“What Libertarianism Means Today” |History News Network

In Richard Striner’s final post on the history of Libertarianism, he examines the influence of Ayn Rand and Friedrich Hayek. Then he briefly examines the rise of the current movement in the U.S. from Barry Goldwater to the present. In conclusion, he questions the viability of the rigid libertarian worldview that is based on an extreme form of individualism: “We prize our own liberty, true, and we will obviously struggle to defend it —— fiercely if we must —— when it is threatened. But to elevate government above all other possible threats to our liberty is hard to do when push comes to shove. When a natural disaster devastates the region in which we are living and reduces our homes to a shambles —— what then? If vicious thugs invade our homes, what instincts take over as we rush to respond to the invasion? Do we immediately think of warning all the agents of government to watch their step and avoid messing with us? Or do we call 911 and hope the agents of government arrive just as quickly as they can?”

Leif  Parsons, The New York Times http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/04/08/the-taint-of-social-darwinism/

Leif Parsons, The New York Times

 

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2 thoughts on ““What Libertarianism Means Today” |History News Network

  1. This was a fantastic article regarding libertarianism, one that I really enjoyed. I especially liked the concise way in which it conveyed all the information required succinctly. I’m a 15 year old with a blog on finance and economics at shreysfinanceblog.com. It would be very much appreciated if you could read and reblog one of my articles! Thanks again for this great article.

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    • Shrey,
      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the article, but I wonder if you actually read it. I read your blog post “Why Socialism fails,” and I will briefly comment on it. If I get the time I will comment more extensively because I think the topic deserves a more thorough rebuttal. You’re young and thoughtful, so I’m confident that you’ll continue to give this subject more thought with an open mind rather than falling into ideological rigidity.

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