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Rethinking

Charles Hueter has a piece up where he questions his own thinking in regard to the U.S. actions taken in response to 9/11. Part of his piece is a substantial list of articles written in the wake of 9/11 that warned against taking the international action that the U.S. eventually did take. I sit now in sober understanding that their warnings, accusations, and predictions deserved the serious attention they were denied by those who would accuse such concern as anti-American, treasonous, counter-productive, and childish. The essential lesson I should have learned from September 11th is that the state causes more problems than it solves and that is a direct result of the moral bankruptcy of the arguments in support of it and its actions. Indeed, in that my own rejection of such things as Harry Browne's 4-part series at the time was motivated by what I saw as a blame-America-first, anti-American sentiment that seemed so misplaced in those surreal days following 9/11. Had I been paying more attention, or thought it through better, I might have concluded that it was a blame-the-state-first, anti-state message that was the essence of that series and other articles. In fact, in the past couple...

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Richard Nikoley

I'm Richard Nikoley. Free The Animal began in 2003 and as of 2022, contains over 5,000 posts. I blog what I wish...from health, diet, and food to travel and lifestyle; to politics, social antagonism, expat-living location and time independent—while you sleep—income. I celebrate the audacity and hubris to live by your own exclusive authority and take your own chances. Read More
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