The Left’s Antiwar Movement in Monterey: Down but Not Out

by David R. Henderson

There’s no doubt that antiwar activism among the left has declined substantially since Barack Obama became president. That has led many people to claim that the apparent antiwar views of many on the left were not so much antiwar as anti-Bush. I’m sure that there’s something to that, but there’s also a more nuanced explanation. Many on the left probably are still very antiwar, but the fact that they identify with President Obama makes it hard for them to criticize his actions. One of the easiest things to do is oppose a particular policy when you detest both the policy and the policymaker; it’s harder for most people to vocally oppose a policy they don’t like when they like the policymaker.

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