Closing Thought–20Nov18

For some time now Libertarian has been a lock step with the GOP on many issues especially on the economic side…..but a Libertarian think tank has made an observation that many of us have made in the past….it is a “one trick pony” ideology…….

Seems the Libertarians agree with me and others……

For millions of people, ideology is the lighthouse in a dark sea of politics. An uncompromising vision of how the world is supposed to work, and how to fix it, is just too alluring for partisans to ignore. Political parties’ most frenzied supporters are demanding ideological purity from their candidates as they push out moderates, especially on the right. As a result, ever fewer temperate souls are left to hold the middle ground in politics.

Yet the libertarian think tank Niskanen Center in Washington, DC, argues the moderate middle is the future. Niskanen president Jerry Taylor wrote in an Oct. 29 essay that he is dropping the libertarian banner the center has shared with the likes of the more conservative Cato Institute. In a 3,595-word farewell to the libertarian world, he says libertarianism, and ideology itself, is a dead end. “I have abandoned that libertarian project…because I have come to abandon ideology,” writes Taylor, who invites readers to flee the “clean and well-lit prison of one idea.


If I have any Libertarian followers please weigh in on this turn of events…..are they right about the politics of the party?


6 thoughts on “Closing Thought–20Nov18

  1. Card carrying Libertarian since 2000; and while I agree with the first paragraph…I don’t the second. While Libertarian ideals aren’t likely to sweep the political landscape in my lifetime, hopefully much of it does take hold [Libertarian values exist across the spectrum]…and I certainly don’t feel as if I’m in a “prison of one idea”…..

    Following the path of one’s values…even if in a minority…..wins out every time, over following the well trod popular paths of unsupported values.

    1. Thanx for you insights….I have never voted for a winner in a general election…I always vote for my principles and values….Gary Hart was the closest I came to supporting a major party candidate….chuq

      1. That may be true for you, but I started young, and have never changed my beliefs. For me there was only ever one ‘side’, and everyone who wan’t on it was on the other side.
        Best wishes, ,Pete.

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