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Forum Post: Libertarianism: The True History

Posted 7 months ago on Sept. 9, 2013, 11:41 a.m. EST by shooz (26709)
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"Every couple of years, mainstream media hacks pretend to have just discovered libertarianism as some sort of radical, new and dynamic force in American politics. It’s a rehash that goes back decades, and hacks love it because it’s easy to write, and because it’s such a non-threatening “radical” politics (unlike radical left politics, which threatens the rich). The latest version involves a summer-long pundit debate in the pages of the New York Times, Reason magazine and elsewhere over so-called “libertarian populism.” It doesn’t really matter whose arguments prevail, so long as no one questions where libertarianism came from or why we’re defining libertarianism as anything but a big business public relations campaign, the winner in this debate is Libertarianism. "

http://www.alternet.org/visions/true-history-libertarianism-america-phony-ideology-promote-corporate-agenda

It's got nothing to do with the French Revolution.

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[-] 2 points by GirlFriday (21783) 7 months ago

The purpose of the FEE — and libertarianism, as it was originally created — was to supplement big business lobbying with a pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-economics rationale to back up its policy and legislative attacks on labor and government regulations.


How cool is it that the resident Libertopians want to drive this down?

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (33128) from Coon Rapids, MN 7 months ago

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True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology 2 Promote a Corporate Agenda | Alternet http://www.alternet.org/visions/true-history-libertarianism-america-phony-ideology-promote-corporate-agenda

The more U know

[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (21783) 7 months ago

Don't leave out Slate.

This is why I hate the commentary on the commentary. That's what they have spent all summer doing. Here is an article and here is a response and I will argue the response to the original article but accept the original article as fact. I am disgusted.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26709) 7 months ago

Driving down the truth about libe(R)tarians is a way of life around here.

The level of denial about their aims, deeds and tie ins to entities like ALEC and the SPN has become legend.

It spits too hard in the face of their duopoly paradigm, for them to accept..

[-] 0 points by TropicalDepression (-45) 7 months ago

I have no idea why you spend so much time on an occupy site.

And once again you need to take everyone and group them all into a well defined label.

How typical.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26709) 7 months ago

Denial and lies are all you've ever had.

How typical that your comment is once again in denial, and fact and reason free.

Indeed it further demonstrates your abject FEAR of reality.

With of course the added attempt at insult.

Wasn't it YOU who labeled the 99% as asses?

Yes it was.

[-] 1 points by silverfang77 (17) 7 months ago

What's needed is true populism, where regular everyday people are in control of their government.

[-] 1 points by shooz (26709) 7 months ago

The efficacy of that would directly depend on what libe(R)tarian corporate entities are in control of what is being marketed to that "regular everyday" public.

Those libe(R)tarians described in the article, believe themselves to be the "true populism".