By Richard Girard
This is the first of two parts explaining why–like its left-wing counterpart, Marxism–Libertarianism is a Utopian idea that cannot possibly work in the real world, unless that world was populated by James Madison’s angels (Federalist No.51). But like Marxism, it does have some good ideas that we should not ignore. the difficulty is separating the wheat from the chaff.
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“The spirit of our American radicalism is destructive and aimless; it is not loving; it has no ulterior and divine ends; but is destructive only out of hatred and selfishness.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays, “Politics” (Second Series, 1844).
It is an untested and utopian system, which historian Michael Lind has described as a “cult,” having no real world example upon which its proponents may base their lofty claims of moral, economic, and political superiority . Robert Locke, in his article in the March 14, 2005 issue of The American Conservative , described it as the “Marxism of the Right .” I am writing of course, about Libertarianism, in particular as practiced by those on the Right. Continue reading »