Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not a good day for RAW's politics

This is not a very political blog. If it's politics you want, you're better off at places like Supergee, whose proprietor was mentioned as a RAW expert by my weekend interview subject, David Hartwell.

But having argued (here and here for example) that RAW was a "liberaltarian," the current term for someone who is basically a libertarian but somewhere to the left of the average Libertarian Party member, I'll note that the liberaltarian movement didn't fare well in Tuesday's national election in the U.S.

Republicans gained control of the House, boding ill for a pro-peace U.S. foreign policy. (Not that Democrats had represented much of a change.) U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold, the only U.S. senator to vote against the Patriot Act, lost his re-election bid. And marijuana is still illegal in California.


supergee said...

Thanks for the plug. Wilson believed that the Left says terrible things about Big Business and the Right says terrible things about Big Government, and both are correct.

quackenbush said...

IIRC, when Wilson got down to a single political label, he would often use Social Libertarian, which sounds a lot like liberaltarian to me....

Certainly when I conceed that govt won't simply go away, then the best govt would be one focused on social causes.

Wilson seemed to favor the political power theories of Chomsky, Fuller, and Oglesby. The point to me is that while there is a left-right power dynamic, it's superficial at best. The deep roots of structural inadequacy run far deeper. It's a game run on power and scarcity, and it bores me.

I'm glad to see so many close races. (I live in Colorado) Let's the two-faced bastards know we don't care all that much for either one.

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