Fiscally Conservative, Socially Liberal

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Glittering generalities that conceal crucial differences. If you got your wish for fiscally conservative and socially liberal from the libertarians, it would be like wishes from a monkey's paw. The results of the wish would be so horrible you'd unwish it.

The problem with this propaganda ploy is that it assumes the two axes provided by the libertarians are good ways of examining what's important to people. It's as if you sorted people by the colors of the clothes they were wearing: the sorting would have little to do with their real political values.

The real political values of people tend to be best sorted along a right-left, authoritative father vs nurturing mother axis. A great deal of political research illustrates this.

We need a picture of a receptive female chimp titled "We're both anthropoid, why not marry me? 98% genetic overlap: isn't that good enough?"

For example, most liberals are in favor of decriminalizing drugs with important regulation (including taxation, prohibition to minors, labeling requirements), as we do for alcohol and nicotine. But libertarians want full legalization, without restriction or regulation: no taxes, no government restriction, warnings, or education on drugs. It would be legal to sell narcotic lollypops to children.

These sorts of differences are crucial: this example shows liberals have concern for all of societies interests, libertarians for individual commercial rights only.

Actually, what libertarians really mean by "liberal" is "libertine". The wikipedia article on libertine says: "A libertine is one devoid of most moral restraints, which are seen as unnecessary or undesirable, especially one who ignores or even spurns accepted morals and forms of behaviour sanctified by the larger society." That seems to match most of the propaganda about libertarianism. It also explains Milton Friedman's view of the responsibilities of corporations: "a corporation’s responsibility is to make as much money for the stockholders as possible."

Nor are libertarians consistent about "socially liberal": they are evenly split over the issue of abortion, for example. But worse, they deny the social liberal ideas of democracy and representative government and want to make them subservient to plutocracy. And equality plays no part in libertarian supposed "socially liberal".


Libertarianism Is Conservative (2 links)
Conservative in the sense that the Koch-sponsored movement would create an aristocracy based on wealth, a plutocracy.


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