Both men suggest that, perhaps, libertarianism is the current heart of the conservative project with its continued focus upon individualism and limited government. There’s been a tendency for Reagan, the recent George Bush, and of course now Obama to increase the government’s size and scope. In fact, they invoke the spirit of Barry Goldwater in the search for roots. It’s a little grandiose, but is libertarianism growing up (getting more mainstream credibility and creating a history for itself?) and dealing more and more with genuine policy problems?:
A commenter notes:
“The problem with “returning to our Goldwater roots” — Goldwater never got elected president. The “roots” are all about a beautiful theory that’s never been tested in the crucible of actual governing experience.”
To be even more skeptical: Is this a high-watermark for the libertarians…where do they go from here?
See Also On This Site: In response to Obama’s presidency and the current political landscape, is Will Wilkinson moving toward a more liberal youth?: Will Wilkinson And Jonah Goldberg On Bloggingheads: Updating Libertarianism?…From Reason’s Hit And Run: What Kind Of Libertarian Are You?
Also: A Few Thoughts On Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia”…Ayn Rand was deep, but still kind of a cult-figure: Link To An Ayn Rand Paper: The Objectivist Attack On Kant