Jun 102009

“In essentials, unity; in doubtful matters, liberty; in all things, charity.” – attributed to various Christian authors

Walter Block, in “Rothbard and Big Tent Libertarianism“, presents twenty issues for which there is no single, uniform libertarian position. He doesn’t address progressive hot button topics, but the theme is still consistent with my plea.

Jun 092009

I have noticed that most people I encounter who are sympathetic to libertarian ideals or become libertarians of some stripe (minarchist, anarchist, whatever) would identify themselves as conservatives. However, progressives (i.e., those who would identify themselves as liberals) seem more often to be quite hostile to libertarianism. Many will gladly accept the label of “civil libertarian”, but few would wish to lose the modifier. Conversely, there seem these days to be a number of conservative wannabe libertarians who find some of the economic and small government ideals appealing but continue to defend their pet nanny state projects and imperial aspirations.

Should libertarians┬ábe content to win converts or half-hearted patronization from self-serving, self-righteous, hypocritical, warmongering, statolatrous conservatives? I don’t think so. I believe if we actively courted progressives and accepted their faults as we seem to accept those of conservatives we’ll achieve critical mass for real political change much more quickly.

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