Take the Libertarian Red Pill

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I’ve been listening to Ian Punnett interview Roland Haas, author of Enter the Past Tense: My Secret Life as a CIA Assassin, on Coast to Coast AM. I’ve ordered the book, which sounds fascinating; certainly the author is. But there was one inadvertent libertarian moment, when Punnett asked, “Aren’t you a murderer?” Said Haas, yes, so long as you consider the soldier a murderer, or the pilot who bombs a city. No more discussion of that, of course, but exactly how is the hired killer for the central enforcement agency of empire morally different from the bomber pilot, except that his killing is more discriminate? Here we have the central principle of libertarianism illustrated: the state is not above the moral law. What is wrong for you or me is also wrong for Bush or Petraeus acting in his official capacity. Understanding that is the red pill that reveals all in politics and government.

7:54 pm on September 7, 2008