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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | NOVEMBER 02, 2011 7:20 AM

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Libertarian foreign policy unsuitable for modern age

The Libertarian Party's view on foreign relations was perfectly suited for a small, weak, geographically isolated nation, such as the United States in the 1780s. Should those conditions and that time occur again, the United States ought to follow that policy. I'll be in the first group to wear a tricorner hat and buy a Betsy Ross flag.

The 20th and 21st centuries, however, present a different picture. Should the United States refused to aid Britain in 1940 and 1941? We hadn't been attacked — following Libertarian dogma would presumably have led to U.S. nonintervention. Doing so would likely have led to a British defeat and Nazi domination of the West. That domination would likely still be in place today.

There are serious bad guys in the world. They hate and plan to attack the United States, and they no longer use 18th-century wooden sailing ships and muskets. If the United States is to protect its liberty, it must ally itself with its friends to combat modern, mortal danger.

Libertarianism, socialism, and other idealistic dogmas sound terrific in the abstract. In the real world, if implemented, they would lead to disaster beyond imagination.

Mike Norton
UI alum


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