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The Illiberal Left
March 11, 2012, 6:54 pm
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Yggie puts on a quasi-libertarian hat:

Without being by any means a libertarian, I do think that people of a left-wing orientation sometimes give short shrift to the non-pecuniary aspects of economic freedom. Whether or not you buy that barber licensing rules are a big deal economically, the specter of the government throwing a person in jail for participating in an exchange of haircuts for money between consenting adults should bother liberally inclined people

It should, and does. It’s just that ‘people of a left-wing orientation’, such as Matthew Yglesias, tend not to be very liberal people. In fact, this appears to be one of those rare issues on which Matthew Yglesias is just about as liberal as my conservative/libertarian/reactionary self. But for the most part, the left is only liberal when it comes to people ingesting recreational chemicals or rubbing genitals against one another. And sometimes, not even then.

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At best the left gets partial credit for the War On Drugs. Many leftists personally oppose it, but their elected politicians are just as guilty as the other team. Even admitted coke and pot user Obama has actively worked to expand it.

I guess politicians just can’t resist either the evil (the WoD has provided the pretext to completely neuter any constitutional constraints on government action) or the pork (the WoD employs many public sector union members, funded by the politically untouchable “police” budget).

But yes, as long as your notion of liberty starts and ends with sexual license, you’ll find the left to be reliable libertarian allies.

Comment by SkepticalCynical

“the specter of the government throwing a person in jail for participating in an exchange of haircuts for money between consenting adults should bother liberally inclined people”

English is obviously not his first language.

Comment by Anon.




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