Archive for August, 2012

Page 1 of 1


#Libertarianism, #Politics

This has been one of my complaints about the right as well. Politicians who want to reign in Medicare and Medicaid also talk about “helping out” industries that have fallen on difficult times. As if that wasn’t welfare too. They mistake big business for the free market, as if old bloated industries weren’t the natural enemy of the free market.

What’s worse, the left makes exactly the same mistake. They see giant rapacious corporations that have maneuvered themselves into positions of power, fortified against competitors by government subsidies and regulations (I’m looking at you, Bank of America!) and think that’s what happens when free markets run wild. No wonder they hate capitalism.

Mark, on a Libertarian Telling the Right Where They Go Wrong


#I Voted, #Politics

There’s nothing morally wrong with being ignorant about politics, or with forming your political beliefs though an irrational thought processes—so long as you don’t vote. As soon as you step in the voting booth, you acquire a duty to know what you’re doing. It’s fine to be ignorant, misinformed, or irrational about politics, so long as you don’t impose your political preferences upon others using the coercive power of government.

Jason Brennan, on The Case For Not Voting


I’ve felt this way for quite some time; the real reason politicians are constantly pushing for higher participatory rates is because of the power of political ignorance.


#Economics, #Politics

When economic times are bad, animosity is directed at foreigners: “They’re taking our jobs!” So it’s unsurprising that the presidential campaigns feature charges and counter charges about outsourcing, the employment of foreign labor by American companies…Adam Smith observed, “The division of labor is limited by the extent of the market.” If the extent of the market is artificially constricted by politicians (no one else has such power), the division of labor and its concomitant progress are stunted—and we are poorer than we would have been.

Thus we should worry whenever politicians attempt to incite the public against global trade in goods and services.

Sheldon Richman on Outsourcing


This is partially why I hate election time–especially now that a politician’s statements are likely to be taken out of context and used as tool to bludgeon them into political submission. Also, the pandering to special interests is disgusting at best.