Saturday, March 5, 2011

News on the liberaltarian front

At various times in his life and in various places, Robert Anton Wilson sounds like an anarchist, a libertarian or a conventional Democratic Party liberal. His interests and his emphasis evidently shifted, and it would be misleading to describe him as someone who had fixed, unalterable positions throughout his long life. ("Left and Right: A Non-Euclidian Perspective" is an interesting essay on his political thought at one point.) With those disclaimers in mind, I have argued that the liberaltarian movement comes closest to closest to resembling Wilson's interests in combining liberty, a viable social welfare system, and peace. Liberaltarianism remains pretty much invisible the mainstream media, but it has been growing and taking shape as an Internet movement.

The latest example is Bleeding Heart Libertarians, a new group blog from six academics, which explores issues and definitions in the movement. If you are interested in this sort of thing, see also Will Wilkinson's blog.

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