Defending the Undefendable: Libertarians for Donald Trump?


It’s appropriate that Professor Walter Block, a.k.a. Mr. Libertarian, the author of Defending the Undefendable, is a founding member of the group Libertarians for Trump. Many libertarians feel Trump is indeed undefendable.

By:  Nick Hankoff

This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty

Block announced the forming of LFT on the libertarian site, saying the group “has its work cut out for it.”

But isn’t Trump the opposite of a libertarian? How does Block reconcile this? He writes:

“Suppose we were all slaves, and the master said we could have a democratic election; we could vote for overseer Baddie, who would whip us unmercifully once per day, or overseer Goodie, who would do exactly the same thing, but only once per month. We all voted for the latter. Is this incompatible with libertarianism? Would this make us worse libertarians? Anyone who thinks so does not really understand this philosophy.”

So it is a matter of self-defense for Block. In addition, he says, “[T]ypically, regarding the issues where Mr. Trump deviates from libertarianism, so do the other candidates.”

The one issue that Trump is able to attract some libertarian optimism is in his rhetoric on getting along with other countries, including Russia, and his criticism of the relentless US intervention in the Middle East.

“Foreign policy is the dog that wags the other two tails,” Block notes, clarifying, “We readily concede Mr. Donald Trump is no Ron Paul on foreign policy or anything else for that matter.”

Trade, however, is among Trump’s most anti-freedom positions. Perhaps if Trump catches word of Block’s new group, he will consider this presentation from one of the most controversial libertarians around:

Or perhaps just one measly chapter from Defending the Undefendable:

This article first appeared at VoicesOfLiberty