Tom Palmer has been on my blog list (see the list on the right) for some time. What singles Tom out is his attitude. Here’s a guy who wasn’t convinced we should go to war into Iraq but now he’s rushing over to help them establish a liberal democracy.
He was in Eastern Europe during the late 80s and early 90s bringing the classic books on liberty to new audiences. Perhaps his fondness for reading the originals comes from his education at St. Johns in Annapolis – one of the bastions of using original works instead of text books when possible (his bio.) His knowledge isn’t confined to the classics; he’s been active in policy studies for decades. And he’s a great communicator.
It seems there no limit to Palmer’s passion to spread the gospel of liberty and nurture struggling societies recuperating from long-standing oppression. There’s a steep learning curve in Iraq, today. Some might throw up their hands, cry what a mess, and urge us to run. Not Tom. He’s a fighter – with intellectual ammunition but that’s urgently needed in Iraq. Here’s his report on Iraq.
The Cato Institute, where Tom works, tends to be weak in areas of foreign policy and defense but when it comes to the economy, they’re second to none. Let’s hope they take some of Tom’s advice.