28 March 2008

Artisitic Freedom in Ron Paul's Campaign

My smartest students, especially those who have some degree of political fervor or engagement, tend, almost instinctively, to be libertarian. Their's is a political position that baffles me almost wholly. This, though, is not the place for a 'libertarianism is silly' treatise. Nor is it the place to try to figure out why young people especially seem drawn to libertarian views. In any case, there is one thing that is quite impressive about the presidential campaign of libertarian Ron Paul. According to this story in The New York Times, it apparently has been less controlling than other campaigns on the graphical dimension.

Photograph © Dave Lamarand

Photograph © Dave Lamarand

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Anonymous jason said...

My smartest students, especially those who have some degree of political fervor or engagement, tend, almost instinctively, to be libertarian.

Do you mean that these students are primarily drawn to the conservative, right-wing version of libertarianism as represented in the U.S. by the Libertarian Party or the Cato Institute? Or, do some of them recognize the Republican Ron Paul's politics as a rather vulgar, fake version of libertarianism, which, in the rest of the world, is more like a synonym for anarchism?

28 March, 2008 10:07  
Blogger /thehangedman/ said...

My take:

Smart folks loathe politics.

Libertarianism thinks its about "natural rights" and not politics ("negociated rights").

But of course, L *is* politics - its politics for people who want to live out "hell is other people".

28 March, 2008 13:02  

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