Sycophantic Catoist and the Greater of Two Evils

Monday, July 13, 2015
Posted in category secession

The always-chipper David Gordon churns out a nice mini-analysis of an analysis of an article by one of the Cato folks, Jason Kuznicki. To quote David in whole:

The Bionic Mosquito has once more earned our gratitude with an incisive post. He responds to Jason Kuznicki of the Cato Institute, who condemned libertarians who admire the Confederacy: How can a libertarian support a government that defended slavery? The Mosquito asks a pertinent question: who are these libertarians? In fact, Kuznicki’s presumed targets do not admire the Confederacy. They have instead defended the right of secession and opposed Lincoln’s efforts to subdue the seceding states through war. In representing his opponents as admirers of the Confederacy, Kuznicki is attacking a straw man, or, in the British phrase, an “Aunt Sally.”

The Mosquito goes further. He wonders whether it is right, as Kuznicki says, that the Union was on libertarian grounds better than the Confederacy. The Mosquito responds: “Comparing evils: Hitler v. Stalin, Yankees v. Red Sox, Barcelona v. Real Madrid, Jason Voorhees v. Freddie Krueger. How does one decide? I will suggest that the Confederacy did nothing more than attempt to perpetuate an already existing evil; slavery existed in the South both before and after Jason’s dreaded Confederate Constitution. No new evil was introduced. Lincoln introduced many new evils, not the least of which was the war that killed more than 700,000 and wounded perhaps a like amount.”

I do like this quote from the Bionic Mosquito on Cato’s Jason Kuznicki and his penchant for error in his article, “Rand Paul, the Confederacy, and Liberty“:

University courses on logical fallacies can be structured around the next several paragraphs of his post.

Logical fallacies and emotional pleas tend to make a very poor cocktail, as they don’t mix well or taste good going down. A few sound bites:

Any affinity for the Confederacy marks one very clearly as an enemy of liberty.  


….as if all but the exceptionally punctilious members of my little tribe


bad, old, racist, secessionist nonsense. 

Mr. Kuznicki can’t see past the slavery question, as that may be his only path to a clear conscience. Not once does he broach the topic of the economic strife leading up the secessionist era.

Here’s more “bad, old, racist, secessionist nonsense” from Thomas Jefferson, who preferred a voluntary union but who supported the right to secession, and who stated in his first inaugural address in 1801, “If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this Union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it.” There’s plenty more on Jefferson and secession, but in spite of his passion and hope for a strong, voluntary unity, he recognized that a state shall be able to peacefully secede if the interests of the union put that state’s interests in harm’s way.

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