View Full Version : An 18th-Century Brain in a 21st-Century Head
By Virginia Postrel:
03-20-2007, 03:13 PM
It won't work. The dems closest to you in stripes would be the DLC types - socially liberal, tax leery, multi-natl friedly. The real liberals are not in power within the party. Barak flirts with them. But the real liberals' embracing of govt's purpose being to give a hand up would be opposed to a libertarian platform, where it's every widow and orphan for himself.
Sigh. If you know of any widows or orphans that need a hand, please feel free to offer them one. You might even want to ask your friends.
"l"ibertarianism isn't heartless - it's just that using the State for just about every Good Idea under the Sun isn't always a Good Idea.
03-20-2007, 03:31 PM
Anarchy is the way yo go ...........interesting
03-20-2007, 03:37 PM
03-20-2007, 03:50 PM
Yeah, it is. But the argument within libertarianism is really, "we compromised on the issue of personal freedoms and did a deal with the devils in the Rel Right to get a more libertarian view of taxes, which ultimatley would be a low flat tax and natl sales tax (or something like that), but the gop abandoned us on fiscal issues. So, maybe Bill and Hill weren't so bad."
But, the country overall is turning more traditionally liberal than that of the DLC. We overwhelmingly support raising taxes on the rich. We overwhelmingly support more aide to higher education. We are seeing what happens when the US Army is a tool of multi-nationals. Then there's working wages, and after school care esp for single parent homes ... not to even mention what public response to permanent 70dollar a barrell oil will be. This is really why Hill is not electable. She probably isn't in a general election, but the dems just aren't going to nominate her unless she somehow changes stripes mid-show.
Yeah, it is.
Interesting take on the libertarian movement's "deal" with the Religious Right. I'd not heard that one before.
But, the country overall is turning more traditionally liberal than that of the DLC. [...]
I wouldn't mistake the leftier-wing of the Democratic Party getting noisier as being indicative of support from the populace as a whole. The decision you need to make is whether or not you want to be elected (in which case, the semi-centrist DLC position is the way to go, as revealed by Clinton in 1992 and 1996, and by the Democrats in 2006) or if you want to go full-tilt hard-left, in which case you'll be stuck on the sidelines screaming and ranting, but safely out of power. A conundrum of sorts...
03-20-2007, 04:24 PM
No way a candidate is elected with a tax cut platform like Bushii had in 00.