Good Trump News?Of course, we can cheer a cut in the EPA staff, but I think there is more to Tatum's email. A kind of hope that all libertarians get on the same page and sing kumbaya. The item to bring about this joyous song is Trump's slashing of a part of government, the EPA staff.
Can we celebrate this as libertarians?
Trump plans to cut EPA staff in half
But I am sure that if Hillary had become president we could find some specific thing to cheer. The point is that Trump is horrific on many, many things and if libertarians should be coming together on anything it is this. He is horrific on protectionism. He is horrific on the entry of immigrants into the country--I am not talking refugees, I am talking those that have a private property place to go. He is horrific in terms of his pro-Israel stance, when the US should stay completely out of Middle East entanglements. He is horrific in his taunting of China. He has a National Security Adviser that believes the entire Muslim religion must be reeducated. He has an incoming Treasury Secretary who believes the IRS should be expanded. He is horrific in his plan for a huge military buildup. He is horrific in his suggesting that he is willing to provide Federal "help" in Chicago.
There is something good that can be said about any government, any leader. I point to the book The German Question by the heroic Wilhelm Röpke who early on warned about the Nazi government and was declared by the Nazis an "enemy of the people" and had to flee Germany.
Röpke wrote in the book:
[M]en began to talk of "the good sides of the regime that do after all exist" of the possibility of the great normalization, or of the supposed necessity of "helping" the decent Nazis against the worse ones. Nothing could have suited Nazism better.There is much too much labeling of Trump by the wacko left with the Hitler label but that doesn't mean we can't learn anything from studying history, including German history. And German history teaches us what should be one obvious danger, that is, to find one sane move by an insane person, with an army that will follow him, and cheer. We must look at the totality of what is going on and with Trump it is mostly authoritarian and dangerous.