14 June 2013

Progressives are the helicopter parents of society at large

The question libertarians just can’t answer, according to Michael Lind over at Slate, is "why are there no libertarian countries?"

Over at NRO, Jonah Goldberg replies, in part (read the whole thing):
Ideals are called ideals for a reason: They’re ideals. They’re goals, aspirations, abstract straight rules we use as measuring sticks against the crooked timber of humanity.
In the old Soviet Union, Mao’s China, Pol Pot’s Cambodia, and today’s North Korea, they tried to move toward the ideal Communist system. Combined, they killed about 100 million of their own people. That’s a hefty moral distinction right there: When freedom-lovers move society toward their ideal, mistakes may be made, but people tend to flourish. When the hard Left is given free rein, millions are murdered and enslaved. Which ideal would you like to move toward?
Lind thinks he has laid the trump card when he says:

"Communism was tried and failed. Libertarianism has never even been tried."

In response to a similar crtitique of Christianity, Chesterton once pointed out that "the Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried."

Liberals are the would-be helicopter parents of society at large: "There's a problem? Don't worry, we'll fix it!"

The libertarian ideal is mainly the belief that we are, or can be, adults. All of us.

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