I’d encourage everyone to read the attached article because it is a lovely example of the infatuation some people have with their masters. Actually that’s not fair. The guy makes plenty of good points from the progressive perspective. All the ones one would expect. We wouldn’t have any roads without government. (We would.) We’d all die from salmonella poisoning without the government. (We wouldn’t) Society would devolve into a scene from Mad Max where kids with mohawks marauded through the mall with chainsaws. (It wouldn’t.) All the ones one would expect.
The ALCU and the Tea Party groups got together to fight the IRS last week. Looks like they’re getting together again in Georgia to keep cops from taking people’s property. Good.
Many liberal groups are joining with IRS targeted conservative groups to fight the effort from the Obama administration to chill political work and speech. What is bad for the conservative goose is often bad for the liberal gander. Even still some believe that there has been significant pressure put on these liberal groups not to speak out. The ACLU however broke ranks and other traditionally lefty groups have followed. It’s really an existential issue for them. Obama isn’t going to be in office forever.
Trippi is an old time Democratic consultant who is very smart and his analysis here is interesting. This is a video well worth watching for those who care about the massive political changes going on right now especially on the so called American “Right.” He sees the libertarian movement as perhaps the most important movement in American politics and a movement which will change (and is changing) the political landscape.
Attached is an extremely well done article which lays out why it is that today’s political establishment, especially the “progressives” are so afraid of libertarianism.
If you don’t know Mr. Farage you should. He might be the most important politician in Britain not to walk through the halls of Parliament. Heck he’s barely allowed in the halls of European Parliament and he was elected to that body.
“ I was born in a welfare state
Ruled by bureaucracy
Controlled by civil servants
And people dressed in grey
Got no privacy, got no liberty
Cos the twentieth century people
Took it all away from me.”
- The Kinks
Indeed. The GOP has long been a big government, crony capitalist party. Just because the Republicans seem to have shifted a bit toward liberty in their rhetoric doesn’t mean that if the party were to gain power it would embrace ideas based in liberty. This would necessarily mean giving up power to the people and politicians are very jealous when it comes to power.
Public sector unions are out of control in this country. From sea to shining sea public “servants” have refused reforms to pension programs which threaten to derail public finances. Funding for police, schools, and roads is being sacrificed to pay for programs which benefit a narrow group of highly politically connected workers. Often public workers make six figure salaries when the people in the communities which fund these government workers on average make nowhere near that.