I’m a libertarian. Small L. While I follow the national party news, I’m not a member. I’ve been a registered libertarian voter since 1976.
How have I voted? I’ve a stock answer for that question, courtesy of a friend from long ago, Bud:
“The Australian Secret Ballot is one of our most cherished possessions.”
I’ve no plans to endorse any specific candidate in this blog. Of course, that may change. Currently, I know I’m not a fan of the class-warfare, income-redistributionist, nanny-statism, big spending policies of the current administration. I’m not a fan of the PATRIOT Act, TSA, and Department of Homeland Security efforts put in place by the previous administration, either.
Which brings me to the question. In the Modern World, should the United States remain the World’s Policeman? (Monroe Doctrine 2.0) Hard corp libertarians say no – stay out of foreign entanglements, as President Washington desired.
Others say, it depends on the situation.
Weasel Zippers has a link to Big Government, wherein Candidate Ron Paul, Republican nee Libertarian, was asked this very question.
As if he were in FDR’s shoes, at a time when the United States was not in danger of attack from Nazi Germany, BUT, had knowledge of the activities of the Holocaust.
Candidate Paul responded in the negative – NO, he would NOT have used United States resources, would not have risked American lives, to end the Holocaust (under the conditions posted in the question).
Of course, The United States WAS at risk of invasion as the European continent was falling to the national socialists. So the wording of the question may be fallacious.
But, it begs the point.
As a nation should we confront evil, wherever we find it? Just because it is evil? How many dictators have we supported because they were ‘friendly’ to the United States? Or had resources we needed? And how many oppressive regimes did we ignore? Or simply choose not to combat? Should we have?
Or should we always be isolationist, protect our borders and turn a blind eye to the rest of the World’s problems?
I personally don’t think we should be wholly isolationist, but, don’t think we should be jumping in everywhere, either.
The Sudan? Somalia? Iran? North Korea? Where does our interests outweigh our neutrality?
Just a fun thought for your drive to work this morning – Happy Motoring!