by Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
What is really puzzling here is the intellectual failure of the conservatives and libertarians who have cheered for this war from the beginning. Why do these people, who otherwise understand the failure of government in all aspects of domestic politics, believe that the government has a Midas touch in dealing with foreign affairs? Here we have a serious and dramatic example of cognitive dissonance.
It’s as if a person who is terrified of drinking poison in the morning mistakes it for an aperitif in the evening.
What a poor example these people set for the left! If conservatives and libertarians are not willing to apply their anti-government logic consistently against war, how can they be surprised that the left is not willing to apply its antiwar logic domestically? Combine the two schools of inconsistency and you have the makings of the ever-growing welfare-warfare state.
So you want to know the future? It’s not as hard as it seems. Expect every government program to fail to achieve its stated aims – domestic and foreign – and you will hit the mark every time.
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