Invasion of Gaza – Rothbard vs. Block
Sadly, the great Murray Rothbard is not with us to condemn the recent slaughter of innocents in Gaza at the hands of Israeli soldiers. However, this passage in his 1973 book, For a New Liberty: A Libertarian Manifesto, gives us a sense for how he’d react:
Let us assume for the moment, a world of two hypothetical countries: Graustark and Belgravia. Each is ruled by its own State. What happens if the government of Graustark invades the territory of Belgravia? From the libertarian point of view two evils immediately occur. First, the Graustark Army begins to slaughter innocent Belgravian civilians, persons who are not implicated in whatever crimes the Belgravian government might have committed. War, then, is mass murder, and this massive invasion of the right to life, of self-ownership, of numbers of people is not only a crime but, for
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