Magazine article The American Conservative

The Libertarian's Vision

Magazine article The American Conservative

The Libertarian's Vision

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Contrary to the editors of The American Conservative ["Libertarianism's Limits," Jan./Feb. 2014], Ron Paul-style libertarianism's inability to provide an "integrated vision for the country as a whole" is a strength, not a weakness. The problems facing America today--from our hyper-interventionist foreign policy to our national debt--are rooted in the failed project of conservatism (both traditional and neo) and liberalism to govern America via an "integrated vision" that meets "the needs of most Americans."

In contrast, Ron Paul-style libertarianism, guided by the insights of Ludwig von Mises and other Austrian economists, recognizes that any attempt to impose an integrated vision of government is doomed to failure. Liberty, peace, and prosperity can only be assured when the people are protected from the central planners, democracy crusaders, do-gooders, and moral scolds of both left and right.

This is not to suggest that the liberty movement cannot benefit from serious analysis and criticism. In fact, every liberty activist could benefit from reading "Higher Culture, Better Politics" [Mar. …

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