After 9/11, anti-war libertarians started to really hate the Nolan chart and the accompanying “Word’s Smallest Political Quiz” because it had a “personal” axis and an “economic” axis but absolutely nothing on foreign policy, so all these hawks scored as pure libertarians without ever learning that war is the health of the state.
Walter Block suggests the Nolan Chart needs 3 axes:
- personal intervention
- economic intervention
- foreign intervention
In the 3D model, a “pure” libertarian would reject all 3 forms of intervention.
But even limiting himself to 2 axes, Rothbard better captured the issue:
- the welfare state
- the warfare state
And he emphasized that they were 2 sides of the same coin, a point utterly lost on left- and right-wingers.What brought these thoughts to mind this morning was an article that Anthony Gregory forwarded to me:
Any attempt to annihilate our Middle East enemies would create all sorts of handwringing about the innocent lives lost, so-called collateral damage.
Such an argument would have fallen on deaf ears during World War II when we firebombed cities in Germany and Japan. The loss of lives through saturation bombing far exceeded those lost through the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Ahh, those were the days! Remember when it was heroic to incinerate civilians? Let’s not go too far back in time, though. A century earlier, western nation-states were establishing rules of war that would make everything the US military has done since then a serious war crime.
Anthony Gregory points out: “Williams is more seen explicitly as a libertarian, rather than as a conservative free marketer like Sowell.” How depressing. I’m sorry I ever implied that Walter Williams is a libertarian. I was taking Tom DiLorenzo’s word for it.
As one comrade recently asked, “Why are so many of the prominent iconoclastic un-PC anti-left free-marketer African Americans such warmongers? Sowell, Williams, Elder, Steele …”
Good question. Here’s one I find much more puzzling. The 3 biggest lies of Establishment History, American Chapter are
- Lincoln was a good man;
- FDR’s New Deal was a good policy;
- WWII was a good war.
(I invite any of you to disagree with my quick list of the big 3.)
Williams has rejected the first two on that list. Why would #3 be harder than #1?