Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Joseph Sobran (1946-2010), R.I.P.

Old Right conservative and sometime anarcho-capitalist Joe Sobran passed away last week at age 64 from complications of diabetes.

For those who weren't familiar with Sobran, he was a brilliant writer trained in Shakespearean prose. A senior editor for many years at National Review, when it was still a conservative magazine, he got thrown out the door for daring to question America's national interest in the Gulf War and for suggesting that the war might have been concocted on Israel's behalf.

Sobran ruffled many feathers on that issue and many others, but he was always a truthful and fearless man. Were that there were more Joe Sobrans writing today.

I'll close with one of my favorite quotes of Sobran's:

"War has all the characteristics of socialism most conservatives hate: Centralized power, state planning, false rationalism, restricted liberties, foolish optimism about intended results, and blindness to unintended consequences."


Carl Wicklander,
Regular Columnist, THL
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