As I said, this morning's Students for Liberty debate was a double-header. Here's my two minute opening statement for Topic #2: War.
Pacifism in 4 Steps
the modern world, there are no wars of "self-defense."War today inevitably means deliberately or at
least recklessly killing many innocent civilians.This creates a strong moral presumption against war.
overcome this presumption, you'd have to show that long-run benefits of a war
are so wonderful than they clearly
overshadow its grisly short-run costs.And you'd have to show that there isn't any cheaper, more humane way to
obtain these benefits.
practice, predicting the consequences of war is extremely difficult.Expert predictions are barely better than
chance."It's complicated" is not a good
enough reason to deliberately or recklessly kill many innocent people.
are much cheaper, more humane ways to attain the alleged humanitarian benefits
of war.First and foremost: free
immigration, so desperate people always have someplace to start a new life.