Students for Liberty: The ‘Regime Change’ Libertarians

by | Dec 26, 2014

Libertarian activists in Ukraine?

The Students for Liberty are at it again, mainstreaming deviationism with a reckless fervor. While it is a generally accepted tenet of libertarian thought that state involvement in regime change operations overseas is anathema, there are those who claim that US government-funded regime change is actually quite a libertarian idea.

Thus, coming in at number five on the Students for Liberty (SFL) list of “Top 10 Libertarian Moments of 2014” are three regime-change operations that owe their organization and funding to the United States government. How could a decidedly un-libertarian US government be a promoter of liberty abroad, one might ask. It requires a good deal of philosophical contortionism, but the well-funded Students for Liberty has long advocated such acrobatics.

So protests and regime change in Venezuela, Ukraine, and Hong Kong have made the top ten list of libertarian events of 2014, even though the Students admit that, “some of the factions and demands were far from libertarian.” That last bit may refer to the slightly embarrassing (for regime change supporters) nature of the regime changers in places like Ukraine.

That the US government has been involved in regime change operations in Venezuela for many years is not debatable. How is it libertarian for the US government to presume to decide from 2,000 miles away who should be in charge in Caracas? How is it libertarian to take away the right of people to choose for themselves how they wish to be governed?

How is it libertarian for the US government to have spent five billion dollars (you know, those things stolen from us through taxation) over many years to manipulate internal politics and fund regime change in Ukraine, as US assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland admitted? How is it libertarian for a US official to be plotting with the US ambassador over how the US can “glue” together a new government in Ukraine after the legal one has been overthrown?

How is it remotely libertarian for the US government funded National Endowment for Democracy to lavishly fund protest movements in Hong Kong?

Is it not the pinnacle of anti-libertarianism for a huge and bloated US government that can do little at home with any measure of success to nevertheless presume to wander through the world seeking ruin of regimes with which it disagrees? A US government that most libertarians would freely admit is on the opposing team when it comes to promoting liberty at home is somehow as white as driven snow when it comes to promoting libertarianism overseas? Tell us, Students for Liberty, how does that work?


  • Daniel McAdams

    Executive Director of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity and co-Producer/co-Host, Ron Paul Liberty Report. Daniel served as the foreign affairs, civil liberties, and defense/intel policy advisor to U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, MD (R-Texas) from 2001 until Dr. Paul’s retirement at the end of 2012. From 1993-1999 he worked as a journalist based in Budapest, Hungary, and traveled through the former communist bloc as a human rights monitor and election observer.

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