The neocons are for big government and wars. Bill Kristol is for big government and wars. The neocons disliked Reagan and celebrated George W. Bush’s massive expansion of the state. They loathe libertarianism and they loathe the Pauls. They quietly like Hillary Clinton who is basically an extension of George W. Bush in many respects. In fact most neocons – most of whom are Bushites – would probably like to see Hillary win this go’round. (Though they can’t say it publicly –
I refer to people like Rand Paul as defense “owls.” They aren’t doves. They aren’t hawks. They are smart and staid. They are “owls.”
The creation of this think tank is encouraging. Indeed it is vital that the neocons, the big government hawks which defined the Bush era (the Clinton era?) be countered and shown for the advocates of massive government that they are. Conservatives historically have not been for waging war across the globe, and particularly without the sanction of Congress and by extension the American people.
All I can say is we made the case for making Detroit an economic “free zone” back in October 2012. Not that “free zones” are our idea. Free market/price advocates have made the case for them for years. It’s good to see the idea getting some real political traction.
Free up places which are disasters. Make them business friendly. Lower or eliminate taxes. Let people innovate. Many of our cities have little to lose at this point. Other than a rigid fear of free markets why wouldn’t one want free zones in areas of economic despair?
I basically don’t buy this analysis but it is an interesting and let’s say cute article that is worth reading for the Washington DC insider take.
But John Hart misses a very important and fundamental component of the current tumult in the GOP, namely Ron Paul. It was Paul’s critique of the GOP as a party which is in no way actually for “small government” which got this ball rolling. The first “TEA parties” were in support of the Congressman and his 2008 presidential run.
Big government Republicans are much more common than small government Republicans. At least in Washington DC.
Saying that, as noted in the attached article, much good has been done over the last 5 years.
I do on occasion enjoy Rand’s snark.
Many people see the federal government as not reflecting their views at all. Some see the unending expansion of the state into every nook and cranny of life, and the gaming of the government by powerful corporate and political interests, as a real threat. Indeed that our massive government is encroaching on the things many Americans hold particularly dear, independence, for some – faith, economic liberty, liberty generally, privacy, and so on.
If you really want to understand why the crony capitalist system is so insidious as well as ubiquitous I highly recommend listening to this bit from the master Murray Rothbard. If you really want to get what is so messed up about government and the “privavte sector” partnering up, one must know at least a little bit of his work.
Warning though. Rothbard can rattle one’s whole understanding of politics and economics.
This is an interesting tack.
Like I said before, it’s neocon or bust over there.
And Greg Gutfeld just jumped the orca. I know you have a new show and you see the brass ring, but come on. Sorry dude, we have a Constitution. If you don’t like it or find it inconvenient, well, that’s just too bad.
Let’s just hope whoever the next president is they care more about the rule of law than the last 2 presidents.
Fox News did this over and over with Rand Paul’s dad too. There is serious pressure in the GOP to tamp down the libertarian wing (now probably the largest wing). Which is basically suicidal. But that’s the Republicans for you.
This would seem a reasonable thing to do. Locking the treaty text in a dungeon, under guard, with senators only allowed to view it by themselves and while there prohibited from making notes, is probably a bit unreasonable.
Good. For crying out loud, somebody should.
I hope that one day we will look back on the Patriot Act in the way we look back on Prohibition now, a huge mistake which gave away too much power to government and undermined the very spirit of what it means to be American.*