Monday, August 22, 2016

What the Hell is the Purpose of "Libertarians for Trump"?

The following exchange took place between Dr. Walter Block and me.

Dear Bob:

I agree a newbie will not get a grip on libertarianism from LFT. But, not everything we do has to be focused on recruitment.

How does discussing who is more insane when it comes to war, Hillary or Trump. do anything to advance the cause of liberty? If Hillary is way worse than Donald on war, and we support Donald, then we are less likely to get an unjustified war. That seems libertarian to me. Plus, Donald is WAY better than Hillary on political correctness, and, likely to be better on Supreme Court nominations.

Best regards,

Walter

Walter E. Block, Ph.D.
Harold E. Wirth Eminent Scholar Endowed Chair and Professor of Economics
Joseph A. Butt, S.J. College of Business                  

Loyola University New Orleans

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Hi Walter,

What would you say you are trying to accomplish with "Libertarians for Trump"?

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To beat Hillary

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Hi Walter,

Do you really think Trump for Libertarians will have an impact in defeating Hillary?

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Dear Bob:

A minor effect. Libertaraians are what, 1%, 5%, 10% of the electorate? If many of them follow my advice here:

Block, Walter E. 2016. “Hillary, Bernie, Donald, Gary: A Libertarian Perspective.” June 4https://www.lewrockwell.com/2016/06/walter-e-block/hillary-bernie-donald-gary/


Sure, this will have some effect in closely fought states.

Best regards,

Walter

4 comments:

  1. There must be some kind of a fund or grant that pays out anyone who is willing to dilute genuine libertarian with hogwash.

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  2. Trump is more libertarian than "libertarian" Gary Johnson.

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  3. Not that it matters but RW has, at length, convinced me. "Rooting" for one politician or another guarantees only complicity in crime on the one hand, or unjustified counterfactual bragging rights on the other. Opportunity cost is real and time spent doing anything productive is infinitely preferable.

    Oppose war instead of supporting your neighbor who opposes war. Raise your children instead of criticizing your neighbors who won't raise their own. Perfect your body and your mind completely, and then you may find the moral leisure to "root" for one despot over the other, after your apotheosis.

    (Sorry Murray.)

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  4. So, according to Dr. Block, the purpose of electing Trump would be to beat Hillary? Seems rather circular. He simply refuses to address how we can calculate who is a sliver better when Trump radically changes his positions all the time, and we know both are lying about what they'll actually do in office. Sucker's game!

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