by Brad Nelson 3/5/14
Michael Tanner over at National Review Online is once again showing the fecklessness of libertarianism in his article, Why the Tea Party’s Waning, Not Winning. He says the problem with the Tea Party is that they’re starting to focus on “social issues.”
It is certainly true that the Tea Party started out as a response to the bail-out, the debt, and the profligate spending (by both parties). But side from the corruption of crony capitalism (which is a big factor), the reason those costs are there in the first place are due to someone else’s “social issues.”
I think Tanner once again shows the fecklessness of libertarianism as a political or social force. So-called “social issues” are part and parcel of politics and especially in regards to what ails us at the moment. My precise encapsulation of the issue which I posted over there was:
Michael, everything on the Left is a “social issue.” To not respond in kind, if only to refute them, is to be politically impotent.
And a brilliant fellow named Mickey_Rat said:
There is not a clear divide between social issues and economic and big government issues.
As others have pointed out, immigration is an economic issue, and a rule of law one. Executive decisions made under the auspices of Obamacare are mandating people to be involved in issues surrounding abortion. Homosexual marriage supporters are now demanding the ability to micromanage businesses who would publicly not accept such ceremonies as something they would support.
The “libertarians” desire for a separation between economic and social issues comes from a lack of desire to actively go against the pro-abortion rights lobby and homosexual culture. They are fair-weather friends who will sell out liberty in general, for the sake of one or two social issues.
Or, as Publius Scipio put it:
A Cato shill denouncing the Tea Party as “not libertarian enough”. Surprise! I have yet to have gone to any tea party rally and hear any talk of the issues you mention. The ones you do mention are exceptions, and not the rule. Oh, and guess what genius: IMMIGRATION REFORM IS A FISCAL ISSUE!! You don’t think our expanded entitlement economy isn’t tied into “Taxed Enough Already”?? One wonders if Mr. Tanner has ever wandered out of his ivory tower to a Tea Party rally, or even spoken with any organizers.
Truth be told, the negative polling you see towards the Tea Party is due to a nearly five year campaign by our fifth estate (also known as the “lapdog media”) to smear them as racists (the phantom spitting of Emmanuel Cleaver), bigoted (yelling racial slurs at Congressmen), extremists, with a few unqualified ephithets thrown in “teahadist”, “tea-bagger”, etc.
It appears now the Cato institute is joining ranks with the mainstream media to continue the smear campaign.
Bon fait, Michael Tanner!
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