- Ron Paul defends Assange as a “truth revealer.” This alone is extremely damning to libertarianism, because of Paul’s level of fame and influence within the movement.
- Judge Andrew Napolitano defends Assange, and Young Americans for Liberty honors him for it. YAL is a prominent libertarian student activist group. YAL has also hailed Assange as a hero here, here, and here.
- Libertarianism’s most prominent think tank, the CATO Institute, has published defenses of these leaks, though, in their defense, CATO also publishes condemnations of Assange, as well.
- Similarly, the respected Reason Magazine runs articles calling Assange neither hero nor villain and criticizing those who say Assange has blood on his hands, but they also run more critical analysis of Assange, as well.
- Paleo-libertarian crank Lew Rockwell, unsurprisingly, wants to give Assange the Nobel Peace Prize.
- In the blogosphere, it’s hard to swing a dead cat without hitting a libertarian WikiLeaks fan. They love him at DailyPaul.com. “The Classic Liberal” lauds as “prophetic” Rockwell’s claim that Assange is “courageous iconoclast (update: see below), brilliant, angry, driven, and effective.” The Daily Libertarian defends him. “Libertarian Peacenik” Thomas Sipos is on his side. So does Mad Libertarian Guy. And militant libertarian. And the Liberty Forest guys. As well as the Libertarian Standard.
Of course it’s all predicated on their belief that the public has a “right” to know everything which the government says or does; coupled with the assertion that no statement is exempt from the free speech protections embodied in the First Amendment. It’s about “trust”, as in the libertarians have absolutely no trust in the elected government.Welcome to the promise of a world governed by a cross between the pre-imperial Roman Senate and a typical New England town meeting. It’s one step above organized chaos, predicated on the notion that everyone is equally capable of governing himself.And here I thought that only progressives dreamed of utopia […]One could say the same about my libertarian interlocutors. They seek to destroy authority, and replace it with, well exactly what I’m not sure. It’s some sort of idealized leave-me-the-hell-alone universe where a subset of the Articles of Confederation are in effect and a never-ending supply of Founding Fathers (or a clone army comprised of Murray Rothbards and Friedrich Hayeks) stands at the ready to prevent deviation from The Path.That in a nutshell is my beef with strong-form libertarianism. I believe in the Constitution, so much so that I an willing to work within its framework to effect the changes we so desparately need. The power of the ballot box should not be underestimated. In addition America has a long and noble history of peaceful protest, the massing of public opinion in a focused attempt to make our voices heard. We are America, hear us roar!
The “prophetic” words were those of Russell Kirk, the undisputed godfather of the conservative movement who said “Perpetual War for Perpetual Peace comes to pass in an era of Righteousness — that is, national or ideological self-righteousness in which the public is persuaded that ‘God is on our side,’ and that those who disagree should be brought here before the bar as war criminals.”
The quote that followed about Assange was not written by Lew Rockwell, but by retired USAF lieutenant colonel Karen Kwiatkowski.
Not that we need any more proof that Texas GOP Congressman Ron Paul is a lying degenerate whose love of America is a total sham, but today we’ve got more anyway. Not surprisingly, Paul is defending Julian Assange, the puffed-up pimp whose WikiLeaks outfit has been exposing sensitive classified information with reckless abandon for a while now:
So, apparently the verminous Julian Assange is telling people he considers himself a libertarian in some ways, and that he leaks classified government information to make free markets better informed and work better. I wonder how many libertarians will buy that line, and how many will have the decency to distance themselves from Assange.
Thousands of Venezuelans have taken to the streets of Caracas in protest at the president’s decision to close the country’s oldest private TV network. [Hugo] Chavez’s supporters say Radio Caracas Television (RCTV) backed a 2002 coup which briefly ousted him. But the country’s opposition say the decision to close the network is an attempt to silence Mr Chavez’s critics […] The government claims that the channel is breaching the constitution by rallying support for the opposition.
Don’t worry, though—Jimmy told us Chavez got elected fair & square, remember?
(Hat tip: Boots & Sabers)