John Stossel: Libertarians Aren't Isolationists, We're Realistic


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Both libertarians and conservatives want to keep America safe, though we differ on how best to do that. Most libertarians believe that attempts to create or support democracy around the world have made us new enemies and done harm as well as good. Some conservatives respond to that by calling us weak and delusional isolationists.

But libertarians do want America to participate in the world, we just don't want to run it, writes John Stossel. If it's realistic to acknowledge that America has dangerous enemies, it's also realistic to acknowledge that going to war is not always worth the loss of money and lives. War, like most government plans, tends not to work out as well as planners hoped.