The late Murray Rothbard thought war and peace was the most important libertarian issue. He argued that war was justified only in response to a direct attack. Interventions abroad to advance supposed American interests or values serve only to advance the power of the Leviathan State and ought to be entirely rejected. By this measure, US foreign policy in the 20th and early 21st centuries has been a disaster. Interventionism, nation-building, and wars of choice have caused enormous damage and increased the State’s power, just as Rothbard foresaw.
Can Trump change any of this? Can he stand against the entrenched mindset that America must intervene in conflicts around the globe? Can he face down the foreign policy establishment and defense industry cronyism, which rely on neoconservative doctrines of pre-emptive war and nation-building?
Tune in next Saturday, April 8, as the Mises Institute broadcasts live from Lake Jackson to discuss War and Peace in the Age of Trump. Speakers will include Ron Paul, David Stockman, Jeff Deist, Daniel McAdams, and more!
This week Theresa May made Brexit official, triggering Article 50 in the UK’s agreement with the European Union. Our friend Godfrey Bloom, a legendary voice for British sovereignty and a founding member of UKIP, joins Mises Weekends to discuss what happens next. Is globalism truly on the decline? And does the rise of Marine Le Pen mean Frexit may also be possible?
And in case you missed any of them, here are the articles featured this week on the Mises Wire:
- Is the Demand for T-bills Driving Treasury Deposits at the Fed? by Frank Shostak
- The War on Cash: Old and New by Louis Rouanet
- Ending the Federal Reserve from the Bottom Up by William Greene
- Klaas Knot on ECB Tapering: “We’ll See” by C.Jay Engel
- EU President Hopes the US Breaks Up into Smaller Pieces by Ryan McMaken
- Remembering Burt Blumert by David Gordon
- Kirzner Reviews Rothbard by Matthew McCaffrey
- Academia ‘Plays Market’ With Dire Consequences for Science by, Carmen Elena Dorobăț
- End the State’s Monopoly on Policing by Tate Fegley
- L.A. to Worsen Housing Shortage with New Rent Controls by Ryan McMaken
- Janet Yellen on Workforce Development by C.Jay Engel
- Colonel House and Woodrow Wilson: Paving the Way for War by T. Hunt Tooley
- The Problem with Paid Parental Leave by Xiong Yue
- Mises on Nationalism, the Right of Self-Determination, and the Problem of Immigration by Joseph T. Salerno
- Raiders Move to Vegas Gives Taxpayers Reason to Boo, Players Reason to Cheer by Tho Bishop
- How the Left Learned to Love States’ Rights by Andrew Syrios
- The Government Spies on All of Us — So Why Not Spy on Trump? by Ron Paul
- Ludwig von Mises and Trash TV by Tho Bishop
- Steve Bannon Dismisses Austrian Economics by Jeff Deist
- Why Angela Merkel Hates Tax Competition by Ryan McMaken
- How to Interpret the Shape of the Yield Curve by Frank Shostak
- Browse the Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics
- Six Graphs that Reveal Big Problems for Student and Auto Loans by Jonathan Newman
- Idaho Politician Opposes Removing Tax on Gold for a Very Odd Reason by Jp Cortez
- The Right to Discriminate Is a Basic Property Right by Laurence M. Vance