Mr. Long seems like a nice and friendly chap but I found his video a bit of a drag after 9 minutes. After 12 minutes and 4 seconds (the half way mark) I pressed the stop button.
Well, then you missed the best part, where he suggested libertarians eat Romney voters in order to prove their opposition to conservatism!
Semantics are critical in these discussions. I recently stopped calling myself a "libertarian" because I realized that many people who call themselves "libertarians" are actually fascists, and I don't want to be associated with them anymore.
One of the biggest problems I've found in reaching out to "liberals" (a dysfunctionally broad term) is that many of them are highly conditioned to think that good things can be achieved within government, even if they are socially, economicall or politically radical. Many have sufficiently radical views, yet do not see the connection between the current established power structure and the perpetual continuance of the status quo that they oppose so much.
I'm an anarchist mutualist who would choose to live in a voluntary collective, within a larger freed market, trading with free individuals, families and other collectives. Fight the power!
A pity, especially on the former; it wasn't always this way. I read stuff from the American libertarian movement in earlier times (heck, even just ten years ago) and wonder what has happened.
Indeed, a real pity. I would probably be a self-employed vagabond, going from place to place doing odd jobs. I'm an individualist through and through.
Free market think tanks happened, with heavy business sponsorship.
My recent post “Freedom from arbitrary authority is a consumer good”
I certainly would agree that think tanks played a role in the damage, but it took longer for the grassroots to weaken. It comes down to two things:
-Rich men bearing gifts, combined with a less-than-critical attitude towards the wealthy
-Not severing connections with the right, or even intensifying them
I think, in recent years, these think tanks have exerted more influence on the grassroots than in earlier times. There used to be more of a separation from formal institutions and the movement as such. How this got eroded might be worth looking at.
One of the first things that left libertarians of all stripes can do to appeal to more mainstream folks is to stop employing language that suggests anyone in the out-group (e.g. anyone who is not a libertarian or left-libertarian) is against 'liberty" or needs to be taught about "liberty" . In general I like the left libertarian project but it comes off really condescending…..
I agree with this. It is condescending. I also don't like the religious tone it can take; no one likes a preacher.
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