international water boundary. According to...

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The Postwar Renaissance III: Libertarians and Foreign Policy

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory

Blog11/07/2007

One of the most brilliant and forceful attacks on Cold War foreign policy in the postwar era came from the pen of the veteran free-market publicist Garet Garrett. In his pamphlet "The Rise of Empire," published in 1952, Garrett began by declaring: "We have crossed the boundary...

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Hemingway on the Costs of War and Inflation

Money and BanksWar and Foreign Policy

Blog11/03/2007

A selection of quotes from Ernest Hemingway's "Notes on the Next War: A Serious Topical Letter" first published in Esquire (September 1935): - "War is no longer made by simply analysed economic forces if it ever...

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The Postwar Renaissance II: Politics and Foreign Policy

War and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory

Blog10/31/2007

Murray Rothbard discusses the critical turning point in Republican politics: 1946-1950. In the realm of direct politics, it seemed clear that there was only one place for those of us not totally disillusioned with political action: the "extreme right wing" of the Republican Party. It...

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None Dare Call It Genocide

War and Foreign Policy

Blog09/18/2007

How comfy we are all in the United States, as we engage in living-room debates about the US occupation of Iraq. But there's one thing Americans don't talk about: the lives of Iraqis, or, rather, the deaths of Iraqis. It's about time that we think about the numbers. Opinion Research...

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Do Nuclear Weapons Deter?

War and Foreign PolicyPhilosophy and Methodology

Blog08/31/2007

Suppose that Iran got a nuclear bomb. Would it be of any use to it? Let's say the US attacks Iran and kills half of its population. Iran decides to retaliate by nuking Israel and destroying half of its population. What happens next? Israel responds with a nuclear strike eliminating...

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An Overview of Criticisms of Randy Barnett on Iraq and War

Big GovernmentWar and Foreign PolicyInterventionism

Blog07/27/2007

By now there's been a great deal of libertarian criticism and discussion of Randy Barnett's controversial Wall Street Journal editorial, Libertarians and the...

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