Libertarians: Annoying Friends of the Plutocrats
If you occasionally step into the online diarrhea of politics you have run into libertarians. They are busy proselytizing souls to help build the new and improved tomorrow. While the philosophy has different schools the American lot at the moment are all Von Mises Zombies. They are well rehearsed in their arguments and quick to tell everyone they know more about economics than is possible. It’s a set patter and they have it well memorized.
All ideologues are irritating and who enjoys being the heathen someone is trying to convert?
What makes it worse is just how wrong they are.
The philosophy’s tenants are enumerated in a book “The Ethics of Liberty” by Murray Rothbard, (one of the dead Austrian economists). The Austrians were a strange coven who emphasized “praxology” as the best approach to an already “soft science”.
Praxology walks away from including empirical studies and data in the attempt to understand economics and declares deduction the best approach. So make a big pot of coffee and pass the donuts….
The only reason you may have heard of the Austrian school of economics would be their popularity with our libertarian friends. They are not mainstream and not likely to ever be. They didn’t just study economics they were activists and proponents of the “new morality” they had “discovered”.
Economics as a whole is a “soft science”. Experiments cannot be performed, repeated by others looking for the same result. Economists cannot make predictions that come true and reputable ones won’t tell you they can. Most economists are employed by governments, large corporations or universities. Some of the university types may not be whores but there appears to be major snake oil being peddled in the entire field so when a group decides they don’t even need raw data and facts… When the economy crashed in 2008 “free market” economics was in vogue. Overnight Neo-Keynesian economics became the recommendation even from conservative economists.
Meanwhile back at the ranch…
Ronald Reagan started the American backlash against government, not against government policies, AGAINST GOVERNMENT. “Government is the problem “ he said. The union busting of the Air Traffic controllers was his first act in office and policy moved in a “free market” trickle down/supply side, deregulate direction. It was meant to benefit all of us. Instead things started eroding. Reagan also took the solar panels (symbolically) off the White House.
What does this have to do with libertarianism? Where did Reagan’s policies originate? And who is John Galt? Stay tuned for part 2. I have a lot more to say on the subject.
Libertopia is a far off future. It is more instructive to know what policies they support in the here and now and who they are.
Charles and David Koch are the two most powerful plutocrat libertarians in America. They founded the Cato Institute (originally called The Charles Koch Foundation). They have recently reasserted control through a law suit/purge.
In 1980 David Koch ran as the vice presidential nominee on the Libertarian ticket. Please read the platform he supported: