Friday, January 18, 2013

Libertarians are not social Liberals

Anti-nanny state not compatible with modern-day liberalism in any way

Jonah Goldberg, daily column, National Review, "Being “Socially Liberal” is Not Being a Libertarian":
People who say they are socially liberal often call themselves libertarians and many libertarians call themselves socially liberal. But libertarianism and liberalism on social issues are not the same thing.

Your typical liberal Democrat says she’s liberal on social issues but that doesn’t make her in any meaningful way a libertarian. For instance, the vast majority of the libertarians I know hate things like speech codes, smoking bans, racial quotas and the vast swaths of political indoctrination that pass for “education” today. They tend to oppose gun control, think fondly of homeschooling (if not always homeschoolers) and are generally split on the question of abortion. They do not, however, think that the government should be steamrolling religious institutions with ObamaCare or that the government should subsidize birth control. Liberals tend to loathe federalism or states rights (though there’s been some movement there) libertarians usually love the idea. The liberals who don’t like it fear that states or local communities might use their autonomy to live in ways liberals don’t approve of. Libertarians couldn’t care less.
Read the full editorial at the link above.

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