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To dissolve, submerge, and cause to disappear the political or governmental system in the economic system by reducing, simplifying, decentralizing and suppressing, one after another, all the wheels of this great machine, which is called the Government or the State. --Proudhon, General Idea of the Revolution

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Thursday, March 17, 2005

Move Over, Maggie and Ron!

Via Liberty & Power. According to Robert Brent Toplin, George W. Bush is (better sit down for this) a libertarian:

Bush and other libertarian-style thinkers that have gained prominence in Washington, D.C. in recent decades champion markets in the extreme. They are enthusiasts of laissez faire who oppose strong governmental intervention in the affairs of individuals and businesses. Libertarians prefer to reduce government’s activities to a few essential services such as defending the public from foreign threats and protecting citizens from criminals. They seek the privatization of state-run programs (such as Social Security) and massive tax cuts. Often they advance their goal of limited government by squeezing the budgets of social programs.

Still there? Good. Just wanted to make sure nobody's laughed himself into an aneurism, or needs to be fitted for a truss, or anything.

When Mr. Bush retires, assuming he isn't appointed El Supremo for life, he can probably look forward to a distinguished career at the Adam Smith Institute.

3 Comments:

Blogger Charles Hueter said...

Toplin isn't alone in his flagrant mischaracterization: back in 2003, John Kerry described Bush's policies as extreme libertarianism.

March 18, 2005 11:14 AM  
Anonymous Michael said...

Our first impulse is to laugh, but am I the only one who's starting to get the uneasy feeling in his gut that this is all a deliberate ploy (maybe by both the Ds and Rs, or maybe just by the Rs) to mischaracterize, and thereby discredit, libertarianism?

March 19, 2005 11:44 PM  
Blogger Kevin Carson said...

Unfortunately, this has been going on for years. Liberals have been dismissing libertarians as "pot-smoking Republicans." And also unfortunately, too many professed free marketers have been giving them good reason to think so.

March 20, 2005 9:43 AM  

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