Thursday, 2003 December 4, 21:18 — luddites, politics

Fukuyama III

I’ve been looking through my blog archives for major items to add to the “past rants” list on my front page [since removed, Dec’04], as well as for broken links. That activity led me again to Francis Fukuyama’s goofy screed of 2002 May 2, and I finally got around to following links to a whole mess of replies: John Tabin; Brink Lindsey [gone]; Glenn Reynolds; Dan Hanson; Stephen Green; Virginia Postrel; Perry de Havilland; David Dieteman; Christopher Pellerito; Eugene Volokh; Anand Giridharadas.

I am disappointed to find practically all of them making the same point: “But Frank, lots of libertarians support US military interventions overseas.” If anyone anywhere joined me in observing that military force is not the only way to engage with the world, I missed it. If anyone pointed out a distinction between defense and intervention, I missed it.

Oh well. “It is not worth an intelligent man’s time to be in the majority. By definition, there are already enough people to do that.” (G H Hardy)

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