The Evil of Sanctions and Embargoes

Among the most immoral and destructive policies of the U.S. government are sanctions and embargoes. Join Future of Freedom Foundation president Jacob G. Hornberger and Citadel professor Richard M. Ebeling in this week’s Libertarian Angle as they examine why a free, prosperous, and moral society necessarily entails a termination of these foreign policy weapons.

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The Future of Freedom Foundation was founded in 1989 by FFF president Jacob Hornberger with the aim of establishing an educational foundation that would advance an uncompromising case for libertarianism in the context of both foreign and domestic policy. The mission of The Future of Freedom Foundation is to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.

8 thoughts on “The Evil of Sanctions and Embargoes”

    1. To many federal politicians and officials, even bombing innocent people in foreign countries is not considered violence, because in their minds, the purpose is noble. Starvation? Well, that’s kids play.

  1. sanctions can be a better moral alternative to war. certainly at minimum it protects our own brothers and sisters in the military from death and maiming.

    1. “sanctions can be a better moral alternative to war. certainly at minimum it protects our own brothers and sisters in the military from death and maiming.”

      Sanctions are never an alternative to war, they are its precursors. Did the Iraq sanctions of the 1990’s prevent Iraq War II? No, all they did was kill hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, including children, but that wasn’t enough to satisfy American politicians’ blood lust. The inevitable result was war, and killing hundreds of thousands more Iraqis.

      Sanctions, such as the ones now aimed at Iran, often provoke the sanctioned regime into firing the first shot. Indeed, that is what provoked Pearl Harbor which resulted in American entry into WWII.

      If you want to protect our brothers and sisters in the military from death and maiming, why not simply bring them home while they are still alive?

      1. “American politicians’ blood lust” — clearly not ready to have a fair discussion of facts.

    2. Sanctions kill people on the other side. Apparently, all you care about are deaths on your side. That makes you a monster.

      1. haha. Ok.

        It’s this kind of extreme rhetoric and demonization of people not in lockstep with your ideas that makes your arguments far less persuasive.

        If you actually want to speak to anyone other than those who agree with you, you might consider that your approach is not likely to move them toward your viewpoint.

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