The defense of the illiberal activities of the actually-existing state cuts across superficial partisan lines, and the dominant political philosophy of both American parties is a venerable ideology of realpolitik imperial supremacy that deploys the rhetoric of liberalism as pacifying propaganda and recasts the completely mundane application of basic liberal-democratic principles–the kind at work in the activities of Wikileaks and Snowden–as irresponsibly adolescent, anarchical, and even libertarian (eww!) challenges to the very idea of the liberal state. “Liberal” apologists for the actually-existing criminal state spook actual liberals from the practice of actual liberalism by insinuating darkly that any doubts about the liberal legitimacy of the security state probably makes you a loathsome, possibly racist Paultard. Wil Wilkinson on why liberal critics of the "liberal" state seem "libertarian." [more inside]
posted by grobstein
on Jan 21, 2014 -
Libertarians, the forgotten voters (pdf) For those on the trail of the elusive swing voter,
it may be most notable that the libertarian vote
shifted sharply in 2004. Libertarians preferred
George W. Bush over Al Gore by 72 to 20 percent,
but Bush’s margin dropped in 2004 to 59-38 over
John Kerry. Congressional voting showed a similar
swing from 2002 to 2004. Libertarians apparently
became disillusioned with Republican overspending,
social intolerance, civil liberties infringements,
and the floundering war in Iraq. If that trend continues
into 2006 and 2008, Republicans will lose
elections they would otherwise win. (via Andrew Sullivan)
posted by caddis
on Oct 12, 2006 -
The Libertarian candidate for the 24th District of the Kansas House was canvassing the local Mission, KS Arts and Eats festival, speaking with attendees and distributing campaign literature. Suddenly, a councilwoman approached him with a police officer and informed him he had to leave and would be charged with trespassing if he returned, an action which the Mayor has publicly denounced and has launched an investigation into.
posted by deusdiabolus
on Sep 30, 2006 -
1000 Angry Monkeys, Blogging About Politics...
The partisan political blogosphere
has been humming along nicely for the last several years. But where the progressive and conservative ideologies intersect, at technology, they can possibly be best categorized as libertarian
, particularly if limited to the development, growth, corporatization, regulation, and taxation of the internet. As such, there's much news worthy of our attention. More inside...
posted by rzklkng
on May 4, 2006 -
A Libertarian for Kerry.
John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the EFF
and a former campaign manager for Dick Cheney, is taking his libertarianism into the Democratic camp. "...we need something -- and I think it’s governmental -- to reregulate the market and make it free, because the multinationals have taken it away." (More inside).
posted by liam
on Aug 12, 2004 -
elected to local office. Browne results similar to Reform party without benefit of matching funds.
It's a new day in America.
posted by thirteen
on Nov 8, 2000 -