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Hm, I don't know where I got this kos for Reagan thing -- maybe he voted for Bush, or supported Reagan. My bad. But his declaration of being a libertarian is much more recent.

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 10:17:28 AM EST
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The American Prospect: The Soldier in Me
I was also a Republican. As a 17-year-old precinct captain in 1988, not even old enough to vote, I helped deliver one of the district's best precinct performances for Henry Hyde. I had a framed picture of me with George H. W. Bush.

Of course, that was a different time, a different Republican Party. And I was a different kind of Republican -- always socially liberal, committed to fiscal sanity, and willing to pay more than lip service to the concept of national service. Talk was cheap. I was going to wear combat boots.

Cato Unbound: The Case for the Libertarian Democrat

It was my fealty to the notion of personal liberty that made me a Republican when I came of age in the 1980s. It is my continued fealty to personal liberty that makes me a Democrat today.

The case against the libertarian Republican is so easy to make that I almost feel compelled to stipulate it and move on. It is the case for the libertarian Democrat that has created much discussion and not a small amount of controversy when I first introduced the notion in what was, in reality, a throwaway blog post on Daily Kos on a slow news day in early June 2006.

But that post--as coarse, raw, and incomplete as it was--touched a surprising nerve. It generated the predictable criticism from libertarian circles (Reason and several Cato scholars piled on) as well as from conservatives who perhaps recognized their own slipping grasp of libertarian principles but were unwilling to cede any ground to a liberal. But more surprising (and unexpected) to me was the positive reaction: there's a whole swath of Americans who are uncomfortable with Republican/conservative efforts to erode our civil liberties while intruding into our bedrooms and churches; they don't like unaccountable corporations invading their privacy, holding undue control over their economic fortunes, and despoiling our natural surroundings; yet they also don't appreciate the nanny state, the over-regulation of small businesses, the knee-jerk distrust of the free market, or the meddlesome intrusions into mundane personal matters.

I agree with Kos on a lot of the stuff that he wrote in his initial The Libertarian Dem blog post, but he hasn't worked out the subtleties and difficulties of a positive definition of freedom with any kind of rigour.

But Kos has written reams of stuff, even about himself, and lately he has more often been getting his economic populist on. See e.g. the No Clue What They're Doing post.

by nanne (zwaerdenmaecker@gmail.com) on Thu Dec 4th, 2008 at 11:20:48 AM EST
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