The Corner

Liber(al)tarianism & Power

Now, I probably agree with Mike Moynihan that Obama’s newfound support for the Patriot Act is an indictment of some kind of liberaltarianism, but I really liked Tim Cavanaugh’s response in the comments section:

Because you can’t have enough friends, I caution against using the behavior of this or any administration as a test of the strength of liberal or conservative fusion with libertarianism. The continuities in American governance are nearly total. The distinctions between how the parties govern are vanishingly small. A president’s behavior when in power tells you more about power than it does about his or her ideological upbringing.

I’m not sure I agree with it 100%, but I think he’s on to something.

Jonah Goldberg — Jonah Goldberg holds the Asness Chair in Applied Liberty at the American Enterprise Institute and is a senior editor of National Review. His new book, The Suicide of The West, is on sale now.

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