14 August 2010

Back Away From the Label

Rand Paul, asked directly whether he is a libertarian, couldn't bring himself to say a simnple "yes."

Instead, he is a "constitutional conservative," which is different from being a "conservative" without adjective -- and different in a libertarian direction.

David Boaz, who is a libertarian without ifs, ands, or buts, and who might be expected to be ticked off at this, is understanding.

"But if you can call yourself a conservative without necessarily endorsing everything that William F. Buckley Jr. and the Heritage Foundation — or Jerry Falwell and Mike Huckabee — believe, then a politician should be able to be a moderate libertarian or a libertarian-leaning candidate."

I don't know what to think of this, but in the event some of you found it here first: try reading Andrew Sullivan's blog more often.


Henry said...

Rand Paul supports drug prohibition, even for medical marijuana. Google "Rand Paul supports drugs laws" for confirmation.

Christopher said...

Thanks. That explains why he's an uptight ass. He needs to relax, take a toke, and calm down.

Henry said...

I wouldn't assume that there is a correlation between favoring drug prohibition and abstaining from drugs, at least among politicians.

Knowledge is warranted belief -- it is the body of belief that we build up because, while living in this world, we've developed good reasons for believing it. What we know, then, is what works -- and it is, necessarily, what has worked for us, each of us individually, as a first approximation. For my other blog, on the struggles for control in the corporate suites, see www.proxypartisans.blogspot.com.