The libertarian case against modern conservatism is that free-market values derived from The Enlightenment are incompatible with traditionalist values derived from God’s authority. The conservative case against libertarianism is that no one wants to be a libertarian. Somewhere in this mix are people who call themselves “classical liberals,” meaning 1) John Stuart Mill would’ve recognized them as liberals in 1859 when On Liberty was published, which means we recognize them as libertarians now; and/or 2) they don’t want to be mixed up with the kind of libertarian who wants to get rid of driver’s licenses and legalize heroin.
“As with most libertarians, you aren’t really sure if Soave is a dolt (this would be the Any Rand wing), a political naif, or just a liberal Democrat who happens to believe in civil liberties. And, as with most libertarians, you find they are much more interested in being reasonable and finding consensus and reaching across the aisle than they are in actually doing anything. Here is a prime example. We have two completely outlandish allegations and one that can best be described as “sketchy.” One of the allegations, the sketchy one, has been disproven by information given to us by the complainant. This leaves two allegations that are totally without foundation. And yet, Soave wants to “take the L.” There is a word for people who don’t mind losing. They are called losers.”
“The Kavanaugh Nomination Shows Why You Don’t Want Any Libertarians On Your Side” | Red State | Steiff | 09/26/2018
Still, I love watching conservatives and libertarians beefing. It’s like watching Grandpa Simpson slap-fighting with Grandpa Munster.
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