The subject of killing in war has largely been unexplored by the libertarian community, at the very least in its relation to the morality of war. Most who have studied the topic in depth are military or working with the military.

This week’s episode is an introduction to what will be a major area of inquiry for the podcast going forward. We will explore this resistance to killing and its relationship to moral injury. We will also attempt to answer the question: does the immorality of a particular increase the rate of moral injury suffered in that war?

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Additional Citations:

Collateral Murder

Winter Soldier Testimony

[Liberty Weekly] Blood Makes the Green Grass Grow: Conditioning Soldiers to Kill

By Patrick MacFarlane

Patrick MacFarlane is a Wisconsin attorney in private practice. He is the host of the Liberty Weekly Podcast at, where he covers libertarian legal theory, noninterventionist foreign policy, Austrian economics, history, and other libertarian topics. His is a regular contributor at the Libertarian Institute at His work also appears on in the viewpoints section. He may be reached at

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