Friday, March 04, 2005

He Sure Don't Sound Like No Libertarian I Ever Met

I found this post at Incoherent Blather both incredibly coherent and well worth reading. I think the contrast between socialism and conservatism(as opposed to liberalism and conservatism) is right-on. I especially like the notion that economic liberalism is a pragmatic program, where conservatism and socialism are both strictly ideological. The older I get, the less attractive I find pure ideology unless it's backed up by some evidence.

Of course, the right in this country has spent years trying to paint "liberal" into the corner actually occupied by socialism, because it makes "debate" easy. But everytime I hear some idiot (like that guy Walden on WBAL who claims he likes to "ponder") claim Barbara Boxer and Nancy Pelosi are "socialists" and "far left", I just want to scream "ARE YOU EFFIN' KIDDING ME? I used to BE a socialist, and neither one of them would be allowed in the door of the club!"

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