August 11, 2004
WHAT'S THAT GERMAN WORD FOR ENJOYING THE DIFFICULTIES OF OTHERS?:
Iraqi Democracy Stumbles at Starting Gate (Patrick Basham, 8/11/04, Cato)
Iraq recently stumbled badly while taking its first steps along the treacherous course to democratic self-rule. American officials had unwisely described the success of a three-day political conference scheduled for the end of July as an essential step in Iraq's political reconstruction. The conference, stipulated under a law enacted by the former U.S. Provisional Authority, was "postponed" after the political support beams collapsed. The prospects for a successful transition to representative government during 2005 are now dimmer than ever.
There's something disconcerting about watching libertarians argue that liberty is unworkable just because it is more important to them that we be isolationist.
Posted by Orrin Judd at August 11, 2004 1:20 PM
News flash: the 13 American Colonies stumbled out of the gate as they took the first steps towards democratic self-rule...
Not all us libertarians are isolationist. It certainly sad to see the normally sensible Cato Inst. succumbing to this idiotic "It's been three tenths of a second and we haven't implemented paradise yet, so something's gone wrong, horribly wrong!" mentality.
The libertarians on-line--Reasoin, Cato, Lew Rockwell, etc.--have been consistently isolationist haven't they?
Where I live, the main newspaper in the county describes itself as Libertarian. From this I conclude:
Libertarian = worshipping Ayn Rand as a god.
Libertarian = invoking The Free Market Economy (TM) as the answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Libertarian = invoking 1830s England (the background for all those Chas Dickens novels) as the Perfect Free Market Economy Paradise.
Libertarian = Total Purity of Party Ideology (i.e. "Die, Heretic!").
Isolationism does not require that we fail to respond to attack. Insofar as Iraq is concerned, most of our problems there can be traced to our manipulation of their political structure. If we hadn't occupied Iraq, and merely liberated it, our boys could be home now. No government that the Iraqis could have come up with would be more threatening to us than the present situation, in which insetad of being the liberators, we are the hated occupier, blamed for whatever goes wrong.
Our government failed to see that our precious founding documents could apply to Iraq as well.