Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Crazy



Conor Friedersdorf has an excellent article in Newsweek about the casual dismissal Libertarian policy positions are given in comparison to the seriousness with which far more insane "centrist" policies are treated.

If returning to the gold standard is unthinkable, is it not just as extreme that President Obama claims an unchecked power to assassinate, without due process, any American living abroad whom he designates as an enemy combatant? Or that Joe Lieberman wants to strip Americans of their citizenship not when they are convicted of terrorist activities, but upon their being accused and designated as enemy combatants? In domestic politics, policy experts scoff at ethanol subsidies, the home-mortgage-interest tax deduction, and rent control, but the mainstream politicians who advocate those policies are treated as perfectly serious people.

He's got a point. Really, it's just one more aspect of the status-quo bias inherent in our political discourse. Most of the policies he lists are already on the books, so people just accept them. Either way, he's right that we should scrutinize these policy positions more often. I try to do that in this blog. I'll endeavor to do a better job of it in the future.

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