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Monday, May 30, 2005

Don't call me a Libertarian Anymore

Unbeknownst to me - until recently - the head of the libertarian party had this weak response to the attacks of 9/11/2001.

I might be a neo-libertarian:

When given a set of policy choices:

  • The choice that maximizes personal liberty is the best choice.
  • The policy choice that offers the least amount of necessary government intervention or regulation is the best choice.
  • The policy choice that provides rational, market-based incentives is the best choice.

In foreign policy, neolibertartianism would be characterized by:

  • A policy of diplomacy that promotes consensual government and human rights and opposes dictatorship.
  • A policy of using US military force solely at the discretion of the US, but only in circumstances where American interests are directly affected.

I just don't really like the name. It sounds too similar to neo-nazism, neo-facism, or neo-conservatism, and still has the root "libertarian" which I have now denounced. We gotta come up with something different. How about "promethean" in honor of the Greek God Prometheus who brought fire to first Human Beings to help them survive:

Prometheus had stolen fire from Zeus and given it to the mortals in their dark caves. The gift of divine fire unleashed a flood of inventiveness, productivity and, most of all, respect for the immortal gods in the rapidly developing mortals. Within no time (by immortal standards), culture, art, and literacy permeated the land around Olympus.

This is similar to advocating free markets and rugged individualism at home, and promoting military intervention abroad where "the fire" (i.e. democracy, capitalism) is being denied.

If not as the political philosophy, how about as a political party to represent the views - "Promethean Party". I am probably going to need to get permission from the other two founders before I can make such a leap.


You can also check out the Libertarian Party's own website to see that their platform, "supports both political and revolutionary actions by individuals and groups against governments that violate rights," and "Today, no government is innocent of violating human rights and liberty, and none can approach the issue with clean hands." Makes one think whether the party supports revolutionary actions against the United States.


The "other two founders" comment refers to the only other members of the Promethean Party from my undergrad days serving on UW-Madison's Student Council: Derek Blakeslee and Tim Selander.

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