The libertarian hawks seem to be slowly defecting away, even if the LP won’t publicly acknowledge it’s own stance against pre-emptive war (note, I didn’t say anti-war, there’s a difference between valid self-defense and military adventurism). Most of them seem to be running to the socially conservative, fiscally liberal party of the Republicans, but a few are just stuck as independents. Reason’s Hit & Run column tracks one loony who calls himself a “freedomist”:
Last month R.J. Rummel, the author of Death by Government and Power Kills, announced that because so many libertarians oppose the Iraq war, he is no longer a libertarian but a “freedomist.”
This week we learned one of the differences between the two philosophies: freedomists don’t want a free press.
I’ve been less than enthusiastic with how the LP has neglected marketing itself, and I think they need to have a clear message on 9/11 and Iraq that draws on feelings of self-reliance as well as strong patriotism that roots itself in Constitutional beliefs. I created this mock advertisement to convey that message, and from my initial sharing with several liberals and conservatives, this is a strong and clear message:
Ads like this are designed to introduce a third, valid voice, into the debate. The voice of reasoned self-defense and retaliation when it’s just. After all, not all war is unjustified, and there were extremely few outcries against the invasion of Afghanistan in search of Osama bin Laden. Somewhere between Afghanistan and Iraq, our priorities got derailed and our foreign policy took a turn for the adventurist. The LP needs to tap into those who are disaffected by this policy shift on both sides of the political spectrum.