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March 23, 2005

The Neolibertarian Revolution

Neoconservatives, as far as I understand them, are a wing of the conservative movement that's particularly interested with expanding American hegemony for the good of the world; instituting a sort of Pax Americana. By way of analogy, I've been calling myself a neolibertarian for awhile. While most libertarians happen to favor an isolationist foreign policy, this does not necessarily follow from basic libertarian principles. All libertarians agree that national defense is a proper function of government. As a neolibertarian, I just think that the best defense is a good offense. I believe that a muscular foreign policy is good for this country and good for the world.

My neolibertarian ideals were fully on display when I wrote my three part essay on the libertarian case for war in Iraq.

Turns out that not only am I not alone, I'm not even particularly creative in my naming. The fine folks at QandO have created the Neolibertarian Network for likeminded bloggers. They lay out the essence of their vision for a neolibertarian ideology. Personally, I think it could use a little fleshing out, but it's a heck of a good start.

I have no illusions that neolibertarianism will be any more successful in the political sphere than simple libertarianism, but stranger things have happened. I am proud to join the Neolibertarian Network, and to wave the flag of pragmatic, hawkish libertarianism high.

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Does this philosophy include invading New Hampshire?

Posted by: ShadowHawk | Mar 24, 2005 4:23:17 AM

Yeah, that Free State Project is working so well that New Hampshire's Libertarian-in-all-but-name governor was actually defeated last November. Way to go, guys.

Posted by: Voice of Reason | Mar 25, 2005 1:56:52 PM

You're more of a paleolibertarian, really.

Posted by: Kade | Apr 4, 2005 4:29:19 PM

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