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Thoughts on “Rolling Back the Clock”

Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by Political Tragic

A common response to any criticism of Progressive Statism, usually in the service of one or more of the different strains of Marxism (classism, feminism, racism, environmentalism, etc.), is that “We can’t simply roll back the clock on *hot-button-topic* rights!” or “We can’t just go back to the 1950s!”

You don’t wish to be forced to pay for a strong, independent, adult woman’s abortion-inducing drugs? “We can’t roll back the clock on women’s reproductive rights.” Therefore, you must be forced to pay.

You decline to participate in a gay “wedding” by furnishing the flowers, photographing the ceremony, or baking the cake? “We can’t go back to the 1950s on gay rights.” So, the coercive power of the government will force you to do so, or pay ruinous fines.

You question the outrageous economic cost of pie-in-the-sky environmental diktats? “We can’t go back to the days of rivers catching fire!” Electricity rates will necessarily skyrocket.

It may be true that “we can’t go back to the 50s”, but if this kind of attitude isn’t shown the door, discredited, and abandoned, we will in fact go much, MUCH further back than 1950. Statism, whether Progressive or Conservative, whether the dictatorship of the proletariat or the divine rule of kings, leads always backward to the omnipotence of a ruling collective.


Fiscally Conservative, Socially… Uh… by BILL READER

Posted in Uncategorized on July 18, 2014 by Political Tragic

No, You Aren’t “Socially Liberal” & other crimes against language.

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Fiscally Conservative, Socially… Uh…



Like every small-L libertarian everywhere, I am perpetually required to explain my beliefs to people who have me confused with one of the wide range of big-L Libertarian ideologies. And it was in one of these endless, unread letters to the internet about the difference between Anarcho-Syndicatilist-Voluntarist-Mocha-Grande-Double-Thunder-Signature-Homestyle-Extra-Crispy Libertarianism and libertarianism as practiced by sane people that I realized the classic representation of a generic libertarian to a person new to the term has changed. Or rather, it should change.

Now, doubtlessly many of you will have been quicker on the uptake on this point, but here is how the average layperson (who even knows what libertarianism is) hears about libertarianism: fiscally conservative, socially liberal. Don’t tell me I’m the only one who’s heard that. Following the new Reason study on millennials, which found a profile somewhat matching that definition, there are…

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