Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Free-market ennui

Via Instapundit, Eric Dondero is complaining about movement libertarian responses to the Iranian resistance, which mostly range from low interest to active disapproval. I agree with the complaint, but can't say I'm much surprised. Isolationism (punctuated by occasional denials that it is isolationism) is the libertarian default position these days, and why would you want a democratic government in Iran if you think all governments are incorrigibly evil anyway?

UPDATE: I'd missed this vacuous phrase from Matt Welch: "rehabilitating the world's responsibility for its own affairs." There's a slogan; just don't think too hard about the abstraction of "the world" and when or how it used to take "responsibility for its own affairs." Meanwhile, Will Wilkinson explains that he won't turn his avatar green because "I have no idea what I’m talking about." (Emphasis in original.) Fine, but it didn't stop him from making a spurious distinction recently between "Nixonites" and free-market types who want a less aggressive foreign policy (who was it who disliked detente and the China opening?).

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