What leading libertarian theorists say about the war that is going on
Europe is almost three months old?
Almost nothing. They are silent, as if in the civilized world there
things are more important.
Hoppe mentioned Ukraine in passing in an interview on 4 April¹. But it would be better
he didn’t do it, and he didn’t disgrace himself.
Hoppe said that the Ukrainians “have no chance of winning the war” with
outnumbered by the Russian army, so they’d better “surrender”.
Ultimately it doesn’t matter because “one corrupt gang
just replaces the other. After all, Ukraine has never “been exemplary
democratic western state. “In terms of corruption, it was
worse than Russia. Economic productivity per person
in Ukraine is lower than in Russia. The leaders in Ukraine are corrupt.”
Perhaps I could understand this point of view before the start of the war. Ukrainians
(or rather, the inhabitants of this conditional territory) were occupied
long before the invasion of Putin’s troops – the “Ukrainian” state. At
choosing a side in mafia showdowns for the territory it is reasonable to give
preference for those occupiers who are likely to pillage less and
control the population.
For example, American (and not Nazi or Soviet) occupation
West Germany was a comparative boon for its inhabitants. About,
the Russian or Ukrainian mafia before the war was less predatory and
repressive, one can argue, although even then I would prefer the Ukrainian
power – mainly for free media, freedom of assembly, visa-free travel with
Europe, the existence of political opposition and similar pleasant
However, from the first days it became clear that this was not just a conflict
between two gangs.
Russian bandits began to actively bomb residential areas, massively
shoot civilians, rape, rob. This is war
declared by Russia to peaceful Ukrainian owners. And in that case
the choice of the libertarians is obvious – the full support of the Ukrainians and those forces
who help them fight for life.
Hoppe compares the war in Ukraine to the war between the North and the South in America.
The latter was “horribly cruel” because the northerners “deliberately
aimed at the civilian population, which they wanted to destroy. And exactly
this, according to Hoppe, Putin does not do in Ukraine.
Apparently, Hoppe learns about the events at the front exclusively from RT.
However, according to his own criterion – targeted killing
civilians – the light and the dark side in Putin’s war in Ukraine
Hoppe’s statements once again cause, to put it mildly, bewilderment and shame.