Similar Posts

One Comment

  1. I think it’s more complicated than that. Unfortunately, you can’t ask men in those states why they’re voting for a party or candidates that are provably bad for them, since they KNOW that said candidates are NOT bad for them. But it’s worth pointing out that I believe American politics is currently divided between the Dems, the Republicans, and a small but growing minority of “small-L” libertarians. The Republicans tried to court the libertarians, and for a time accomplished that, but many of the very strongly anti-federalists are starting to see the Republicans as part of the (perceived) problem.

    On the one hand, the libertarians are pretty, well, liberal. Most hold to the idea that you can do whatever you want as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else. (At least, in terms of contract law.) But here’s the rub: The greatest work towards equality and egalitarianism has been done at the federal level, and has had the force of law behind it: Integration of schools, removal of segretation, the enforcement against sunset towns, etc. Libertarians can and do rail against the use of coercive force in law enforcement for many things, and yes, these laws were and are enforced from the end of a gun (though more usually from the bank account.) But that should be an indicator: If these laws were not enforced, we would not have the level of social equality that we have today, such as it is.

    So I don’t think it’s that simple, and getting ‘the other side’ to believe/recognize that they’re wrong is, I’m finding, almost impossible at some point. Some people will just dig in their heels.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *