Archive | April 26, 2011

Gratitude Attitude?

aftermath of Dresden bombing

Here’s my letter (needless to say, not published) to Dear Abby from a few weeks ago.

Dear Abby:

I couldn’t disagree more with “Proud Mom in Overland Park,” and with your reply to her.

The idea that we owe “gratitude” to members of the armed forces is baffling. The U.S. military travels all over the world, acting in our name, shooting and bombing innocent people who have never posed any threat to us.

How is this of any benefit to the American people? If anything, it makes us less safe, by fueling violent resentment around the world.

No, I don’t think members of the armed forces should be “cursed and reviled” either. They’re mostly victims, who’ve been tragically deceived by government propaganda.

I used to be a strong supporter of U.S. troops and U.S. military action myself. Then I gradually started to learn more and more about what the military actually does and how little it adheres to its supposed mission of defending American liberty.

I urge you to educate yourself and your readers on the actual causes and effects of U.S. foreign policy; two good places to start are Jonathan Kwitny’s Endless Enemies and Chalmers Johnson’s Blowback.


Roderick T. Long

Reaching Left, Part 2

Keith Preston has a critique of my Mises Circle paper. (CHT Ralph Raico.) Needless to say, I have some comments to make about it, but no time right now (I just got back from San Diego), so I’m simply linking to it for the moment. (But three smiley faces to the first reader to identify the glaring non sequitur in his first paragraph ….)

In related news, Martin a.k.a. Mr. Civil Libertarian has a piece on left-libertarianism here.

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