In response to my post, Murray Rothbard on Why Ronald Reagan Was Bad for Libertarianism, Dr. Walter Block emails:
Dear Bob:RW response:
I don't think you can legitimately extrapolate from Reagan to Trump. Murray said that the former used free market rhetoric, and pretty much did the opposte; that he presided over a general love for govt since he was such a sweetie pie. But the latter doesn't use free market rhetoric. Say what you will about him, no one, not even his supporters, think of him as a sweetie pie.
Which is why it is even more horrific that more Rothbardians don't attack Trump. What do they see in the man?WB response:
hey, I attack him. mainly on war-mongering and protectionism. but, I also give the devil his due. on: PC, Gorsuch, deregulation, lowering taxes, De Vos, environmentalism, etc.RW response:
So you certainly could say the same thing about Reagan on many points. The point is not that it is possible to find something that Trump is good on but that many libertarians have been silent on all the evil things he is doing. And now we learn that yes indeed he has expanded the rules of engagement for the use of nuclear weapons. Do you plan on attacking this engagement position?WB response:
I just got finished criticizing his war mongering. I'm busy with lots of other stuff. I doubt I'll continue to attack him for every little, or big, as in this case, thing he does wrong.
I shouldn't be criticized for what I don't write; only for what I do write.