VDH Is Talking Out of His…Hat…Here
Bill Quick

Works and Days » Putin Is Everything and More — But Not Stupid

That we think a dictator is acting stupidly, or that history will agree some day that a dictator was acting stupidly, means neither that he believes he is or that he cares, or that in the here and now such perceptions matters much. The Poles of Warsaw or the Jews of Kraków did not care much in 1939 that Hitler’s invasion was really stupid for Germany’s long-term interest and would soon eventually be proven so.

Stupid is thinking otherwise.

VDH is a historian, so he should realize what a load of hooey he just spouted.  “Stupid” and “smart” are always determined on the stage of history by victory or defeat.  Germany came within a hair of defeating the gathered might of the West.  Had they done so, some current Victor David von Hansen would be writing about how “imbecilic” it was for America to go to war against Germany.

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About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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