I saw this article being linked to on Facebook by a Students for Liberty Executive Board member. The same board member, Eglė Markevičiūtė, who advocates for NATO military intervention in the Ukraine. The title, "Six Reasons Libertarians Should Reject the Non-Aggression Principle”
I suspect Eglė is going to discredit herself with a significant portion of the liberty community. It is hard to say though as young people typically lack discernment. It is a fairly logical to see her reject the NAP if she’s calling for NATO in Ukraine. Is this a case of a young person’s heart and hatred of Putin trumping her better judgment due lack of experience? Or is it a case of an operative of NED attempting to undermine the liberty movement’s commitment to a non-interventionist foreign policy? Difficult to say. I lean toward the former, perhaps with a hopeful but potentially naive optimism.
Finally, these developments remind me of an article I read from Rothbard describing the libertarian movement of the early 80s and the fissures that developed. Seems there is nothing new under the Sun. History is repeating itself.
RW note: It is also interesting that the article was originally posted at the Koch-funded web site Libertarianism.org. The Koch brothers were, of course, behind the early 1980s fissure also, as Rothbard noted in the above referenced article:
On Black Friday, March 27, 1981, at 9:00 A.M. in San Francisco, the “libertarian” power elite of the Cato Institute, consisting of President Edward H. Crane III and Other Shareholder Charles G. Koch, revealed its true nature and its cloven hoof. Crane, aided and abetted by Koch, ordered me to leave Cato’s regular quarterly board meeting, even though I am a shareholder and a founding board member of the Cato Institute. The Crane/Koch action was not only iniquitous and high-handed but also illegal, as my attorneys informed them before and during the meeting. They didn’t care. What’s more, as will be explained shortly, in order to accomplish this foul deed to their own satisfaction, Crane/Koch literally appropriated and confiscated the shares which I had naively left in the Cato Wichita office for “safekeeping,” an act clearly in violation of our agreement as well as contrary to every tenet of libertarian principle.