Wednesday, May 11, 2011

War and Empire

  • "I would rather have a prolife/antiwar Ron Paul who thinks the drug war is a waste of resources than the 'enforce virtue with law conservatives' who never find a war they cannot support," writes reader Vickie. "When Kirkians-Burkeans-Distributivists stop sniping and start building, I will take them seriously."

  • The American Conservative's Gene Healy reviews a book that argues ours is "an age after the separation of powers, and the legally constrained executive is now a historical curiosity" — Hail to the Tyrant.

  • "Retired Gen. Wesley Clark reveals a very interesting conversation he had with a fellow officer at the Pentagon ten days after 9/11," posts David Kramer — Here’s an Interviewee You’ll Never See on ‘60 Minutes’.
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    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    Uhhhh, the Kirkian-Burkean-Distribists have opposed Gulf War I, II, Kosovo as well as other US interventions. Kirk was a leader in the opposition to the First Gulf War, and the man he endorsed for president of the United States, Patrick J. Buchanan, has been a stalwart critic of the American Empire, opposing our interventions abroad.

    Start building? Good night -- the conservative movement within Anglo-American civilization is the result of men like Edmund Burke and Russell Kirk and Chesterton and Beloc.

    Your reader's e-mail is a classic example of the kind of ignorance among the Libertarians that makes me even more skeptical about the movement and Ron Paul's disciples than I was before (and I was already plenty skeptical). The religious tingle to the Paulinistas is evident whenever he rises for one of futile runs for higher office.

    1:39 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    The problem is as of late, the "Kirkian-Burkean-Distribists" have become, paradoxically, ideological. They oppose the Paulistas and other libertarians because their notion of the sate may be wrong, which I grant it may well be.

    But let them put forth a better candidate. Sorry, but the Santorums, Gingriches, Romneys, Huckabees, etc. just don't measure up. They'll just increase federal state power for their own pet causes, be they foreign wars or legislating morality.

    So, "conservatives" won't support Paul because they think the federal government has to be involved in drug wars or foreign wars, and we'll get four more years of Obama or something worse.

    6:48 PM  
    Blogger Donald Goodman said...


    As for distributists, they won't support Paul (mostly, anyway; a few do) because he doesn't embody distributist ideals; namely, the widespread distribution of productive property among the populace. It has nothing to do with drug wars or foreign wars.

    Praise be to Christ the King!

    9:20 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Distributivism in a republic like ours can only be imposed from the bottom up, starting with families and local communities, and then the several states.

    Only Congressman Paul plans to return power to the states and local governments.

    6:53 AM  
    Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

    Distributionism doesn't need to be imposed -- the laws on corporations only need to be revised or repealed. And Paul doesn't support that -- he is as strong a defender of corporate power as any Wall Street Republican.

    As for your early comment about ideology, I think you are confusing ideology with principle. Conservatism is full of principles -- the Permanent Things as Kirk and Elliot called them -- but not ideology. The opposite is true of libertarianism. It has no principles -- no commitments to the things that make political and social and spiritual order possible -- but it is lots of ideology. The libertarian answer to every question is dictated by ideology -- even to an absurd end. Hence Ron Paul is now a crusader for heroin legalization.

    12:16 PM  
    Blogger The Western Confucian said...

    Ron Paul is against the corporate welfare that both parties support. He would let the "too big to fails" fail, and smaller companies would have moved into fill the void. Regional banks survived '08 quite well and could have picked up the pieces.

    As any Austrian will tell you, it is government-corporate collusion which creates monopolies, which prevent anything close to the vision of Distributivism from arising.

    Remember, back when we had a free market before the federal government took over the economy with FDR, we had numerous automobile manufactures. My hometown had airplane factories. Suddenly, only the big are allowed to survive. Corporations lobby for government regulation to stamp out competition.

    Ron Paul, a Christian gentleman (even Pat Robertson wants to decriminalize pot) and the most pro-life congressmen in the House, is a man of principle. His main principle is the Constitution, particularly the 10th Amendment.

    There are left-libertarians and right-libertarians. The former want the federal government to impose "freedoms" on states, communities, and individuals; the latter trust states, communities, and individuals to make decisions for themselves.

    12:45 PM  

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