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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » libertarianism? yes.

libertarianism? yes.

I guess I’m not so bizarrely misaffiliated as I thought:

Here are the sort of political/economic thinkers whose substantive views I find most congenial: Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman, James M. Buchanan. If I tell most highly-educated people that these are the thinkers whose views of desirable institutions are most like mine, they might infer that I am some kind of rabid libertarian ideologue. But when I actually defend something like the arguments for an economic safety net each of these giants of libertarian thought actually set forth, lots of libertarians accuse me of not really being libertarian at all. And many liberals act surprised, as if I’m being saucily iconoclastic by wandering so far off the reservation. I can tell them that Hayek was actually in favor of a guaranteed minimum income and that Friedman basically invented the idea behind the EITC, but they’ll still think I’m some kind of congenial squish. But what I am is a market liberal just like Hayek, Friedman, and Buchanan — the same intellectual role models who make me a rabid libertarian ideologue. So, which is it?

I’m also pro-union. In a free market, workers can’t be stopped from such activities. On the other hand, companies can’t be forced to accept union-only workers. This just boils down to common sense: the better, smarter workers will be union members and a boon to the company. The key is for the unions to enforce standards that the company/management could care less about, or at least take the load off them. Quid pro Quo, biatches.

Then again, I don’t care about wage gaps or the middle-class: I’m waiting for the financial/societal collapse so I can mock everyones beautiful hypocrisy as it unfolds.

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