Libertarians And California? From Reason: ‘Matt Welch and Steven Greenhut on Stossel, Talking About Public Sector Unions, Pensions, and California’

Full post here.

Libertarianism does particularly well in California (a fiscal mess currently).  With large public sector unions, a city like San Francisco’s progressive tax structure, and a lot of liberal progressivism that grows government in other ways, you can see why.

Of course, California is often a bellwether for the rest of the country, and now that we have a president who’s interested in growing government to meet his health-care reform aims and is pursuing green jobs (and using the federal government to do so), perhaps libertarians are having their moment in leading opposition to the current administration.

I suspect looking eastwards, that there are many more socially conservative, often religious, more likely fiscally conservative (where much of my interest lies), people wondering what’s happened…

…a sound analysis?

Addition:  A Californian writes that it’s just because there’s a larger, more socially liberal base on the West coast at the moment due to migration patterns, American wide-open space and manifest destiny.  It’s not as socially acceptable to be socially (or religiously) conservative.

Ok…so have the deeper traditions of religion been transcended, or just ignored by a bunch of people who’ve made their way out West?  What’s with Boston?

Related On This Site:  Caitlin Flanagan At The Atlantic: ‘Cultivating Failure’ The Five New States of California…and Seattle?California Dreamers From The Atlantic-A Brief Review Of Kevin Starr’s History Of California Lawrence Lessig At Bloggingheads: ‘Fixing Our Broken System?’

Will Wilkinson And Jonah Goldberg On Bloggingheads: Updating Libertarianism?From Reason’s Hit And Run: What Kind Of Libertarian Are You?

Am I A Libertarian?

Kant is a major influence on libertarians, from Ayn Rand to Robert Nozick:  A Few Thoughts On Robert Nozick’s “Anarchy, State and Utopia”…Link To An Ayn Rand Paper: The Objectivist Attack On Kant

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