Murray Rothbard on Syria War PropagandaSubmitted by MarcMadness on Mon, 09/09/2013 - 09:28
Current events being what they are, I thought this week’s Mondays with Murray would be a good time to conduct a séance and see what the spirit of Mr. Libertarian, Murray Rothbard had to say about the current push for war in Syria. Luckily, the ouija board is working great. Here’s what Murray had to say:
The United States is again being subjected to that “complex of fear and vaunting” (in the brilliant phrase of Garet Garrett’s) which drove us, and the Western world, into two other disastrous wars in our century. Once again, the American public is being subjected to a nearly unanimous barrage of war propaganda and war hysteria, so that only the most searching and rational can keep their heads. Once again, we find that there has emerged upon the scene an Enemy, a Bad Guy, with the same old Bad Guy characteristics that we have heard of before; a diabolic, monolithic Enemy, which, generations ago in some “sacred texts,” decided (for reasons that remain obscure) that it was “out to conquer the world.”
Ok, the jig is up. I didn’t really contact the spirit of Murray Rothbard and I don’t even own a ouija board. The above paragraph was from an article Rothbard wrote for the Spring 1966 edition of the Rampart Journal of Individualist Thought, and the propaganda he was referring to was for the Vietnam War and not Syria, but the story remains the same. The State, for whatever reasons those with influence have to push for a war, creates a narrative of a villain that absolutely must be stopped…at all costs!
More from Murray:
No, there is only one other emotion that can sway him: superior force will compel him to “back down.” This is because, even though a Fu Manchu, he is also like the Bad Guy in the movie Western: he will cower before the Good Guy if the Good Guy is strong, armed to the teeth, resolute of purpose, etc. Hence, the complex of fear and vaunting: fear of the supposedly implacable and permanent plotting of the Enemy; vaunting of the enormous military might of America and its meddling throughout the world, to “contain,” “roll back,” etc., the Enemy, or to “liberate” the “oppressed nations.”