“L” for …

An interesting interview at Reason with a fellow named Greg Gutfeld-

I became a conservative by being around liberals and I became a libertarian by being around conservatives. You realize that there’s something distinctly in common between the two groups, the left and the right; the worst part of each of them is the moralizing. On the left, you have people who want to dictate your behavior under the guise of tolerance. Unless you disagree with them. Then the tolerance goes out the window. Which kind of negates the whole idea of tolerance. That’s the politically correct moralizing. Then when you become a conservative, the other kind of moralizing comes from religion. But if you remove both of those from the equation, what you’re left with is libertarianism.

From the right, you’ve got free markets. From the left, you have free minds. To me, that’s the only sensible direction. As you grow older, you kind of end up there. Especially if you drink and do a lot of drugs.

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Bill Maher is not a libertarian. He’s not even close. He’s a P.C. liberal […] I hate that guy.

Libertarianism is a very cool thing to use as a disguise. Bill Maher does not say he’s a liberal. He says he’s a libertarian. That’s the reason why he does it. I think Glenn Beck is a libertarian, but he’s also got a very strong religious component, and it’s hard to put those two things together, I guess. But I think that “libertarian” provides cover for a lot of people.

I found this article (probably) through a link on someone’s blog. The writer was once Deputy PM of Poland. He writes-

Mises, Hayek, Schumpeter, Nozick and other thinkers have noted that under democratic capitalism there are always influential intellectuals who condemn capitalism and call for the state to restrain the markets. Such an activity bears no risk and may be very rewarding. (This contrasts strongly with the consequences of criticising socialism while living under socialism.)

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