Thursday, March 10, 2011

Potty Animal: What Rand Paul Teaches about the Libertarian Message

Mucking around in Rand Paul's effusion of intestinal plenitude, I just discovered I didn't know before about how libertarians deal with the issue of free trade.  It's a  problem for any libertarian who wants to get votes because free trade is (a) a keystone of the libertarian mantra; and (b) horrendously unpopular with voters, perhaps particularly the voters to whom folks like Paul want most to appeal.

But here's the key: you blame it on the environmentalists.  Or more abstractly, the rule-makers, what George Wallace used to call the pointy-headed bureaucrats who kick back in Washington over their chardonnay to think of new ways to make life difficult for honest working folk.  It's their fault that we can't make good honest American crap products any more and so have to buy from the cheap foreign competition. It's a floor wax and a dessert topping: a world where you can be for trade and against it, for competition and against it, all in the same breath. The new meaning of "freedom." 

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