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Bringing back feudalism -- is libertarianism an unwitting tool?
1 year ago
"Eskow ignores other strands to libertarianism that include the erudite versions of William F. Buckley and Friedrich Hayek, who denounced the randian obsession with demigods as a guaranteed route to feudalism.  Hayek, in particular, extolled a level playing field that maximizes the number of competitors and avoids a narrow ruling-owner caste. Indeed, there are some versions of libertarianism that I consider to be entirely justified  -- the moderate versions offered to us by authors who range from Kurt Vonnegut to Adam Smith, from Robert Heinlein to Ray Bradbury...

...a version under which one is willing to negotiate and see a successful State that does good and useful things by general consensus and assent, but always with an emphasis on doing useful things that wind up empowering the individual to go his or her own, creative way. In other words, judging state actions (even skeptically) by a standard that is high, but allows us to work together on some valuable things that help us to then grow as we choose."


 
Bringing back feudalism -- is libertarianism an unwitting tool?
1 year ago

This canard has been making the rounds via various progressive blogs. The same bunch awhile ago claimed that libertarians were really fascists. But fascism requires a strong and powerful State. The OPPOSITE of what libertarians stand for. In fact is progressive ideology that produces a strong and powerful state akin to fascism. This is clearly seen by progressive icons,, past and present, that used fascist tactics and the accounts of those icons praising fascists. You didn't see libertarians praising fascist governments.  

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So......; then claim then changed to libertarians were feudalists. That provoked even more laughter in the libertarian community. The author cites Friedrich Hayek. apparently referring to Hayek's "Road to Serfdom" But, in fact, Hayek was pointing out that the "Road to Serfdom" would be the result of powerful government. The same powerful centralized government that is the single most core belief of.......progressives

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The author here seeks to hide the fact that it is progressives that mirror the political beliefs that they claim libertarians have. It's not working. Either is the claim that "negotiating" under the premise that "government is a force for good". That is a basic progressive belief. These people have been in control of this nation , in one form or another for decades. Under their premise, the productive have been exploited by the political class and the ruling oligarchs. The majority of the population is much worse off as a result. We can do better without them

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A couple of things are clear here. The author either doesn't understand libertarianism or is being disingenuous. Another thing is that progressives are feeling uncomfortable about the surge in libertarian ideas. Articles attempting to bring libertarians into the progressive ideology are failing. There is a scent of desperation in the air. It smells like victory.

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