|Dr. Walter Block forms Libertarians for Trump.|
Dr Block's justification boils down to this:
Suppose we were all slaves, and the master said we could have a democratic election; we could vote for overseer Baddie, who would whip us unmercifully once per day, or overseer Goodie, who would do exactly the same thing, but only once per month. We all voted for the latter. Is this incompatible with libertarianism? Would this make us worse libertarians? Anyone who thinks so does not really understand this philosophy.I have no problem with supporting for a president who is clearly better than opponents, but it is difficult to see how Donald Trump fits this profile,
Dr. Block makes clear that on a number of issues Trump holds position that are far from libertarian:
There are several issues upon which libertarians do not and cannot support Donald Trump. For example, protectionism. But, typically, regarding the issues where Mr. Trump deviates from libertarianism, so do the other candidates.It might be instructive to list some of the other issues where Trump is a bit short from a libertarian perspective:
He has called for sending US ground troops to the Middle East.
He has called for expanded libel laws.
He wants to build up the military
He wants provide additional support for police.
He wants to deport 11 million unregistered foreign-born workers.
Of particular concern, he has surrounded himself with belligerents:
What exactly is Trump good on?
For the most part, we have no idea what a Trump administration would look like. There are signs, however, that it could go very bad, given the three mentioned above that circle him. Further, Trump appears to have a strong authoritarian streak that could be provoked for any number of reasons.
Dr. Block is correct, the other candidates are not better, but to use a Dr. Block metaphor, we have no idea how often Trump will whip us or how hard.
If there ever was a time to sit out an election this is it.
If Trump gains the Republican nomination and then wins the general election, do libertarians really want to claim that they were involved in supporting such a man on his way to victory? I, for one, don't want to have anything to do with it.
I do not want to ever have to take to this web site and apologize because Trump, as president. decided to act on his authoritarian streak.
I find it quite remarkable that Dr. Block wants to roll the dice on this? For what? What can a libertarian possibly gain by supporting Trump? Trump isn't going to listen to libertarians. It appears that he often rejects even the sound advice of a person he is close to, Roger Stone. At the same time, the downside of such support is significant. It can't be ruled out that after a Trump administration, historians far into the future may explain the support for the authoritarian Trump, by starting the explanation something like this, "Even prominent libertarians at the time such as Walter Block were taken in by Trump and actively supported him." Does Dr. Block really want that as his legacy?
Hey, raise your hand with Dr. Block and take the Trump pledge, if you want. but I am going to do nothing of the kind.