"Liberty is not a means to a political end. It is itself the highest political end." -Lord Acton
Interesting piece. I agree with most of it. But, as GMU's Donald Boudreaux always says, we must ask ourselves: "As compared to what? What is the alternative?"World War Two cemented into place the planned society in which all attention was directed toward the public sector as a liberator and savior of mankind. The words economic development, technology, and security were bound up with one institution only: the nation state. It was the nation that fought and won the war, launched the bomb, reconstructed economies, rescued the aged, educated the youth, stabilized the economy, and planned the exploration of space. The nation state was the new god: supposedly omniscient, omnipotent, and omni-competent.What would a libertarian state have done differently, under those circumstances? (Libertarian state... um... yeah.)And what should we do these days -- now that we face a threat more potent and terrifying than ever before?
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