Several people have observed that Americans aren’t really anti-war: they’re anti-losing. Which explains the shortage of genuinely anti-war candidates, on all sides, in the run-up to next year’s presidential election, despite the Iraq war being a disaster and Bush’s ratings being in the toilet.
The exception is Ron Paul, from Bush’s party and his home state (Texas). The oddity of a solidly anti-war libertarian running against “Rudy McRomney” has caused quite a buzz; he has appeared both on the Daily Show and on the Colbert Report in June. And now the New York Times has a long and informative feature on him and his ideas.
Extreme libertarianism of the kind Paul espouses seems a bizarrely unworkable idea. But increasingly in today’s world one wonders — well, I wonder — whether every other system isn’t worse. And at least some of Paul’s ideas will find support on all sides of the political spectrum.