Max Borders at The Freeman has very enlightening piece on why progressive media outlets have gone on the offensive against libertarians.
Let’s get to the heart of the matter: Progressives are afraid. Just when they seized the ring, their power is ebbing. Outlets have to make libertarian voodoo dolls so they act as pricks. But why is libertarianism gaining so much traction? What is the true source of the prog media’s fear?
He lists 10 reasons why progressives fear libertarianism. I wont’ go into all of them, here but suffice to say, they do not bode well for Gov. Martin O’Malley’s nascent presidential campaign.
Borders argues that as more and more Americans have become disaffected with the failed economic policies of President Barack Obama on the left, and continue to distrust the social conservatives on the right, they are moving to a more fiscally conservative, socially liberal and distinctly libertarian vision.
Progressives represent the status quo, Borders writes. “Taxes, subsidies, and mandates. Lather, rinse, repeat. … Progressives don’t want change; they want the same old things that don’t work.”
The libertarian vision of prosperous society is one of lateral relationships and peaceful cooperation among free people, whereas progressive technocrats view society and the economy as machine that needs constant tweaking, by the right people. Borders says that society isn’t a machine, but more like a coral reef that thrives thanks to “billions of interactions, none of which are planned.”
Furthermore, the cracks in progressivism are showing. Obamacare, which should have been the movement’s crowning achievement, has been a dismal failure. Millions of Americans are losing the health insurance President Obama assured them they could keep, and they're encountering less choice, higher premiums and a botched website that cost half a billion dollars.
Then there is the crony capitalism of not only Obamacare, but also Solyndra, and all the taxpayer largesse for one favored industry after the other.
What’s more, Borders says, people are beginning to understand what is happing.
If all that feels like it hits closer to home for Marylanders, that’s because it does:
- Tax and fee hikes totaling $9.5 billion;
- Taxpayer subsidies for favored industries;
- Botched Maryland Health Connection rollout run by contractors who are campaign contributors;
- Ratepayer subsidies for wind farms that may very well benefit the energy company led by the governor's former chief of staff;