November 8, 2016

Libertario Delenda Est

How shall we repair relations after the election? Perhaps there are things on which we can all agree. I'll let Jim Geraghty introduce my idea:

Can we just put away any talk of a "Libertarian Future" for a while? I'd love to live in it, but there's no sign it's coming, in either a capital-L Libertarian Party way or a small-L philosophical way. This was the year that the Democrats nominated a corrupt, longtime-insider, big-government, scandal-ridden statist, and the Republicans nominated a guy who wants government to get bigger -- more infrastructure spending, mandated maternity leave, opposes entitlement reform, cheers eminent domain, and a new 35 percent tax on companies that fire workers. Trump's focus was never freedom or liberty. It was about empowering government, run by him, to address grievances of working-class whites and return America to a golden past, undoing decades of changes to the country and the world.

This year was the golden opportunity libertarians -- capital L and little L -- had dreamed of for decades... and they fumbled it away.

I'm not giving up on the little-l stuff. But boy-howdy Geraghty is right about the Big-Ls. The worst nominees evah, and they're fighting to hit 5%?

Jeeberz, will the last one out please turn off the lights?

Libertario Delenda Est Posted by John Kranz at November 8, 2016 12:12 PM

"...on companies that fire workers" is misleading and disingenuous. Empowering government to address grievances is completely off the mark.

If we are going to seek agreement can we at least start with a more objective statement of what's happening?

Posted by: johngalt at November 8, 2016 2:58 PM

And perhaps it is too soon for rapprochement. We might be better off stewing for a bit :).

Posted by: jk at November 8, 2016 6:27 PM | What do you think? [2]