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Thursday, February 19, 2009

One More Thought On Liberaltarianism

I generally agree with Rob on this subject -- particularly his final point -- so I'll just add one other thing: Has anyone bothered to ask liberals what they think?

Seriously, have they ever shown any interest in forming an alliance with libertarians? Of meeting libertarians even part of the way? For that matter, are liberals even aware that this debate is going on? As far as I can tell, this debate exists solely between conservatives and libertarians.

The only person of any note on the left that I am aware of who has even weighed in is Kos. And it wasn't like he was proposing any sort of meeting of the minds. He was just being strategic, trying to build up the anti-Bush coalition. It wasn't like he cared for -- or for that matter even understood very well -- libertarianism.

As Kos put it:
A Libertarian Dem understands that no one enjoys true liberty if they constantly fear for their lives, so strong crime and poverty prevention programs can create a safe environment for the pursuit of happiness. A Libertarian Dem gets that no one is truly free if they fear for their health, so social net programs are important to allow individuals to continue to live happily into their old age. Same with health care. And so on.
Whatever that is, it's not even close to classical liberal thinking. It is fairly representative of current liberal Democratic thinking though, as the stimulus bill has proved.

As for the rest of the left, they couldn't care less about libertarians. To them, libertarians are just another part of the right-wing fringe and about as welcome. Wilkinson can pack his bags and forever leave the warm embrace of the right and all of its Jesus-freak, fagbashing ways. I would just caution him that this doesn't mean he is about to embark on a passionate affair with the left.

Maybe they'll let him buy them a drink, but I wouldn't count on getting the digits.

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