War and Foreign Policy
Murray Rothbard wrote: ‘Isolationism’ was coined as a smear term to apply to opponents of American entry into World War II. Since the word was often applied through guilt-by-association to mean pro-Nazi, ‘isolationist’ took on a ‘right wing’ as well as a generally negative flavor. If not actively pro-Nazi, ‘isolationists’ were at the very least narrow-minded and ignorant of the world around them, in contrast to the sophisticated, worldly, caring ‘internationalists’ who favored American crusading around the globe.
Since the Vietnam War, of course, antiwar forces have been considered ‘leftists,’ and interventionists from Lyndon Johnson to Jimmy Carter and their followers have constantly tried to pin the ‘isolationist’ or at least ‘neoisolationist’ label on today’s left wing.
Left or right? During World War I, opponents of the war were bitterly attacked, just as now, as ‘leftists,’ even though they included in their ranks libertarians and advocates of laissez-faire capitalism. In fact, the major center of opposition to the American war with Spain and the American war to crush the Philippine rebellion at the turn of the century was laissez-faire liberals…
In this week’s chapter of the For a New Liberty audiobook:
- ‘Isolationism,’ Left and Right
- Limiting Government
- American Foreign Policy
- Isolationist Criticisms
- War As the Health of the State
- Soviet Foreign Policy
- Avoiding A Priori History
- A Foreign Policy Program
Next week, the final chapter:
‘A Strategy for Liberty” …
(And if you don’t want to wait for the free audio, you can always purchase the new, hardbound edition of Rothbard’s manifesto here.)