Libertarian Populism Is an Oxymoron
When it comes to politics, one must (unless you are a reprobate sex fiend like Democrats Anthony Weiner, Eliot Spitzer, and Bob Filner) adhere to Oscar Wilde’s maxim that the only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about.
This is particularly true of those of us who lean libertarian, as the bossy, statist, “nudges” of do-gooderism and moralizing which are so often the focus of political discourse on both the left and the right delve into areas that citizens should, we believe, decide privately without the help (by which I mean coercion) of know-it-all politicians and bureaucrats.
But libertarianism has for too long come across as a club, if not a cult, limiting not just the ability of libertarians to win political office but even to substantially impact political discourse.
(I distinguish a libertarian philosophy from a Libertarian Party member through the use of a lower-case “l” for the former, which could be held by independents, by Republicans or -- less commonly, and almost always dishonestly -- by Democrats.)
National mixed emotions about libertarianism are understandable, given that many Americans consider former Texas Congressman Ron Paul and his many naïve or anti-Semitic or tin-foil-hatted disciples as its leading representatives, and that so many Libertarian Party members come across as more interested in intellectual purity and being “right” than in actually making a difference.
Please read the entirety of my article for the American Spectator here:
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