[extropy-chat] electing ideas [was Re:Fahrenheit 911 -objectivereview?]
samantha at objectent.com
Sun Aug 22 18:56:42 UTC 2004
On Aug 16, 2004, at 1:18 AM, Brett Paatsch wrote:
> Brent Neal wrote:
>> .. voting on the principle of least incompetence.
> If only it would catch on.
> Good article. Maybe some will read excerpts that won't read
> 16 pages.
> " ..by virtue of our abdication, a very authoritarian, assertive
> form of government has taken over. And oddly enough, it is
> doing so in the guise of libertarianism to a certain extent. Most
> of the people in the think tanks behind the Bush administration’s
> current policies are libertarians, or certainly free marketeers.
I am sorry but the current government-corporate love-in has nothing to
do with free markets. With the exception of Cato, none of the major
think tanks remotely qualify as or claim to be libertarian AFAIK.
This is a gross insult to libertarians by those who haven't the
foggiest idea what libertarianism or free markets are about.
> We’ve got two distinct strains of libertarianism, and the
> hippie-mystic strain is not engaging in politics, and the Ayn
> Rand strain is basically dismantling government in a way that
> is giving complete open field running to multinational
OK, this is sloppy far beyond any need to deal with it further.
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