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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

In Defense of Libertarianism

In Defense of Freedom

The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy

Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote a marvelously cynical manual of eristics called The Art of Always Being Right. The philosopher advised his readers against resort to logic; ad hominem attacks and other plays upon the passions could be much more effective. Put the opponent’s argument in some odious category, he urged.

Conservatives are long accustomed to residing in such a category: as their enemies would have it, conservatism is the ideology of the rich, the racist, and the illiterate. That this caricature bears no resemblance at all to the philosophy and social thought of Edmund Burke or Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver or Robert Nisbet, is irrelevant. The stereotype endures not because it is true but because it is useful.

Sadly, a few conservatives seem to have learned nothing from their experience at the hands of the Left and are no less quick to present an ill-informed and malicious caricature of libertarians than leftists are to give a similarly distorted interpretation of conservatism. Rather than addressing the arguments of libertarians, these polemicists slander their foes as hedonists or Nietzscheans. In fact, there are libertine libertarians, just as there are affluent and bigoted conservatives. But libertinism itself is as distinct from libertarianism as worship of Mammon or hatred of blacks is distinct from conservatism.

Just like the post I made yesterday about the criticisms of Libertarianism, I feel similar about this post. I agree with a lot of what the author is saying, and disagree with other parts. I suppose this is expected since I consider myself somewhere in between a Conservative and a Libertarian. Anyway, great article. I'm starting to like Pat Buchanan's magazine more and more, even though I often disagree with the points presented. It's a great read!


 
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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

In Defense of Libertarianism

In Defense of Freedom

The American Conservative
by Daniel McCarthy

Arthur Schopenhauer once wrote a marvelously cynical manual of eristics called The Art of Always Being Right. The philosopher advised his readers against resort to logic; ad hominem attacks and other plays upon the passions could be much more effective. Put the opponent’s argument in some odious category, he urged.

Conservatives are long accustomed to residing in such a category: as their enemies would have it, conservatism is the ideology of the rich, the racist, and the illiterate. That this caricature bears no resemblance at all to the philosophy and social thought of Edmund Burke or Russell Kirk, Richard Weaver or Robert Nisbet, is irrelevant. The stereotype endures not because it is true but because it is useful.

Sadly, a few conservatives seem to have learned nothing from their experience at the hands of the Left and are no less quick to present an ill-informed and malicious caricature of libertarians than leftists are to give a similarly distorted interpretation of conservatism. Rather than addressing the arguments of libertarians, these polemicists slander their foes as hedonists or Nietzscheans. In fact, there are libertine libertarians, just as there are affluent and bigoted conservatives. But libertinism itself is as distinct from libertarianism as worship of Mammon or hatred of blacks is distinct from conservatism.

Just like the post I made yesterday about the criticisms of Libertarianism, I feel similar about this post. I agree with a lot of what the author is saying, and disagree with other parts. I suppose this is expected since I consider myself somewhere in between a Conservative and a Libertarian. Anyway, great article. I'm starting to like Pat Buchanan's magazine more and more, even though I often disagree with the points presented. It's a great read!