I’m assuming all of you are aware of the big news that has transpired this week concerning Trump’s decision to launch missiles into Syria – a decision so at odds with his previous views he voiced so confidently on Twitter in 2013.
To be honest, I’m waiting to see how this whole thing plays out before I pass judgment on why precisely he chose to do this.
In the meantime, I’d like to flip back the Anarchist Notebook a few pages to January 2016, when I wrote the following warning to Trump supporters:
Do not turn to the state to solve problems the state created in the first place. Do not make this deal. Do not turn to these people to save us.
Whatever the hardship it requires, we must find a way to protect our way of life without the state and its adherents.
…I only care about the future of our culture, for libertarianism itself, and I do not trust this man, or any one man, to protect it through the state in such a centralized manner.
….libertarianism is as concerned with the means as it is the ends, and as long as there is a better means to the same end we have to take it. We cannot expect someone, anyone, to wield the Ring of Power and use it for good. We have to destroy it, if for no other reason than to ensure that our enemies cannot use it against us.
Time will tell how well my assessment holds up over the next four weeks, let alone four years.
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