“Libertarians for Trump” group claims mogul is candidate “whose views are closest to libertarianism”
March 18, 2016
A pair of Libertarian ideologues have established an organization attempting to rally support behind Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.
The “Libertarians for Trump” group, created earlier this week by LewRockwell.com editors Dr. Donald Miller and economics professor Walter E. Block, admits “it has its work cut out for it in mobilizing massive support for Donald Trump within the libertarian community.”
This is because, Block writes, “there are some libertarians who oppose supporting any politician for political office, even a 99% pure one such as Dr. Ron Paul.”
“There are several issues upon which libertarians do not and cannot support Donald Trump. For example, protectionism,” writes Block. “But, typically, regarding the issues where Mr. Trump deviates from libertarianism, so do the other candidates.”
While a true Libertarian candidate would more closely embody the party’s goals than Trump, Block says the group’s ultimate goal is not to seek a “perfect” candidate, but “to throw our weight behind the candidate who has a reasonable chance of actually becoming President of the United States whose views are CLOSEST to libertarianism.” [emphasis theirs]
And where Trump really stands out, Block says, is his foreign policy.
“As Murray Rothbard and Bob Higgs have demonstrated over and over again, US foreign policy determines what occurs in economics and in the field of personal liberties,” writes the senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute. “Foreign policy is the dog that wags the other two tails.”
Acknowledging the Donald is “no Ron Paul on foreign policy or anything else for that matter,” Block says the businessman is still “head and shoulders” above his Republican counterparts.
He has said, time and time again, things like “Look at what we did in Iraq. It’s a mess. Look at what we did in Libya. It’s a mess there too. And we’re going to repeat our mistakes in Syria? Not on my watch.” Would Cruz or Rubio ever say anything like that? To ask this question is to answer it.
Lastly, Block insists Trump may be the only candidate that could prevent a World War III scenario with Russia.
“Who is the one candidate who went out of his way so as to not antagonize Russia and Premier Putin? It is the Donald, that is who. Do we really want to fight World War III with Russia? With Mr. Trump at the helm, we minimize the chances of this catastrophe occurring.”
Prominent Libertarian and founder of the Ludwig von Mises Institute Lew Rockwell spoke with Infowars in January on the rise of populism, stating the late Libertarian icon Murray Rothbard would likely have agreed with Trump on several issues:
This article was posted: Friday, March 18, 2016 at 2:13 pm