On Lew Rockwell, Jack Perry had this to say about the actions of Trump thus far:
I’ve tried to give Trump the benefit of the doubt and have applauded some of his actions. However, I can’t do that anymore. What I’m seeing is the same thing I couldn’t abide about Obama: The executive order dictatorship. We have invested the president with the power of passing policy without the proper actions of Congress and Senate. Mark my words, this is going to bite all of us. What, he sends an executive order telling SecDef to hand him the wish list of military spending? Ships, planes, and other weapons they want? Oh, I’m sure this is going to cost us, too.
Sorry, readers, I cannot support this man in good conscience. I am seeing the same executive order end-runs around due process of law that Obama did. Again, we are headed into tyranny with this. One man is not supposed to have this kind of power. I didn’t agree with Obama doing it and I’m darn sure not going to be a hypocrite and support Trump doing it, no matter what reasons are given. So, that said, I cannot support this man. What he’s doing is not right.
Now, it is certainly possible to criticize the very specific ends that Trump is looking to reach with the means of executive actions. But is Jack Perry REALLY suggesting that executive action as a means is intolerable no matter the ends?
Is Jack Perry suggesting, that if a president uses executive actions to bring about more liberty, this too should be condemned by libertarians? Is he suggesting that the “proper actions of Congress and the Senate” is the only just means to reach a much more libertarian society? Is he suggesting that “due process of law” as it is currently understood is a requirement to reach a more libertarian society?
In that case, Jack Perry is suggesting that in order to reach a more libertarian society, where people’s private property rights are respected, and where non-aggression would be the norm, the entirely collectivist statist means of Congress and Senate should be employed, as well as the “due process of law” which has brought America to this current collectivist and oppressive state to begin with. Since when should libertarians only support change if it comes through the processes of our ideological opponents, which the political system run by Democrats and Republicans is, and the courts which also consist of statist Democrats and Republicans whom have had no problem whatever helping the power elite to erode constitutional checks and balances. Since when do libertarians care about maintaining respect for the system, and for the laws that protect it, which especially nowadays are checks against individual liberties and property rights rather than against the state?
“We are headed into tyranny with this”? Has Jack Perry been asleep for decades? Congress and Senate consiste of exactly the kind of people that continually occupy the White House. What Jack Perry is insisting upon, is that the authoritarian collectivist in the White House first asks permission from the entire collective of authoritarian collectivists in Congress and Senate, as if this makes any change for those looking for liberty and protection of their property rights. If the various dictators around the world would have done nothing without first asking agreement and permission from all the other dictators, would it have made things better for those being oppressed?
There is virtually nobody in Congress and Senate who supports liberty. Virtually all of them are statists that demand ever more government action and intrusion in one way or another. How does demanding a president ask permission from these people change anything? Trump has, to name but one example, executively decided to withdraw the United States from TPP. This alone is a much more libertarian action that sticking with TPP would have been, and putting the matter to Congress would have given a much more “crony capitalist” result.
The proper attitude for libertarians to have is not to show ‘respect’ to established systems and norms of collectivist and statist action, but to use any means available to achieve greater liberty, the sole exception being bringing it about through the initiation of aggression against innocent and peaceful people. This means that if executive actions serve this purpose, and Congress, Senate and “due process of (statist) law would block it, then executive action is entirely supportable.
Criticize and demolish the ends that Donald Trump is going for whenever it is called for. But please, don’t pretend that it is somehow “libertarian” to look to established statist, NAP and property violating systems as the only just means to achieve liberty.
Playing by the rules of our enemies in an idiot’s game.