Avedon Carol of The Sideshow directs readers to Joe Vecchio for an explanation of libertarianism. Would she link to Ken Mehlman for an explanation of liberalism? Joe writes, “What we’re witnessing now in this country is a shadow of what went on before the New Deal: in the days before there were child labor laws, minimum wage laws, etc. Did you think liberalism was created out of a vacuum? It was a direct result of the failures of the unregulated market: the reason government had to step in in 1932 is because a few people got together to rig the system for their own benefit, and now that liberalism has been publicly humiliated we’re seeing it happen all over again.”
The gist of what Joe is saying is that social liberalism arose to protect the working class from the menacing onslaught of the wealthy. He doesn’t say how negotiating a contract between a disenfranchised white labour pool and the gov’t's business cronies furthered individual rights. How can liberalism ever be rescued from its “humiliation” when its origins are denied, hijacked by indentured servants of a cruel master they legitimise over and again in those curious aberrations referred to as elections, thereby ensuring the social misery they purport to relieve?
Vecchio continues, “All this is falling on deaf ears, of course. Knowing nothing about history, and less about the true nature of humans (or perhaps understanding it all too well), the Libertarians will never understand how wrong they are. They’re being played for suckers by people who are looking to make a profit at their expense.”
Here’s a little history lesson liberals like Joe never mention:
Katznelson concludes that most government social policies during the 1930s and 1940s were, in effect, part of a vast affirmative action program for whites that left blacks further behind than they had been at the beginning of the period. He makes a chilling case.
Who’s the sucker?