Libertarians can be exhausting. Because libertarianism has so many attractive features and strong statements about “freedom” and “liberty” they have a lot of perceived political high ground when arguing with them. The problem with libertarianism – as it is with Marxism, capitalism and so many other philosophies – is that it’s entirely theoretical. Trying to construct an actual framework around the concepts they hold dear is like arguing over how Santa Claus fits down the chimney. That said, there’s a lot to like about some of the principles of libertarianism and its acolytes are growing in numbers every day. So let’s have at it. In part one of this two-part series we’ll unpack the origins of the philosophy, its dark beginnings and define several strains of the discipline.
Segment 1: 00:04:41
Segment 2: 00:13:37
Segment 3: 00:23:53
Segment 4: 00:30:27
Show Notes: 00:40:36
Book Love: 00:41:17
Pod Love: 00:41:34
Emails + Shoutouts: 00:45:13
Libertarian Party: Platform
National Archives: Brown v. Board of Education
ThoughtCo: The Declaration of Independence
ThoughtCo: America’s Most Influential Founding Fathers
ThoughtCo: Laissez-faire Versus Government Intervention
ThoughtCo: What Is Free Trade?
ThoughtCo: Atlas Shrugged Quotes
ThoughtCo: History and Principles of the United Nations
Too Good To Go
David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom
Nancy MacLean: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America
Jane Mayer: Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
H. L. Mencken: Notes on Democracy
Thomas Paine: Rights of Man
Straight White American Jesus
Pitchfork Economics: How the Radical Right Weaponized Ideology (with Nancy MacLean)
UNFTR Episode Resources
The Prosperity Doctrine.
Ayn Rand Was a Dick.
Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part I): Financial Fuckery and Tax Evasion.
Corporate (Ir)Responsibility (Part II): Deregulation and Catastrophe.
F*ck Milton Friedman.
Building the Climate Industrial Complex.