Libertarian-Progressive Alliance

A Libertarian-Progressive alliance:

     This article is DEFINITELY WORTH READING\!\!\!\!  
     Thanks for posting it\!  Average American citizens \-\- regardless of labels \-\-  need to band together and attack the special interests that feed on us, "the populace," with the help of Big Government: Big Pharma, Big Banksters, Big AgriBiz, Big Biotech, Big Wars\-R'\-Us \(wars on \[people who use\] drugs, on terrorism, on countries whose dictators aren't supporting Big Government and Big Business anymore\], Big Communications Networks, etc\.

This isn't new.

Brink Lindsay from the Cato institute coined the coalition term
"Liberaltarian" in 2004 which has now been used as an excuse to promote
neo-con nation building in a gentler way (ie aid instead of bombs.) The
problem with neoconservatives is that they are the same as progressives,
anti-free market, anti-free trade, pro-war, pro- racial collectivism, etc.
To think that we are centrists between two evils is to not understand
libertarianism, which is essentially on one side with the two big government
parties on the other side.

Brink later admitted in the reason article debate between him and Matt Kibbe
about the idea of banding with the tea party that banding with progressives
is equally unappeasing, a change from his 2004 ideas.

We should be banding with constitutional conservatives and classic liberals,
let the progressives and neocons get together and do their own thing.

In liberty,

Tom R.

I second the thank you to Michael for posting this article. I am in favor of forging alliances on issues, which is what the Paul/Frank alliance is based on.

Letitia's comment about the big government/big corporation alliance reminded me of a newsletter sent out by Wes Benedict of LP National regarding a libertarian favorite, toll roads, in which he discussed the government/corporation relationship as being too deep for libertarians to trust that the construction of toll roads would not be simply awarded to friendly corporations, thereby having no effect on decreasing the power of government. Wes Benedict's take on the situation struck me as rather frightening -- no way to get rid of the unholy alliance!

Marcy

Tom,

  How would you describe the difference between classical liberal and conservative, on the issues? What about the difference between liberal (modern liberal) and progressive?

Love & Liberty,
                                 ((( starchild )))

Classical Liberal I would consider to be free market economic based minimal
government. FA Hayek being a prime example, still supported a social safety
net.

Constitutional conservative is more legal based in my mind, supports strong
legal framework to keep government and criminals at bay, and perhaps more
traditionalist socially and supports America because it is so awesomely
capitalist.

John Stossel is a classical liberal, the judge napolitano is more
constitutional conservative.

I dont see modern liberal as a relevant term anymore. Progressives simply
move from word to word as they turn it into verbal fodder

-Tom