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Feb. 12th, 2003

12:38 pm - Sex, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll -- Libertarians have more fun

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From:new_iconoclast
Date:February 12th, 2003 01:49 pm (UTC)

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She's a hell of a lot more optimistic about the triumph of free markets than I am. I think we're sliding more each year, in subtle ways. We may have won the Reagan battle but we're losing the Clinton war - and everyone will suffer for it.
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From:crasch
Date:February 12th, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)
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I think you may be too pessimistic. Some things are worse, yes, but some things are better too. We're no longer in active hostilities with the Soviets, and many of their former conquests are now emerging market economies. Our tax rates are high, but lower than they've been at other times this century. The FSP is gaining momentum. People have more liberty to buy porn, live as homosexuals, and do other things that would've got them thrown in jail in decades past. The drug war continues, but I think it's proponents are on the intellectual defensive. (And keep in mind, past generations had their Prohibitions, too). The airline, and telephone industries have been deregulated (albeit imperfectly) as well as much of the energy market. The Cato Insitute, Reason Foundation, Heritage Foundation, American Enterpise Institute and other largely free-market think tanks have had a large and increasing impact on the intellectual climate and respectability of free-market ideas.


So yes, there's a lot of things I'm unhappy about, but there have also been significant victories for liberty. We should not rest on our laurels, but neither should we cry in our beer.

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From:new_iconoclast
Date:February 13th, 2003 06:32 am (UTC)

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Good point. How ironic it would be if the West, having spent its blood and treasure to defeat Communism, were to slide into a stealth-socialism while the East, whose citizens paid the price of Lenin's lust for power, became the bastions of freedom this country was supposed to be.
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