The liberty scam

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June 20, 2011
by Stephen Metcalf  
Posted in Commentary, PND Commentary

"Every thinking person is to some degree a libertarian, and it is this part of all of us that is bullied or manipulated when liberty is invoked to silence our doubts about the free market. The ploy is to take libertarianism as Orwell meant it and confuse it with libertarianism as Hayek meant it; to take a faith in the individual as an irreducible unit of moral worth, and turn it into a weapon in favor of predation." [editor's note: Metcalf starts by ignoring a good 20 years of history to put Nozick at the "beginning" of the modern libertarian movement; it only goes downhill from there - TLK] (06/20/11)  

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