Monday, September 03, 2012

From LRC
  • The Guardian has hired Glenn Greenwald away from Salon. This is but a further reflection of what I believe is going on in the world of thought: the synthesizing (and demise) of the “Left” and “Right” and, hopefully, the reunification of classical liberalism (with its distrust of power, opposition to wars and police states, respect for individual liberty and property rights, etc.). Rothbard would have been pleased!! Like one of Joshua’s points, that if the old New Left (Carl Oglesby and the early, clean-cut SDS before society went to hell; by the way, Gene McCarthy wasn’t a bad guy) and the Old Right and rednecks had sat down and talked to each other, it might have prevented the Sixties in this country at least politically. Then again the (shadow) government probably would have assassinated any real threat to the status quo. (Rich kids having a big party, waving Communist flags: not a real threat. Then again they corroded society in the long run. They’re now the mainstream. Bill Ayers didn’t want peace. He wanted the other side to win; a traitor. Now he’s some sort of respected academic.) Rothbard wrongly thought winning the Cold War would bring a fusion of his libertarianism and a Right come to its senses and returning to its roots.
  • Write in Paul (Why not an independent Paul campaign? Broke?), vote for Johnson or stay home. Romney doesn’t care about the babies or the church. Another Rockefeller Republican. I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don’t vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, “If you don’t vote, you have no right to complain,” but where’s the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote — who did not even leave the house on Election Day — am in no way responsible for what these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created.” — George Carlin

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