… the gender norms of the times suggested that a woman’s place was in the home and not at the forefront of a pro-Western paramilitary organization receiving arms, training, and millions of untraceable dollars from the CIA… However, like many Americans, our views have evolved over time …
“I would like to think that in the year 2014 we are forward-thinking enough to supplant foreign leaders with the best and most pliant person we can find, regardless of gender,” he added. “If this individual can follow our explicit agenda and successfully destabilize leftist movements, what does it matter if the person’s a man or a woman?”
|—||Lord Acton (via paleolibertarian)|
Here, to borrow a great idea from Slate’s Joshua Keating, is a satirical take on the story you might be reading if Ferguson were in, say, Iraq or Pakistan.
This was written in the late 1800s. Police militarization is an old, enduring threat.
How libertarians and leftists are changing American politics, from foreign policy to Ferguson.
In 2010, Lindsey Graham could see it coming.
"You know what I worry most about?" the Republican Senator from South Carolina told CNN about the growing opposition to the war in Afghanistan. “An unholy alliance between the right and the left.” If the war continued to yield no clear victories for the U.S., libertarian-leaning Republicans who believed it was “impossible for us to win” could join with “people on the left who are mad with the president because he is doing exactly what Bush did and we’re in a war we can’t win.” Such a coalition would pose the gravest threat to the joint war-making project of the Republican and Democratic establishments. “My concern is that, for different reasons, they join forces and we lose the ability to hold this thing together.”
Six months later, progressive icon Ralph Nader saw the potential power of a libertarian-left alliance, too, but welcomed it. Appearing with Ron Paul on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s “Freedom Watch” show on Fox Business Network in January 2011, Nader issued a manifesto for “a dynamic political force” that would not only stop the war in Afghanistan but radically re-shape American politics. What he called “genuine libertarian conservatives” were “great allies” and together with “many liberals and progressives” could challenge “the bloated, wasteful military budget,” “undeclared wars overseas,” “hundreds of billions of dollars of corporate welfare,” “invasions of our civil liberties and civil rights,” “the sovereignty-shredding, job-destroying NAFTA and World Trade Organization agreements,” and the “completely out-of-control” and unaccountable Federal Reserve System. Nader could also have mentioned the criminalization of drugs, police abuses, and immigration restrictions, which the left and libertarians have fought together against for years. …
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