Sunday, February 07, 2010

Libertarian Progressivism (or Liberalism)

Zorn reflecting on Jacob Weisberg's Down With the People Blame the childish, ignorant American public—not politicians—for our political and economic crisis.

Voters look contradictory only when seen through the prism of unreconstructed 1930's Social Democracy. What voter contradictions tell me is voters want Progressive's goals with Libertarian solutions.

Last thing American voters want are Government Health Exchanges with Expert Panels doling out insurance by their panel's rules. Voters want affordable coverage available in ways that maximize choice and individual preferences.

It's a Politician's job to solve problems creatively. Not reach back to solutions from the 19th century and then blame the voters when it all crashes.

Liberalism's gotta retool itself for a global and diverse America where one-size-for-all-dictated-by-expert-panels solutions don't fit.

Footnote: from Tim Cavanaugh reply: Weisberg: God Bless America? No, God Damn America!
Weisberg is not just wrong in his parsing of American disenchantment. He's wrong to think it's a tragedy. Increasing numbers of Americans in the vast lands to be found outside the D.C. Beltway (join us, Jacob, the water's fine!) understand that government delivers far too little at far too high a price. (Libertarians would take that realization much further, but we are banned from Weisberg's empire of the mind.) Skepticism about authority, expectation of better performance, and a determination to get more for your dollar are not problems that need to be solved. They're bedrock American ideals. Maybe Weisberg believes our population needs to be replaced, but does he really want to do away with the handful of concepts that still make this country borderline-livable?

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