Progressives and Libertarians See a Common Enemy

A friend of mine from college is a libertarian in the truest sense. All you have to do is follow his Twitter feed to see that. Nonetheless, there are actually several points where our world views overlap. He wrote a post on his blog about why he thinks his fellow libertarians need to think about things a little differently. One of his points was that his fellow libertarians needed to avoid seeing this current election cycle as a war on socialism. It is really a war on corporate money.

Citizens United, for instance, did not release the reigns on free market capitalism. It put the free market in bondage to corporate powers. Big business now has the power to not only trample over labor and the middle class, but also over the small business entrepreneurs that make up the backbone of a healthy capitalist system. A healthy capitalist economy cannot last if it is ruled by an oligarchy. Without the possibility of upward movement, the middle class disappears. Once the middle class goes away, so does the free market. Who do you think dictates supply and demand?

This is not to say that everyone should be given the same amount of wealth no matter how hard they work. Still, all people should be given the ability to achieve equally. Equality does not guarantee success. Equality merely guarantees an even starting point. After that, you are on your own to make your life what you want it to be.

Success and riches are not in and of themselves a remotely bad thing. In fact, those are things that drive many of us toward healthy and productive lives. However, if we deny those among us that are less fortunate the ability to showcase their individual talents, we are betraying all that has made us great. Think about how many of our greatest Americans were immigrants. Think about how many of them were outsiders. Those are the people we should be lifting up.

Published by Jonathan, on January 24th, 2012 at 8:08 pm. | Tags: , , , , | No Comments

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