The right of all people to revolt, articulated in the Declaration of Independence among other works, should always be supported — but that by no means implies one ought to support military intervention on behalf of rebels by other states. Rather, opposing such intervention is the consistently anti-statist, pro-liberty position.
- Military intervention by US and European governments in Libya will inevitably shape the political composition of the Libyan rebel groups, to the detriment of the Libyan people.
- Authentic revolutionaries depend upon the support of the people they are attempting to liberate, but with tax-funded military intervention comes the economic incentive to win the support of state policymakers in Washington D.C. and European capitals instead.
- Without state prohibitions on private military aid in the US and elsewhere, private fundraising could have brought timely private mutual aid to the Libyan rebels without the corrupting influence of state aid. The reason that would be the case is that broadly dispersing the decision of whether or not to support particular rebel groups among ordinary people globally would result in greater accountability than putting it in the exclusive control of a policymaking elite.