Tulsi Versus Donald

From: brad smith
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2020 12:01 PM
To: wblock@loyno.edu
Subject: Rothbard and Tulsi

Dear Professor Block, I hope you are doing well.

I have a question about Rothbard, in regards to Tulsi Gabbard. Right now I believe that Tulsi is in fact a better anti-war choice than Trump, it’s possible that Sanders is as well. Rothbard would tell us to pick the anti-war candidate. But that’s with the assumption that the president has the most authority as CIC, right? Is that still the case though? Most “laws” today are a result of regulations rather than legislation and presidents are now using executive orders to make law as well. Congress is in a state of gridlock while the president is essentially creating and implementing domestic policy.  How do we balance the recent changes with what Rothbard stated and do you believe things have changed enough to possibly rethink some aspects of his position in regards to picking our next president?

Your friend in Liberty, Brad Smith

Ps, I see you have changed your policy on publishing names. Just so you know, I give you full permission to publish my name for any of our Past correspondence as well, in the odd chance that you ever feel like revisiting any of them.

Dear Brad:

I think Murray would be conflicted about Donald versus Tulsi, and maybe even about Donald versus Bernie. The two Democrats seem way better than the Republican on foreign policy, but really, really horrid on economics. However, if we have to choose, foreign policy is more important than economic policy, since the former to a greater degree than the opposite direction, causes the latter.

This is far from the first time I have wished that Murray was still around to guide us.

My gut tells me to support both Bernie and Tulsi for Democratic candidate for the presidency, but, still, to favor Donald in November 2020 over either of them. My thinking is yes, Bernie and Tulsi are more Ron Paulian on foreign policy, but they are so AWFUL on economics that this tips the balance against them, in my mind. By the way, Tulsi is to be preferred to Bernie on foreign policy.

Best regards,



2:57 am on February 9, 2020