Walter Block is again asked about Judge Napolitano and his attacks on Trump. A few months ago, this was brought up to Block: Napolitano – a good libertarian, yeah or nay? Block responded “yeah,” albeit he disagreed with Napolitano’s views on the issue of Trump obstructing justice, etc.
At the time, Block followed this up with some further exchanges on the matter – always addressing the “Napolitano as libertarian” question. For the record, I agree with Block: Napolitano is a good libertarian – very consistent in this regard; I also agree with Block’s disagreement with Napolitano on Trump obstructing justice, etc.
But on to the recent email to Block. This writer places the focus on Napolitano’s criticisms of Trump – criticisms with which Block disagrees, as do I. There is little I will cite directly from the email, as it contains too many asterisks attempting to mask profanity that covers for poor vocabulary, but this part captures it:
You can have “Judge Andrew Napolitano is an Excellent Libertarian” Part M and it won’t change that most of us “libertarians” can’t stand him.
Whether the judge is or isn’t a libertarian or “anarcho-capitalist” or whatever big-brain terms you conjure is beside the point.
It ain’t hyperbole: there’s a war on. Like it or not…you gotta pick sides. Does my side suck? On a lot of things: yes.
This is the rub. Setting aside the issue of if Trump is actually on “our” side – which is not clear at all – the writer points to the issue: there are much more important things in life than being a good libertarian. If one is after liberty, theoretical purity isn’t going to be sufficient.
Whether or not Trump is following through with some 8-D chess (because we have already wrongly given him the benefit of the doubt on chess from 3-D to 7-D) is a separate issue: he was voted in based on his most basic attacks against the system: war and empire, central banking, Hillary is a crook and should be in prison, fix immigration. These are more important to the people who supported Trump than is libertarian purity.
On at least one of these – war and empire – I offer two thoughts: first he hasn’t started a meaningful new war; second, he is doing a great job of accelerating the rest of the world’s movement away from the American empire. Both are tremendous libertarian victories as far as I am concerned.
On the others, Trump has been pretty useless.
It’s in the title.