Just what libertarian policies are Democrats newly advocating?
Josh mentions gun rights, but in districts where it helps them, Democrats have been doing the "I own a gun, too" schtick, complete with photo-op, for years already.
Democrats (except for mayor Nichols) were already libertarian on moral issues. If they want to recruit more of "rugged-individualist" libertarian-types that roam the Southwest, Democrats will need to become more libertarian on economic issues. Like maybe firing lots of government workers and slashing entitlement programs. There was some movement in that direction under Clinton, but I certainly haven't seen any recently.
I think it's more a matter of "framing" (Ugggghhh) some of the D social issues in a Libertarian light: Government can't tell me me who I can and cannot marry etc...
Ceratinly you're right, they've been trying that for a while, but they've been trying it without having the legitimacy of a Libertarian base behind them. This new wave may finally add some legitimacy to the speaking points. In other words, you've gotta represent people before you can speak for them.
TNR used to be insightful, until about ten years ago when they sold their soul.
Since then, they're just a bunch of beltway insider wannabe writers with no good ideas.
Let's get real, we Dems aren't libertarians. Sure, we think government has no business in your bedroom and that intrusive spying is bad, but that's just respecting the Constitution and being patriots.
oh, and David, it's not a schtick. Dems own guns, we just don't think you should be encouraging people to carry around fully automatic assault weapons when all you need to kill an elk is a decent hunting rifle. Or a shotgun for home defense (bonus - you can bash someone on the head with it or scare them silly if need be - ever looked down the bore of one?).
Ironically, it's your pereception of TNR that's out of date. Yes, they took a dive somewhere in the late 80s ... (had a vague resurrection during the Baltic wars), but still, weren't onto much of anything throughout the 90s.
However, pick it up again. Iconoclastic. Well-written. Provocative. Smart.
I agree: TNR is the best. They very often have multiple, conflicting perspectives, too, which is both useful for understanding the arguments, and rare in this age of polemical opinion-ghettos.
Non-retarded cultural criticism, too.
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