Well, with progressives in charge, the libertarian reaction to them is not surprising. I’m still expecting the Republican party and conservatives to drop libertarians like a hot potato when, slowly, and hopefully, the American people realize just what progressivism means on the ground; how inefficient, costly, full of cronyism and power-seeking our betters are given human nature. Whether or not you see Obama as part of the Anglo-American tradition, libertarians still do the dirty work in fighting off Statism in defense of individual liberty:
‘Washington is in the throes of a rekindled romance with technocracy: the idea that what is most needed to save the economy and the planet is a bunch of really smart people who have spent their lives studying complicated problems like health care finance or renewable energy. The last time we had this many fresh-faced wonks geting feted for their deep thoughts was the New Deal.’
Many mainstream democrats and liberals, since the rise of the 60′s through our institutions, seem sadly willing to follow along.
There’s a lot to say, but I’ll leave it to -Arthur Schopenhauer:
“Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.”
Addition: There’s a database for everything.
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