I’ve been having a conversation with a few people about educating the public on libertarian points of view using Schoolhouse Rock type animations when I remembered that someone has already done a short a while ago that brings up the duplicity in allowing the government to commit crimes that would put individuals in jail.
In the cartoon Pirates and Emperors ( ), the tale starts in Roman times and quickly moves forward to paint a duplicitous foreign policy around the world, ending in Iraq:
ALEXANDER THE GREAT: What meanest thou by keeping hostile possession of the sea?
PIRATE: What meanest thou by seizing the whole earth; because I do it with a petty ship, I’m called a robber, whilst thou who dost the same with a great fleet art styled emperor.
It’s sharp and witty and handily reiterates the libertarian ideal of minding our own business (“Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations; entangling alliances with none.” Thomas Jefferson).
I hoping the author has plans for more of these libertarian-ish common sense cartoons in the future.
After Googling “libertarian schoolhouse rock:” Benjamin over at Libertarian Longhorns :
I find one of the most difficult libertarian positions to defend is non-interventionist. It’s hard to defend the idea of not coming to the aid of victims. Unfortunately good intentions in the minds of common people and in the minds of our leaders, turn out to be wrong, often disastrously so. Since WWII, the U.S. has supported, then rebuked a long line of tyrants. The philosophy of “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” has led to supporting Saddam, the Mujahideen, the Shah of Iran, and many others.