Great Response on LRC to Salon/Michael Lind Attack on Liberty MovementSubmitted by Hagbard_Celine on Wed, 09/07/2011 - 02:16
Authoritarian Attacks Libertarians
by Andrew Walker
In a recent article for Salon.com, Michael Lind, author of books such as Vietnam: The Necessary War, purports to explain "Why Libertarians Apologize for Autocracy." Lind's evidence for the existence of an inner autocrat lurking beneath the libertarian fondness for peace and liberty ranges from the familiar claim that dissent from the official narrative of the Civil War makes one an apologist for slavery to less often heard accusations of libertarian support for former Chilean strongman Augusto Pinochet. Things get especially bizarre when Lind discovers a previously unknown libertarian love affair with Benito Mussolini. In fact, his article consistently takes passages out of their context and repeatedly sets up strawmen, either intentionally or out of a lack of understanding of libertarian thought.
Lind opens with a passage from Ludwig von Mises in Liberalism. Writing in 1927, Mises observed:
"It cannot be denied that Fascism and similar movements aimed at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has for the moment saved European civilization. The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history."
However, Lind leaves out the concluding line of the paragraph, where Mises warned....