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Libertarians vs. Corporatism [Updated]

Update: Matt Yglesias has a reponse essay at Cato Unbound linked in the sidebar. Better yet is a response to the response at Will Wilkinson’s blog. Reading the comments is pretty worthwhile, too.

Roderick Long (about whom I know nothing other than that he is “a left-libertarian market anarchist in social theory” as described on his about page) writes in Cato Unbound about how the Big Business Right is all about state protection of corporations as opposed to a free market, and how libertarians who yoke themselves into coalition with right wing statists betray their own principles.

Defenders of the free market are often accused of being apologists for big business and shills for the corporate elite. Is this a fair charge?

No and yes. Emphatically no—because corporate power and the free market are actually antithetical; genuine competition is big business’s worst nightmare. But also, in all too many cases, yes —because although liberty and plutocracy cannot coexist, simultaneous advocacy of both is all too possible.

Followed by a litany of how state power protects big business: favorable tax rates, regulatory barriers to entry by competitors, subsidy of transportation costs, and so forth.

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Musings on the Election: Followup

Clearly, I’m not the only one who thinks that the GOP needs to reorient toward the libertarian faction and away from the social con/religious right faction.

freecolorado.com: How the Republican Party Can Create a New Winning Coalition

1. Religious Freedom. The religious right has held the reins of the Republican Party for far too long — and has driven it straight over a cliff. A fertilized egg is not a person. A woman has a right to get an abortion. Homosexuals deserve equal rights. The government should not subsidize religious institutions, fund religious education, or censor Biblically-incorrect expression.

At the same time, people have the right to worship as they see fit — so long as they respect the rights of others — or not to worship at all. People have the right to teach their children their values, whether at home or at privately funded religious schools. Religion must stay out of politics, and the state must stay out of religion.

Religious voters can remain a part of a winning GOP coalition, so long as their goal is to keep politics out of religion, not inject religion into politics. Abortion bans and fear mongering about homosexuals can no longer be the litmus tests of primaries. Republican candidates must clearly endorse the separation of church and state, a separation necessary for the protection of both church and state.

As for those who insist on imposing God’s alleged will on the rest of us, let them join their compatriots on the left — as many are already doing. They can only corrupt and impede a new liberty coalition.

Volokh Conspiracy: Return of the Conservative-Libertarian Coalition?

transterrestrial.com: A New Libertarian-Conservative Coalition?

I’m sure that more than ten minutes’ surfing would turn up a lot more such articles.

Let’s hope that the Republicans can finally turn away from legislating morality. Not only does it not work, it often provokes the very behavior it tries to quash.