November 10, 2010

BUT THEY THINK THEMSELVES ICONOCLASTS:

an liberalism save capitalism from conservatism?: The resurgence of conservatism in American politics makes the question more urgent than ever (Michael Lind, 11/09/10, Salon)

The crackpot ideology of the economic right is libertarianism. Libertarianism and communism are equally crazy in opposite ways. Libertarians believe that it is possible to privatize everything without anarchy, while communists believe that it is possible to socialize everything without tyranny.

Neither Jeffersonian populists nor libertarian ideologues have the slightest clue about how to run a complex technological society in the 21st century. Why should they? Jeffersonianism is a program for a primitive society of small farmers of a kind that no longer exists anywhere. At least, once upon a time, there were genuine Jeffersonian agrarian societies in the real world. There has never been a libertarian country and there never will be, because the maximum of government authority allowed by libertarian theory is well below the minimum required by a functioning community.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 10, 2010 6:15 AM
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