A Blog of Reason From a Godless Liberal

The Problems with Libertarianism

In cool, Culture Wars, editorial, politics on October 1, 2009 at 4:45 am

This is a very interesting article on Rationally Speaking, I will quote the first two paragraphs, and I strongly urge you to read the rest. The comment are also good, there are some interesting points and counterpoints.

Some of my best friends are libertarian, but I don’t hold it (too much) against them. Libertarianism appears to be very popular these days, especially among Republicans who wish to pretend to be anti-big government and yet are ashamed of eight years of huge government deficit and interference in personal life under W. Unfortunately, there are several problems with being a libertarian, perhaps the major one being that it is hard to say what exactly a libertarian is.

I actually spent quite some time wading through the bewildering taxonomy of libertarian-like positions, and finally came up with a complicated tree-like “concept map” that summarizes the basics. First off, you know how they say that in politics the extremes are often close enough to touch each other? Well, you can’t get any further on the two sides of the political spectrum as leftist anarchists and libertarians, and yet both are major branches of Libertarianism in the broad sense. How’s that for strange bedfellows?

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