Editor's Note: Justin is taking a breather today, having just resumed his keytruda treatment. We are taking this opportunity to rerun this classic and oh-so-timely column from December 17, 2013. Plus ça change… the more things change, the more they stay the same!
My regular readers may recall one of my more controversial columns, wherein I made the case against boycotting Israel: my argument was essentially that a boycott in this case would be unjust, since many Israelis disagree with the state-enforced racist policies of the current government and it would be unfair to make them suffer for the actions of a state gone rogue.
The basis of my argument was that boycotts of this nature are essentially inimical to libertarianism, which places the individual, and not collective entities like states, at the center of its worldview.