Libertarianism


Here is an awesome letter sent to professor Krugman by Don Boudreaux:

17 May 2010

Prof. Paul Krugman
Department of Economics
Princeton University

Dear Prof. Krugman:

In your May 14 blog-post “Why Libertarianism Doesn’t Work, Part N” you attempt to tar libertarianism as being an ideology that “requires incorruptible politicians.”

You’re deeply confused.  One foundation of libertarianism is the observation that no profession is as infested with corruption as is politics.

The political ideology built upon the outlandish assumption that politicians are incorruptible and trustworthy isn’t libertarianism but, rather, your own – namely, “Progressivism.”  You and your ilk unceasingly plead for politicians to be entrusted with ever-more power and money, while libertarians – understanding that politicians aren’t saints – oppose your efforts.

Your accusing libertarianism of requiring “incorruptible politicians” makes as much sense as a faith-healer accusing science-based medicine of requiring competent witch-doctors.

Sincerely,
Donald J. Boudreaux
Professor of Economics
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA 22030

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