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Saturday, August 3, 2013

The push back against libertarianism coming from the right and left is proof it is threatening the status quo. GOOD.



The specter of libertarianism is haunting America. Advocates of sharply reducing the government’s size, scope and spending are raising big bucks from GOP donors, trying to steal the mantle of populism, being blamed for the demise of Detroit and even getting caught in the middle of a battle for the Republican Party. Yet libertarians are among the most misunderstood forces in today’s politics. Let’s clear up some of the biggest misconceptions.

1. Libertarians are a fringe band of “hippies of the right.”

In 1971, the controversial and influential author Ayn Rand denounced right-wing anarchists as “hippies of the right,” a charge still leveled against libertarians, who push for a minimal state and maximal individual freedom.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-libertarians/2013/08/02/94737b2c-f9f4-11e2-a369-d1954abcb7e3_story.html