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Cato's David Boaz and Libertarian Intellectualism

"Conservatives have been very critical of the Golden Globe-winning film 'Avatar' for its mystical melange of trite leftist themes. But what they have missed is that the essential conflict in the story is a battle over property rights."- Libertarian David Boaz
(Read entire Los Angeles Times Article: The right has 'Avatar' wrong)

Is it possible that David Boaz, executive vice president of the Cato Institute, was extremely moved by 'Avatar' and found himself stretching for an intellectual reason to justify his appreciation of the film? Because Na'vi "property rights" is quite a stretch.

David even admits in his article that in the context of Na'vi society one could only think of "property rights" in a collectivist sense. It's pretty sad when a libertarian writer has to resort to collectivist thinking to make a point, wouldn't you say?

David knows 'Avatar' has nothing to do with property rights as the term is commo…

New Government For Haiti?

1.0 The sole purpose of the Government of Haiti is to attempt to restore justice and peace when there has been any initiation of force, threat of force, theft, fraud, or breach of contract. The government exists solely to guard against the potential negative aspects of unrestrained anarchy.

1.1 The Government of Haiti shall refrain from exercising any function which does not unambiguously serve Section 1.0. The government does not exist to provide well-being, but only to attempt to assure the necessary conditions for people to pursue their own well being. There shall be no exceptions.

1.2 The Government of Haiti shall not establish any official state religion or philosophy, but shall recognize there is deep within each individual an innate force for good, therefore all individuals must remain free to live as they choose, and make contractual agreements as they choose provided they do not initiate force, threat of force, theft, fraud, or breach of contract.

The above is quoted from the n…

Libertarianism Coming On Strong?

"Americans are increasingly opposed to activist government programs. The most significant social movement of 2009, the Tea Party protests, grew out of that opposition. Libertarian heroine Ayn Rand is as popular today as ever. Rand's brilliant and radical laissez faire novel "Atlas Shrugged," sold roughly 300,000 copies last year, according to BookScan, twice its sales in 2008 and roughly triple annual sales in recent decades." - Conservative Libertarianism's Comebackby David Paul Kuhn

The above article would have us believe that a growing resurgence in libertarian sentiment is a "backlash" reaction to the Democratic Party's move into full-fledged fascism. Certainly there is some truth to this, but it cannot be the whole story.

Franklin Roosevelt's fascism was far more inclusive. FDR's brain trust had almost to a man visited Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union and liked what they saw. In the Roosevelt Administration there was a long stand…

Is Ron Paul a modern John Adams Republican?

He's not handsome or charismatic, and his voice is annoying as hell . But he has followed the right approach for a libertarian in politics ... and his approach is paying off.

"For three decades, Texas congressman and former presidential candidate Ron Paul's extreme brand of libertarian economics consigned him to the far fringes even among conservatives.

"No longer. With the economy still struggling and political divisions deepening, Paul's ideas not only are gaining a wider audience but also are helping to shape a potentially historic battle over economic policy -- a struggle that will affect everything including jobs, growth and the nation's place in the global economy." -Los Angeles Times
(To read entire article click: Ron Paul's Ideas No Longer Fringe)

Yes, Ron Paul once ran as a candidate for the Libertarian Party. But it did not take him long to realize that working through the LP is not the way to have any meaningful influence in American politics.