September 20, 2017
Writes Tom Woods:
The Washington Post just came out with another “libertarians are extremists, and a ‘pipeline’ to the alt Right” article.
It’s the usual b.s., with the usual summarizing of people’s 40-year careers in three quotations.
At one point, all the reporter has to do is summarize a Rothbard article. Here’s how well he does:
“Also in [Rothbard’s] program was a call for economic nationalism, under the ominous heading ‘America First.’”
Without even looking at the offending article, I knew right away this was a lie. Rothbard never advocated anything like “economic nationalism.”
Of course I was right. What Rothbard said was:
“The American economy is not only in recession; it is stagnating. The average family is worse off now than it was two decades ago. Come home America. Stop supporting bums abroad. Stop all foreign aid, which is aid to banksters and their bonds and their export industries. Stop gloabaloney, and let’s solve our problems at home.”
That’s economic nationalism? Calling for an end to foreign aid?
No, that’s libertarianism.
Incidentally, what’s so “ominous” about “America First”? Would America Twelfth have been less triggering? Or America Thirty-Eighth?
The article proceeds from the standard media/politics/establishment starting point: saying insensitive things is worse than waging an unjust war.