While South Carolina removes the Confederate flag, the crypto-libertarian Cato Institute has gone into full PR mode, posting numerous articles and videos on their social media accounts on why libertarians should condemn the Confederacy.
They really just don’t get it.
Nobody – especially libertarians – is defending the Confederacy. This isn’t about why South Carolina and other states wanted to leave the Union. It’s about why the North decided to invade, which had nothing to do with abolishing slavery (hence why some slave states fought on the Union side), and the consequences that has had on America ever since.
When is Cato going to put out an article on why libertarians shouldn’t support the Union? When are they going to put out articles condemning the actions taken by Lincoln during the war instead of calling him a “good American” or defending his unconstitutional behavior? When are they going to stop straining the gnat while swallowing the camel concerning the actions taken by both sides during secession and the Civil War?
I’m not holding my breath.