Comments for Bleeding Heart Libertarians http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com Free Markets and Social Justice Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:12:00 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 Comment on A Simple Libertarian Argument for Environmental Regulation by James Mariani http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2011/09/a-simple-libertarian-argument-for-environmental-regulation/#comment-83928 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 16:12:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=1305#comment-83928 Let’s forget these logical arguments for the moment and look at history. Before the environmental movement (and thus the EPA), there were shocking levels of pollution from private industry and governmental facilities. Regulation has worked. Pollution still exists, of course, but is dramatically reduced in comparison to previous times. There are new societal mores concerning pollution, but are they enough to prevent people and businesses from slipping back absent regulation? Given human nature and the profit motive, I seriously doubt it. One could argue against the burden of over regulation; however, the question seems to be how much, not whether to. The devil, as always, is in the details.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by Oni http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83927 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 00:51:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83927 Same thing happened when they did a survey during Bush’s term.
You first must evaluate their methodology, which likely isn’t weighted to all the bad things they did (and they may ignore actions that were very popular for their time). It’s doubtful any survey is knocking points off of Jefferson for raping his slaves and not giving them freedom upon his death (like his contemporary, George Washington did).

It is likely weighted towards how well they managed crises, major policies and decisions they put in place, how well those policies improved the nation’s future, etc. And in such a metric, both WHH & Trump should be at the bottom of the list.

The problem isn’t with these historians and political scientists. The problem is you disagree with their methodologies.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by King Goat http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83926 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 23:38:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83926 Make sure you lift with your legs and not your back when moving those goalposts!

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by stevenjohnson2 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83925 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:17:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83925 Political conservatism likes to call itself prudential and organic, but a conservative love of the status quo is a personal moral value that ignores party labels. So, seeing institutional norms as the code of morals is very likely due to the apologetic, establishmentarian cast of the academy. Also, I’m not sure a political scientist is necessarily cunning enough to rig the poll against Trump so deftly. But to be fair to a fault, can’t rule it out.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by sandy http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83924 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:41:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83924

embodying institutional norms

I wonder if they added that category specifically to bring down Trump’s score…

Seems like a weird measure of “greatness”, in any case.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by Krinein_ev http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83923 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:15:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83923 The OP seems to imply that the primary criterion is not pursuing policies that end up killing people. That has a certain kind of logic, but most people think there are other aspects of leadership that are as or more important.
It is undoubtedly true that Lincoln’s policy of not allowing secession killed hundreds of thousands of people. But he is ranked #1 precisely because he chose to fight and win that war. Libertarians will naturally prefer presidents that do nothing, but most historians (or Americans in general) admire presidents that accomplish things, whether it be winning the Civil War or building the interstate highway system.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by stevenjohnson2 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83922 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 14:30:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83922 As the old saying goes, you are entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts. If Shlaes asserts Hoover and FDR were two of a kind, she’s a liar.

The rest of your assertions are a mix of goal post shifting, ambiguity about what makes government big, somehow reading the mass mind of dead people, pretend old style austerity suddenly disappeared during the New Deal…in short, a typically libertarian collage of warped reasoning and false facts designed to support a predetermined conclusion.

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Comment on Hooligans at Play: Trump the Worst President? by stevenjohnson2 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2018/02/hooligans-play-trump-worst-president/#comment-83921 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:08:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=12172#comment-83921 That was churlish of me. I’m very sorry, and apologize humbly.

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Comment on Halloween Is for Irish People Only; For Anyone Else, It’s Racist Cultural Appropriation by MarbleChess http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/10/halloween-irish-people-anyone-else-racist-cultural-appropriation/#comment-83920 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:28:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11286#comment-83920 Like you need Jenny (or a face/brain transplant). Enjoy, narcissist.

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Comment on Halloween Is for Irish People Only; For Anyone Else, It’s Racist Cultural Appropriation by ALISON BOWLES http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/2016/10/halloween-irish-people-anyone-else-racist-cultural-appropriation/#comment-83919 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:15:00 +0000 http://bleedingheartlibertarians.com/?p=11286#comment-83919 Must have hit a nerve there. Best of luck to you. You need it.

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