Friday, December 28, 2007

Douglas Wilson on Ron Paul

I don't agree with everything Wilson says here, but it's still interesting (hat tip: Mere Politics)...


At December 29, 2007 at 12:36 PM , Blogger Shamgar said...

Sadly, Wilson's analogy (and by extension Powell's) is fatally flawed. We were not a kind neighbor in their home accidentally breaking something.

A better analogy would be purposely training a child to cause massive amounts of destruction and then sending him to the neighbor's house.

So to this, Wilson and Powell would have us make the child /stay/ in the home, and contrary to everything they've been trained to do, be there to help...clean up...rebuild. Meanwhile, the child keeps breaking things, and all the neighbor wants is for your child to leave so they can start real cleanup.

It breaks down there, because at least the child could be learning a lesson, albeit at the neighbor's expense. We don't want the military to learn that lesson. We want them to be good at breaking things.

If we feel a moral obligation then fine. Let private industry and charity help with the rebuild. Given Mr Wilson's view of government generally you'd think he'd realize the last thing they'd be good at is helping to build ... or rebuild ... a nation.

At December 29, 2007 at 1:54 PM , Blogger Eric Schansberg said...

Agreed. I think that's why the "conservative" optimism about nation-building is incoherent. Thanks for taking the time to lay your argument out as an effective counter-analogy!


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