Laugh Line of the Week By Roderick on June 2, 2011 4 We are only inches away from ceasing to be a free-market economy. Mitt Romney Conflation Debate, Lapsus Linguae, Left-Libertarian
The sad thing is, this is all we can expect of him and others like him. It goes down from there.
Should we think about abandoning the term “free market”?
Question: Kevin Carson frequently makes the comparison of conservative policies to a farmer who prefers to work his cows to death and replace them, and of liberal policies to a farmer who prefers to care and feed his cows. Carson also says he “knows which system I’d prefer to live under”, meaning the latter, and I’m guessing as a Left Libertarian you agree. But the same analogy applies to the US and Europe, with the US being more conservative and “work the cows to death” in many ways than Europe. So given these facts, can you give a coherent reason why you shouldn’t advocate that we all leave the US and try to gain EU citizenship? I’m just curious since it seems like it’s something you are committed to, but doesn’t really strike me as something a libertarian would advocate.
I’m probably less convinced than Kevin is as to the clear superiority of the European over the American model. There are a multitude of differences, and some favour one and some favour the other. (By analogy, one farmer feeds his cows better but the other one lets them range farther; so neither side gets a clear win.) In any case, I’m more interested in working for the abolition of privilege and oppression than in focusing on marginal ameliorations.
Not that the idea of living in Europe isn’t attractive to me. But that’s for reasons that have little to do with economic policy.