Monday, June 18, 2012
Libertarians and the security state
Conor Friedersdorf and I couldn't find that much to disagree about in my first ever Bloggingheads diavlog. But we did manage to get some debate going when it came to libertarians and politics.
Basically, my argument was that, by vastly overemphasizing taxes and regulation as threats to liberty, the american libertarian movement allied itself politically with the conservative movement; the conservatives then created the Security State, which is now by far the greatest threat to liberty in America. Thus, libertarians ended up working against liberty.
Conor's points are that A) Obama has mostly maintained the Security State (true), and B) the actual Libertarian Party is not allied with conservatives (a bit beside the point).
Anyway, we mostly agreed on everything, including higher education.