Jeremy’s Blogiversary Reflection

I once claimed on this blog that “the libertarian moment is here to stay.”  Boy, was I wrong.

The rising arc of a Progressive-Libertarian alliance that Sebastian and I hoped for has been choked and trampled by an emerging culture war between two stripes of authoritarians.  It seems more difficult than ever to articulate a center of shared values.  It seems increasingly unpopular to support an open society in any situation.  All speech is immediately pounced upon as signaling for one horse or the other in a race to the bottom of the Western cultural dustbin.  I reject a choice between Nazis and Maoists.  But let me put this on the record in clear terms:  I would punch neither of them.

More than ever, we as a culture need to focus on critiques of institutions and the powers they hold rather than obsess over political scorekeeping.  Executive overreach has been a problem for a long time, and this blog has been saying so.  We will continue to say so.  More than ever.

— Jeremy

Jeremy’s Highlights:

Sebastian – “The Progressive Case Against Occupational Licensing”

Sebastian lays out in clear terms why libertarians and progressives often find themselves at opposite ends of ideological conflicts concerning regulation – but also why this shouldn’t be the case.  This is our editorial perspective at its best.

Angie – “Orange is the New Black Sheds Light on the Drug War and Imprisoned Women”

OITNB

Angie’s pop-culture expertise combines with her sharp awareness of societal trends in this piece.  Did you know that since the mid-1980s, the number of women incarcerated for nonviolent drug offenses has risen 10-fold?  You should.  Thanks to Angie, now you do.

 

Sebastian – “The War at Home”

This piece is gut-wrenching.  I don’t want to spoil it.  It is poetry, and like all art, it should be experienced rather than explained.  Read it through once first, then click every link that Sebastian diligently assembled.


Personal Best:

Jeremy — “Self-Organization and Politics:  Hayek and “Health” Economics”

Above all, our blog has been about various critiques of power, and attempting to build bridges between them.  This piece tries to erect a bridge between theories of self-organizing phenomena and Friedrich Hayek, of “Road to Serfdom” infamy.  The conclusion is simple:  policy should be oriented towards giving people what they need rather than forcing them to behave in particular ways.  Anything else is doomed to fail.