Various Lies From The Libertarian Cato Institute

Like communism, libertarianism has a certain theoretical appeal that breaks down instantly upon contact with human history and human beings.

Therefore, professional libertarians need to lie a lot about history and current events.

Here are a few examples.

ADDED: John Cole decided to go on a terrific rant today about libertarians.  The whole thing is worth reading; here’s a taste:

The reason no one takes most libertarians seriously is because they keep voting for people who do a great job securing economic “liberty,” which basically just means they do a great job stripping necessary regulations and cutting taxes for the Koch brothers, but they do a horrible job reversing any of the negative civil liberties trends. … So yeah, Ronald Bailey writes a piece every now and then about global warming, and someone at Reason can wax eloquent about prison rape, but so what? …

You’re free from job security, you’re free from a pension, you’re free from medical care, you’re free of clean water, and you’re free from good roads and solid infrastructure. Freedom, it’s on the rise everywhere!

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10 Responses to Various Lies From The Libertarian Cato Institute

  1. dedc79 says:

    The only nice thing I can say about Cato is that they have a nice looking building on Mass Ave. I’m pretty tired of the media treating them like some kind of impartial arbiter. They have a radical agenda.

    • Anonymous says:

      Agreed, it’s a very pretty building.

      Also, I’m under the impression that they’ve done some ok foreign policy work, and they do have Radley Balko, who does very solid nuts and bolts civil liberties reporting. I don’t mean to say that they’re 100% bunk. Maybe it’s even less than 80 percent.

      But their role in politics was ably summed up by jfxgillis in the Balloon Juice thread I just added: “when libertarians matter they suck, and when they don’t suck they don’t matter.”

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  6. “The reason no one takes most libertarians seriously is because they keep voting for people who do a great job securing economic ‘liberty,'”

    LOL. Most libertarians either don;t vote, or vote for third-party candidates.

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