Monday, July 13, 2009

Gandhi, the Daily Kos, and Libertarians

At Delawareliberal (the really old version of the site) they used to have up the following quotation from Gandhi:

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.

Which is intriguing in light of the fact that some diarists at The Daily Kos are now spending almost as much time discussing [debunking, from their perspective] Libertarianism and the idea of a serious Libertarian third party as they spend trashing social conservatism and Sarah Palin: here, here, and here.

As a rough measure it is becoming more and more clear that libertarian ideas--unfettered by the overtly moralistic and often theocratic overtones of the extreme social conservatives--are seen by progressives and liberals to be their major intellectual and political opposition.

Which would be a lot of fun if Libertarians could ever find a way to organize themselves.

Ah, well....


ka1igu1a said...

My response...

Bowly said...

What fools at Kos.

The Citzen's Dilemma post: "The only solution, it seems to me, is for the group to establish firm rules with known consequences. If the group is empowered to enforce cooperation, the equation changes for the individual rational actors--the benefits of betraying the group trust disappear."

Could not have been said better by Chairman Mao himself.

One commenter: "As technology advances, individuals have progressively more power--which makes unchecked power in the hands of individuals progressively more damaging to those who lack it."

Yet they fail to see the problems of putting that same technology into government's hands.

I couldn't read any more. It made me want to scream.