Historical counter-factuals and political philosophy

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July 13, 2011
by Bryan Caplan  
Posted in Commentary

"People frequently try to refute my pacifism by merely saying 'Hitler.' 'If only Britain and France had declared war and unseated Hitler when he occupied the Rheinland in 1936!' they say. My quick reply is, 'Yes, but I've got a better one. If only any of the major powers in World War I had been pacifist in 1914, neither Nazism nor Communism would have gained power in the first place!' If you think that's an unfair historical counter-factual, I agree. They're both unfair historical counter-factuals. What's unfair about them?" (07/13/11)


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