Daily Archives: Sept. 17, 2013

Libertarians believe freedom is catalyst for progress

A blog post last week raised the question: Would a libertarian society be doomed to fail? It linked to a commentary by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu that argued that “radical libertarianism” would be a disaster “if ever put into practice at the scale of something bigger than a tiny enclave.” Aaron Ross Powell, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, has responded, arguing that “private individuals are capable of amazing things if given the opportunity to exercise their ingenuity,” and that “too often, the state stands in the way.” He contends that rather than being selfish or anti-community, libertarians “want to make the world better for everyone – and believe freedom is the best catalyst for progress.”

Why Pompeo wants decisive action in Syria

Trying to deal with “scores of calls with comments and questions about Syria,” Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, has posted a letter to constituents discussing his recent visit to the Middle East and the U.S. options in “a very, very, very tough neighborhood.” Pompeo wrote that he doesn’t approve of President Obama’s current plan and wants Congress “to ensure American interests are observed and any action is decisive.” We should care what happens in Syria, Pompeo wrote, because “a growing control of radical Islamic jihadists threatens Americans at home and our armed forces abroad. We have a deep national interest in ensuring that a post-Assad Syria is not under the control of the ayatollahs in Iran, but is influenced by America’s efforts to defeat the most radical elements now fighting inside of that country.” He also said: “It is not responsible for a member of Congress to simply argue for ‘doing nothing’ for three years because we don’t like our president. The world will not wait…. Just saying ‘no’ is not a strategy; it is a recipe to make America weaker abroad than we already are.”