Saturday, July 5, 2014

QOTD - Libertarians

Actually it's not the Libertarians I'm quoting here but rather a couple of hard-line statists:
Reasonable people debate how best to regulate or how government can most effectively do its work -- not whether to regulate at all or whether government should even exist.                                          Nick Hanauer & Nick Liu
"Reasonable people" of course believe in governmental infallibility sort of like Catholics have a doctrine of papal infallibility. Those in the know know that the pope is only considered infallible when he speaks ex cathedra, or as the voice of the church, which he does on occasion. The rest of the time he's a priest like all the others, with a fancy hat who can make mistakes just like everybody else.

The article is a fine example of the reducto ad absurdum argument in that it takes the Libertarin viewpoint about the competence of government to perform any task at all and runs to the assumption that a real Libertarian is no different from an anarchist.

Remember that the only thing standing between us and efficient government is cantankerous citizens. Just try not to think about how many of them will need liquidation to get there from here.

11 comments:

The Troll said...

"a couple of hard-line statists"

Another one of your blog posts that is nothing more than a Two Minutes Hate. Big Brother must be proud of you.

Nick Hanauer is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and was the first non-family investor in Amazon.com. Although he has made billions of dollars starting, running, and selling businesses, he must not know as much about economics as you do.

Hanauer is what you Republicans call a "job creator", except that he has debunked your right-wing propaganda that rich people create jobs, in "Raise Taxes on Rich to Reward True Job Creators" (11/30/11) and his famous 2012 TED talk.


"Libertarians Are The New Communists" was published 10 months ago on 9/5/13. It wasn't until Instapundit linked to it last week on 6/30/14 that you -- like the well-trained barking seal you are -- joined in the mindless herd of calling Hanauer a "statist".

Cargosquid said...

Notice....nothing the Troll wrote disputed the fact that Nick Hanauer is a statist.

Businessmen LOVE the government.

Billll said...

To some people there is no difference between Mercantilism and Capitalism. After all, the businesses front men do not directly draw a government paycheck.

The Troll said...

Nothing Billll wrote demonstrates that Hanauer is a statist. This blog post was simply a right-wing knee-jerk reaction when he was told to bark on command.

I'm sure that you know things about business and capitalism that Nick needs to hear.

Pop quiz: Who do you think will be invited to Galt's Gulch? You or Nick Hanauer?

Anonymous said...

"Nothing Billll wrote demonstrates that Hanauer is a statist."
Um, didn't have to "write" it.
Simply quote it.
English comprehension and all that.
What is the accepted time line in exposing "old" stuff deemed idiocy. I see "some" folks citing
Bush, Reagan, "antics" ALL THE TIME. (Well, Wilson/Cleveland too, in "certain" circles.)

The Troll said...

"Reasonable people debate how best to regulate or how government can most effectively do its work -- not whether to regulate at all or whether government should even exist."

What in that quote indicates that Messrs. Hanauer and Liu are "hard line statists", as Billll claims?

Cargosquid said...

The quote is his assumption that reasonable people DO NOT debate "whether to regulate at all or whether government should even exist."

Government regulation is not necessary for all things and can be harmful.

Hanauer is assuming that all gov't regulation is positive. His statement that it is unreasonable to assume that debating this is the proof of his statism.

The Troll said...

So he's not an anarchist, and believes that "reasonable people" don't advocate anarchy. That's hardly the trademark of a "hard line statist" -- except to anarchists. And Billll.

dusty said...

When the lawyers trained us, they taught us:
About 5 lighters per year explode. Sometimes when being used to light a cigarette, sometimes in a pocket. Some of those explosions burn somebody. America is not going to crack down on lighters, because 5 per year is "de minimus non curat lex" [the law does not concern itself with trifles].

A few toddlers drown each year in 5 gallon buckets, usually left outside in the rain. Many buckets have a printed warning, but it is not required. The danger from 5 gallon buckets isn't something the government can fix.

Billll said...

Billll is a hard line moderate. Just ask him.

The Troll said...

"Billll is a hard line moderate. Just ask him."

So you're a glibertarian.

Like gliberals Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher, you desire to be taken seriously, but when called out, play the part of the jester.

The difference is that they do it so much better. And unlike you, but like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros, they will also be dining with John Galt in the Gulch when the world goes to shit.