Thomas Sowell Wishes for a Military State

Sunday, October 28, 2007
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Wait – don’t we already have one?

This is a few months old, but I was just reminded of this column and quote from Thomas Sowell.

When I see the worsening degeneracy in our politicians, our media, our educators, and our intelligentsia, I can’t help wondering if the day may yet come when the only thing that can save this country is a military coup.

Blogger John Markley makes some nice comments on this.

The larger point to take from this is that a mixture of libertarianism/classical liberalism and militaristic modern conservatism is not likely to be stable. In the face of crisis or heavy strain, one or the other will win out, and it probably won’t be libertarianism. Whenever trouble looms, the temptation to run screaming to the state for promises of help can be very strong, and even people with libertarian sentiments are not guaranteed to be immune. Sowell clearly wasn’t.

This column I wrote produced a mass of emails from mostly agreeable readers.

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