Friday, January 14, 2011

Libertarian Groups Ignoring The Threat of Radical Islam

Eric Dondero of Libertarian Republican asked me to repost this article and also a link to Worldwide Liberty.

Cato, Reason, and other libertarian groups completely ignoring the Threat of Radical Islam

Foreign Policy analysts Dr. Clifford May opines over at National Review: "The War Against the Christians
The most important story not being told" Jan. 13:

He writes:

Imagine if Muslims in Europe were being arrested for nothing more than peacefully practicing their religion. Imagine if Muslims in South America were being sentenced to death for “insulting” Jesus. Imagine if mosques were being bombed and burned by terrorists in a growing list of Christian-majority countries.

Now here’s what you don’t need to imagine because it is all too real: In recent days, Christian churches have been bombed in Egypt, Iraq, Nigeria, and the Philippines. In Indonesia a mob of 1,000 Muslims burned down two Christian churches because, according to one commentator, local Islamic authorities determined there were “too many faithful and too many prayers.” In Iran, scores of Christians have been arrested. In Pakistan, a Christian woman received the death penalty for the “crime” of insulting Islam; the governor of Punjab promised to pardon her — and was then assassinated for the “crime” of blasphemy.

I could provide dozens more examples of the persecution and, in many cases, “cleansing” of Christians in what we have come to call the Muslim world...
Radical Islam presents the absolute Greatest Threat to Liberty in our Lifetimes in which I serve as Editor, is one political website that has been telling the story. Within the last week alone, LR has run stories on:

Labour MP: Pakistanis raping British Girls rampant in UK
Police in Britain too "frightened" of PC to arrest Pakistani men raping British Girls

Muslim police officer guns down 6 Christians on Egyptian Train - Female victims not wearing Burqas

South Sudan votes for Independence like our own fight for Independence in 1776
Islamist attackers hack to death 13 Christians in Nigeria
Radical Muslim conquest of Somalia near complete
Cato jumped on the demise of the Soviet Union, but refuses to promote Liberty in the Middle East

Clifford May is correct in questioning the liberal media, and there serious lack of coverage of these vastly important stories. But he misses the libertarian media.

Where's Reason on the rise of Islamo-Fascism? Where's the Cato Institute and their daily blog? The Libertarian Party? Influential libertarian pundit sites like The Agitator, Liberty Papers, The Daily Libertarian, Nolan Chart?

Of course, numerous other left-leaning libertarian sites completely avoid the subject for obvious reasons; sites like,, and many of the Ron Paul sites. To talk of the threat of Radical Islam, would bring up the uncomfortable subject of what to do about it, for these hardline non-interventionist/isolationists.

But Cato, Reason? Why are they taking a head-in-the sand approach on Islamo-Fascism? They proclaim to be consistently Pro-Liberty, but how can we have liberty if Sharia Law is being shoved down our throats?

And Cato has no leg to stand on in this regard. For, in the early 1990s, they sent an entire delegation of free market economists and policy analysts to the former Soviet Union to promote freedom-oriented policies, at considerable expense. Why aren't they doing the same now in the Muslim world, sending libertarian scholars and policy analysists over the Middle East to promote Ayn Rand, Hayek, and other free marketeers? is virtually the only libertarian website giving coverage to the threat of Radical Islam. In fairness, Reason touches on the subject once in a great while, when it overlaps with free speech concerns such as the Danish cartoonist and South Park controversies. But that's it.
Yes Clifford May, the liberal media is purposely avoiding coverage of Radical Muslim violence against Christians. But the libertarian media is just as absent. It just doesn't fit the template.

1 comment:

Neil said...

Why aren't they doing the same now in the Muslim world, sending libertarian scholars and policy analysists over the Middle East to promote Ayn Rand, Hayek, and other free marketeers?

Probably out of safety considerations. It's one thing to force-feed your ideology to a beaten foe. Forcing it on the Middle East in its current configuration is quite another. We're playing for time in the Middle East, trying to run out the clock. There's no sense in messing that up.