Posted by: maverickwhig | March 22, 2009

Men of freedom and classical liberalism on war, liberty, and terrorism

To the radical libertarians who still don’t understand why we believe there is a War on Terror, please read these quotes from George Washington, John Locke and John Stuart Mill.


“If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.” –Washington

“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” –Mill

“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” –Washington


“Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” –Washington

“Some day, following the example of the United States of America, there will be a United States of Europe.”-Washington

“The Constitution is the guide which I never will abandon.” -Washington


“The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves.” –Washington

“[A]s every man has a power to punish the crime, to prevent its being committed again, by the right he has of preserving all mankind, and doing all reasonable things he can in order to that end: and thus it is, that every man, in the state of nature, has a power to kill a murderer, both to deter others from doing the like injury, which no reparation can compensate, by the example of the punishment that attends it from every body, and also to secure men from the attempts of a criminal, who having renounced reason, the common rule and measure God hath given to mankind, hath, by the unjust violence and slaughter he hath committed upon one, declared war against all mankind, and therefore may be destroyed as a lion or a tyger, one of those wild savage beasts, with whom men can have no society nor security… “- Locke

“Liberty is to be free from restraint and violence from others” –Locke (this also overlaps with liberty)

There you have it fake libertarians, this is what true libertarianism is about, and what it origonally meant. I feel you need to start getting that through your heads.



  1. Maverick, thank you for giving our misguided radical pacifist ‘friends’ a lesson in the philosophy of classical liberalism, or as we know it today libertarianism.

    You can hit them over the head with those historical facts over and over again, it will be to no avail.

    They are so pathetic that they even had to gather a group of fringe radicals together in a rigged Wikipedia vote to delete any trace of the Neolibertarianism article from Wikipedia.

    So much for freedom of expression among so-calledf ‘Libertarians”.

    They are desperate because so many libertarians supported the Iraqi liberation on firm libertarian grounds and principles. The fracture within libertarianism exposed these radicals for what they are; left-wing pacifists.

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