Dr. Walter Block writes:
[I]n these statements of his, Donald Trump has not violated the NAP. He is only threatening to kill relatives of terrorists. He has not actually done so. He may never do so. Therefore, libertarians, at least, should cut him some slack with regard to these statements of his.
As a founding member of Libertarians For Trump, I say that our community ought to lighten up on him in other ways as well.I do not want to get into a discussion of whether Block is correct on this point based on libertarian theory. I think it is a much more complicated question than Block presents. (It depends for example on whose property you are standing on and what rules the property owners sets.) However, why is Block writing this piece in the first place without putting it in libertarian context?
Let us assume for the sake of argument that Block's position holds on threats, without further analyzing the complexity of the libertarian position on "free speech."
It strikes me as extremely dangerous for libertarians to discuss the idea of how government should be fighting terrorists without putting it in the context that the government shouldn't be involved in terrorist fighting in the first place from a libertarian perspective,
To say it is okay to threaten terrorists and "give Trump slack on this view "may cause many to jump to the conclusion that libertarians believe the government should be going around threatening people in certain circumstances.
Does Block believe this?
Talk about leaving a gaping hole where Trump deserves no slack.
The real libertarian stance should be not to "give Trump slack" and make the libertarian position clear. That is, Trump is an authoritarian who sees an important role for government in fighting the terrorists who are the largely created as a result of US activities in the Middle East in the first place and Trump's position here is absolutely horrific and no libertarian would hold such a position
To just say "give Trump slack" without clearly qualifying the extremely limited thread this slack is to be given on is a disservice to libertarianism.