The Daily Kos describes Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) as a “selective libertarian.” Chris Christie warns his party against “libertarian populism.” Jeremiah wonders, what is this “L” word that has riled up a leftie blog and a Republican governor? It must be good, if critics are saddling it with descriptions like these – selective, populist, phony. The first thing you learn, when reading the news, is to question the adjectives.
The idea is clever political gamesmanship that enables the libertarians to walk on both sides of the fence at once.
Not to be outdone, The Huffington Post adds “extremist” and – their vilest insult – “tea party.” The proximate cause of all this attention is the debate over government surveillance. Jeremiah has previously anatomized the anti-privacy establishment. It’s funny to see pundits on both sides warning against the libertarians.
Pundit Sanghoee’s remark, above, echoes the complaint of Jon Huntsman (R-UT) who said that Ron Paul “appeals to the extremes of both parties.” You can see how this reveals a red versus blue mentality. The privacy debate has people standing on principle – thinking for themselves, without party whips and talking points. Clearly, a dangerous trend.
See also: Free Minds and Free Markets