• stevenjohnson2

    Quoting the Declaration of Independence, when immigration meant importing slaves, and quoting Reagan, who wasn’t favoring immigration but favored fighting your enemies every way you can…you’ve lost the debate before you started.

    Whatever it may be formally, in practice libertarianism is a reactionary political philosophy, in a particularly virulent amoral form. It says a free society is one where everything is for sale, and one man’s money is as good as another’s. This has no necessary connection to an open society and nothing you can say will ever make that so.

    • jtlevy

      It seems unlikely you’ll much enjoy this blog.

      • stevenjohnson2

        We all live in hope as they say. Philosophy, religion and law have not proven property is the essence of humanity. There’s nothing that forces libertarians to be reactionaries, so maybe one or two will break loose from the pack and discuss topics like:

        a minimalist world state which largely confines itself to essential security issues, criminalizing war and closed borders and how we could have one now…

        the emancipation of youth, offering independent work, possibly paying them for needed studies and/or…

        the political rights and duties inhering in trade unions in a social democratic polity, whether they are justified solely by the individual rights of the citizen…

        funding of local political bodies and how it contributes to individual freedom in a social democratic polity…

        how to identify political mandates to economic planners, whether constitutionally, legislatively, by plebiscite, quasijudicially by organizationally independent polling commissions, or some combination thereof…

        And so on.

        As to your post, the fact is the libertarians weren’t even interested enough in your topic to argue with you and didn’t agree enough to applaud. As for the interest in Niskanen…it’s sadly probable the only real interest in Niskanen’s output is provide a veneer of niceness to reaction in general, tolerating the occasional deviation into the real thing for the sake of plausibility. It’s a living, I guess.