Ed Krayewski on the Return of the Anti-War Right


Sen. Rand Paul

In the February 1987 issue of Reason, Bill Kauffman wrote about the history of the "anti-war capitalists," explaining that while this cohort of activists did not look like the kind of protesters that were most prominent in the "peace movement" of the 1960s, '70s, and even '80s, they could trace their intellectual roots through a long tradition of libertarian anti-war thinking. Kauffman explained that before the era of the left-wing peace movement, opponents of war were "midwestern industrialists and retired military officers, publishing giants and Texas oilmen, or minerals executives and Great Plains farmers."

Today, writes Ed Krayewski, the idea of non-interventionism has re-entered the mainstream, in part because of the growing influence of libertarianism in American politics.