Michael Edelstein emails:
I’d be interested in you commenting on your blog about Justin’s unbridled optimism: http://original.antiwar.com/Justin is a good friend and he was a very close friend of Murray Rothbard's. I think he gets his optimism from Rothbard. No one matches Murray's personality but hang around Justin long enough and those who knew Murray will realize he is close.
I can't argue with what Justin writes in the referenced column. There is a near-global revolt against the elites.
But I am a bit more cautious in expecting a lot from these revolts. The appreciation by the revolting masses for private property and freedom isn't there that will guarantee these revolts will lead toward liberty.
I am far less optimistic than Justin when it comes to Donald Trump. I think he has the potential to be horrific on both the domestic and foreign policy side. But we will see in time.
I am most optimistic about the emergence of François Fillon, who is the French Republican Party's presidential nominee in the 2017 French election versus the National Front candidate Marine Le Pen.
Fillon is far from a libertarian but he does have strong free market leanings.
Revolts and secessionists movements are exciting things and it does keep the establishment off balance but such movements that do not also mix in a good thirst for freedom could go very bad. Mao's revolution in China and Lenin's revolution in Russia led to, at a minimum, tens of millions dead.
Libertarians have a lot of work to do before we can rest comfortably and know that revolution will lead to more freedom and liberty. Right now it is a toss up with a coin weighted against us.