War and Foreign Policy

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Boundaries, borders and broken eggs

War and Foreign Policy


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


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


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


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


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


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


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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How very strange that the war hasn't gone according to plan...

War and Foreign PolicyPolitical Theory


Randy Barnett lectures us that libertarians can and should be all for war — but for the life of him, he just can't seem to figure out why this particular centrally planned war on Iraq hasn't gone well....

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That anniversary

Big GovernmentWar and Foreign Policy


I find Iraq news painful to read so I was glad for this summary of the current situation in Iraq, from Antiwar.com, but can you believe that author's claim that "cuts to state subsidies" for industry contributes to...

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