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What "Just War Theory" Really Means

War, Economy, and State Podcast

Tags PhilosophyWar and Foreign PolicyWorld History

11/22/2023Ryan McMakenZachary Yost

Ryan and Zachary discuss the basics of Just War Theory and whether a "moral war" is possible.  They also discuss the theory's origins in natural law, and how the theory relates to pacifism, wealth, and war crimes. 

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Additional Resources

"Get the US Out of the Middle East" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/WES_15_A

"American History Is a Preview of the Israel-Palestine End Game" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/WES_15_B

"Ethnic Interest Groups Fuel the American Warfare State" (War, Economy, and State): Mises.org/WES_15_C

Douglas Murray on having a "proportionate response” in a conflict: Mises.org/WES_15_D

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Contact Ryan McMaken

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is executive editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy, finance, and international relations from the University of Colorado. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case of Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

Zachary Yost

Zachary Yost is a freelance writer and Mises U alum. You can subscribe to his newsletter here.