Lower Left here too - love the company I'm in!!!
post #21 of 41
5/21/04 at 8:47pm
Originally Posted by El Casey S
"You can't be libertarian and left wing"
This is almost exclusively an American response, overlooking the undoubtedly libertarian tradition of European anarcho-syndicalism. It was, after all, the important French anarchist thinker Proudhon who declared that property is theft.
On the other side of the Atlantic, the likes of Emma Goldman were identified as libertarians long before the term was adopted by some economic rightwingers. And what about the libertarian collectives of the mid-late 1800s and 1960s?
Americans like Noam Chomsky can claim the label 'libertarian socialist' with the same validity that Milton Friedman can be considered a 'libertarian capitalist'.
The assumption that Social Darwinism delivers more social freedom is questionable. The welfare states of, for example, Sweden and The Netherlands, abolished capital punishment decades ago and are at the forefront of progressive legislation for women, gays and ethnic minorities - not to mention anti-censorship. Such developments would presumably be envied by genuine libertarians in socially conservative countries - even if their taxes are lower.
(Can you tell I'm lovin' this website??)
I'm starting to wonder.....is the majority actually libertarian? If so, we've got some work to do on our government. I think truth in advertising should be called for in political ads. Lots of people running for office say they're more libertarian than they act.