At Nationalist Review, surprise, surprise.
Richard Brookhiser is an extreme nationalist. He has written several books defending the Federalist, and he is on the record as very pro-Union/anti-secession. In other words, he is a Hobbesian statist. Ron Paul represents an extreme threat to his statist world view. Of courseÂ Brookhiser sees the problem as libertarians and pascifists (the other), but he should realize that authentic conservatives reject the modern Hobbesian nation state as well.
Mostâ€”maybe allâ€”libertarians acknowledge a right to self defense. But in the modern world this cannot be done by militias. It requires a military industrial complex, with all the attendant consequences.
That is a bit of a straw man. The Founders presupposed a standing Navy (I agree) and disagreed over the need for a standing Army. The mainland could easily be defended from invasion by a militia.