An Economist on Foreign Policy – Syria Edition

Here is a recent tweet from economist “Angus” of KPC fame: “Dear “civilized” world: How long are we going to let this puto Assad murder and oppress the people of Syria?”

I doubt he is being sarcastic so as a political scientist I have the same reaction to this as an economist would probably have to something said by a political theorist along the lines of “Dear ‘civilized’ world: How long are we going to let pharmaceutical companies prevent the poor from receiving the drugs they need?” or “Dear ‘civilized’ world: How long are we going to let banks foreclose on poor people with underwater mortgages?” or something equally lacking in complexity.

I agree with a lot of the posts I see at libertarian websites like KPC but cosmopolitan libertarian and utilitarian takes on foreign policy are usually tough to take seriously in the world as it is (not to mention that their revealed preferences make it hard to imagine they are really that concerned with foreign tyrants).  Then again, it was only a tweet and those guys are batting way above the Mendoza line in general.

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