Folks, I’m still plugging away at RealClearHistory. This week’s focus was on Iraq. Here’s the link to my Tuesday column. And here’s the link to my weekend column. I’m not going to spoil anything. Just read ’em already!
The Turkish State’s War On Rap The election campaign has not slowed down the Erdoğanist state in its efforts to punish anyone who deviates from Erdoğan’s ideal of obedient, socially conservative, and conformist citizens. One of the best known Turkish rappers, Ezhel, with very leftist and counter culture lyrics, has been arrested recently for ‘encouraging … Continue reading Turkey elections: Elections, Rappers, Media, Micro-Party, Rigging, Iraq
After a few busy days at the office I finally have the time to take up Brandon’s challenge and write a few lines about interventions in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, as Brandon writes in some of the comments the basic classical liberal and liberal position is that interventions are a bad idea. They are a … Continue reading A few remarks on interventions in Syria and Iraq
Now that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has conquered territory in both states, the US policy response is up for debate. We should, first of all, heed one of the major axioms of economics: in making a decision, ignore sunk costs, and consider only the future costs and benefits. The USA has … Continue reading U.S. Should Follow Nonintervention in Iraq
Another debacle with Pres. Obama snoozing at the helm. Four comments about the debacle in Iraq: What the US built there did not pass any test except that the the Kurdish north is still peaceful and prosperous. Why this costly state- building endeavor failed is worth thinking about. There is no reason to treat the … Continue reading Iraq: Four Comments
I’ve gone over the knowledge problem associated with foreign policy before, and I believe it is sufficient to say that libertarians were right in deflating predictions by hawks that the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq would go over smoothly. Hawks on both the Left and the Right oversimplified the situation in the Middle East. … Continue reading The Predictable Failure of the Iraq War
The illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq undertaken by the Bush administration is one of the American republic’s darkest moments. I rank it as the fourth-worst policy in our history, just after slavery, the extermination of the Indians, and the invasion and occupation of the Philippines and just before Jim Crow and the New Deal. … Continue reading The Beltway Consensus: Iraq Edition
Dr. Foldvary is renowned for his predictive capabilities, especially after calling the 2008 financial crash in 2007. However, I’d like to highlight his keen sense of direction and justice in regards to foreign affairs as well. From a 2005 article on the situation in the Middle East, Dr. Foldvary writes: Before Israel become an independent … Continue reading Iraq to Jews: Don’t Come Back
The Republican Presidential debates have been on TV for the past, what?, five or six months now, and I am proud to admit that I haven’t watched a single one of them. By definition I am a left-leaning libertarian who thinks that free markets, limited government, and a humble foreign policy are the best tools … Continue reading Iraq, War, and the Litmus Test of Rationality: Ron Paul Edition
I’m no prophet. My job is making windows where there were once walls. ― Michel Foucault Martin Luther, a German Augustinian monk, is credited with triggering a profound spiritual movement in the minds of early modern Europeans. Luther, who was an extremely pious Catholic, eventually became a reluctant rebel by channeling the frustrations of the … Continue reading “Foucault’s Pendulum”: Social Scholarship, Ideology, and Libertarian Temptations
This is an expanded post that stems from a conversation I have been having with Bruno and Jacques in the ‘comments’ threads. The conversation is more about the nation-state than the unilateralism/federation non-debate, but I thought that’s why it’d make a good post. The Nation-State Nation-states are often considered to be sacred territory to conservative … Continue reading Federation, not unilateralism, ought to be the American Libertarian’s foreign policy
With the ongoing troubles in Venezuela some commentators ask for a humanitarian intervention, by the US. Intervention by other countries, for example Brasil, seem to be out of the question. And of course the US has long regarded Central and South America their backyard, going back to the Monroe doctrine. What would be a liberal … Continue reading Should the US intervene in Venezuela?
How Mao took over the CCP Francis Sempa, Asian Review of Books Pentagon walks back Trump idea of using Iraq base to counter Iran Jack Detsch, Al-Monitor Hayek against the planners Anne Rathbone Bradley, Modern Age The internal contradictions of liberalism and illiberalism Scott Sumner, EconLog
Kurds fed up with Erdogan and the PKK Fazel Hawramy, Al-Monitor Somalia’s fractious politics Anzalone & Hansen, War on the Rocks How to make anti-terrorism a misnomer Michael Koplow, Ottomans & Zionists Guess the rain’s down on Titan Caleb Scharf, Life, Unbounded
That’s the subject of my latest over at RealClearHistory. An excerpt: The relative graciousness of the American occupation of Japan led to the most peaceful and prosperous era in Japanese history. MacArthur’s governing strategy for a conquered people was so successful that it was aped by Washington in 2001 and 2003 when the United States … Continue reading RCH: MacArthur’s rule over Japan