Libertarianism in defense of the powerless.
The companion Tumblr to my main website, this is dedicated to the struggle against power, oppression, and imperialism from a radical libertarian perspective.
First of all, we generally like Dr. Paul around here, especially on fiscal matters. However, his tweet today regarding murdered Navy Seal Chris Kyle was completely wrong-headed, insensitive, and foolish. It’s as if Paul doesn’t understand the difference between combat and murder.
Sorry “Poor Richard’s News,” you have no idea what you are talking about.
Chris Kyle created a brand around long-distance murder and created a business—a best-selling book and a weapons instructor gig—around the fact he was an enthusiastic killer for the war machine. That is the “lives by the sword” part of Ron Paul’s remarks.
It is worth remembering that Kyle chose to become a public figure with the publication of his autobiography where he brags about killing 160 people. That Kyle leaves behind a family is a tragedy and no one is gloating about it, not the least Ron Paul. The truth is that Kyle—enthusiastic killer for Empire—is also a victim of that same injustice. He is a casualty of our wars, a victim of this country’s unquenchable bloodlust, downed by another veteran whose mind is ruined by these ceaseless conflicts.
The only “shame” in this is that as Americans we happily consume such warporn. The only “shame” is that a market exists for books glorifying the violence of our military personnel. What is next? A tell-all book about the Haditha Massacre?
Ron Paul stated the obvious here: a man who glorified his own violence met his end just as violently. That is the “dies by the sword” part of Ron Paul’s remarks.