“What does it mean to be anti-war”?

In April 2015, as I was in my sophomore year of college, I went to a YAL meeting. The speaker at the meeting was Dr. Ross Levatter and he gave one of the best “anti-war” talks that I had ever heard. I was so moved by it and helped me so much in advancing my libertarian philosophy. So, when I became the YAL chapter president, I decided that I want to him to come back to give that same talk to all the new members. I wanted them to be inspired the same way that I was and I wanted them to have the same effect that I had.

I then contacted Dr. Levatter to come in to our chapter meeting on November 15. He came and the talk he gave on war was excellent and many of our members enjoyed it. It was a riveting and moving lecture on why we as libertarians should be “anti-war” and why that is so important in embracing our political philosophy. He went over numerous examples regarding the My Lai Massacre and the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. He gave us many thought provoking examples such as “How much does the US spend on its military and how much does our ‘enemy’ Iran spend on its military?”. We learned a lot from it and we were all moved. We even had a very thought provoking discussion amongst the members once it was over.


I definitely plan on having more talks such as these next semester to inspire more libertarians. I am even planning a discussion meeting on the book “War is a Racket” by General Smedley Butler for next semester. This is a book I highly recommend that you all read. As libertarians, we should be “anti-war” and Dr. Levatter helped the libertarian group at ASU in developing this part of the philosophy. 

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