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progressive Archives - Kang vs. Kodos
Oct 092009
 

I’m nearly done listening free MP3s of “What Has Government Done to Our Money?” by Murray Rothbard. I find myself becoming increasingly outraged about the fraud committed against the American people through modern banking. I also find myself surprised and angry that I didn’t know more about this before (e.g., via news media) and that activists for social justice either don’t know or don’t care about these problems.

Sound money – ending the Federal Reserves, insisting on 100% reserve banking, and returning to a commodity-based currency – is typically regarded, by insiders and outsiders alike, as primarily a paleoconservative or right-libertarian issue. Buzzwords like “gold standard” and “free market” are instant turn-offs to many on the Left. That must stop, and we must find power in combining our numbers. We must find a way to convince the progressive Left that central banking, fractional reserves, and fiat currency are fraudulent and harmful to society, particularly its most vulnerable, the poor and those on fixed incomes. We must also convince them that

How do we go about doing that? Any ideas?

BTW, if you’re a progressive (or anyone else not previously interested in sound money) who followed a link to this post, please read or listen to “What Has Government Done to Our Money?” and leave a comment to let me know your thoughts. How do you feel about central banking, fractional reserves, and fiat currency? Do you think you could find enough common ground to work with libertarian? Why or why not?

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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