A Slightly Less Unknown Ideal, Part 2

Sheldon Richman

Sheldon’s American Conservative article on left-libertarianism is now online.

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13 Responses to A Slightly Less Unknown Ideal, Part 2

  1. Roderick February 3, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    Jesse Walker comments thereon. The comments section below his post is … as usual.

    • Black Bloke February 3, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

      I can almost never stomach the Reason blog comments for more than a dozen or so posts. This one is no exception.

      • j.f. smith February 4, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

        I feel the same way regarding Hit & Run comments. What I wasn’t exactly expecting, however, were all the asinine comments at The American Conservative.

  2. MBH February 4, 2011 at 5:50 am #

    Just awesome.

  3. hewler February 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm #

    Someone (hint, hint) needs to create a ‘If you _____…you might be a left-libertarian.” running shtick. Maybe have one geared towards libertarians and have one geared towards liberals.

    Examples;
    If you free-market, but anti-capitalist, you might be a left-libertarian.
    If you don’t think early America was a golden era of lassez faire, you might be a left-libertarian.

    Or maybe that Jeff Foxworthy bit is too out of date…Oh well.

    • MBH February 4, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

      I would think a right-libertarian schtick would be better. For instance, if say the following on Jesse Walker’s blog,

      A left-libertarian is exactly the same as any other person who chooses to put an adjective before the word “libertarian” – not a libertarian.

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

    • MBH February 4, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

      If you think,

      Libertarianism is mutually exclusive to both left-libertarianism and right-libertarianism.

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

      (I’m not making up these quotes BTW. I wish I were that creative.)

    • MBH February 4, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

      If you post Lew Rockwell to your facebook page to show that you understand economics,

      …you might be a right-libertarian.

    • MBH February 4, 2011 at 2:08 pm #

      If you give someone the finger when they mention “Locke’s labor theory of property,”

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

    • MBH February 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

      If you think that Ayn Rand pretty much covered it,

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

      If you think Glenn Beck is on the right track,

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

      If you think Stephan Kinsella means well,

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

      If you aren’t nervous when a LvMI guest speaker — “Judge” Napolitano — keeps pointing toward Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas as good supreme court justices,

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

      If you aren’t nervous at the Mises Institute,

      … you might be a right-libertarian.

  4. Ch-hua Zhu February 5, 2011 at 7:32 pm #

    MBH, there is no such thing as ‘right’ or ‘left’ libertarianism; both are incompatible with libertarianism – and I don’t mean just the statist parts, I mean your ‘thickism’; both the lefties and the rightos are cultural fetishists. The ‘natural order’ of a free society is not some ‘flattened egalitarianism’ or a ‘patriarchal restrictive covenant’ but cosmopolitan capitalism; big cities and big big business, where people hardly know each other because friends are deliberately chosen, not imposed by geography – much to the annoyance of all you localists and communitarians of the left and right.

    http://objectivelycorrect.blogspot.com/2011/02/libertarianism-is-pretty-much.html
    http://objectivelycorrect.blogspot.com/2010/12/community-may-be-thing-of-past.html

    • MBH February 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm #

      Two seconds into reading your first link, I can go ahead and point out a problem you’re going to have with this idea. You say that the left is bureaucratic and managerial. Um. Not the libertarian-left. And that is who we’re talking about, correct? I mean, the libertarian left is set on Lockeanism which all but excludes bureaucratic and managerial schemes. So, you’re kinda’ in trouble right off the bat dude.

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