Mark Thompson has expended a lot of ink on the liberaltarian project. If nothing else, it’s an interesting intellectual exercise, but I think his proposed alliance suffers from a few real-world defects. With that in mind, I left him a few questions to chew on over at the League:
Is agreement over first principles or agreement over immediate policy a more durable basis for political collaboration? As long as the Republican Party doesn’t morph into something akin to Europe’s Christian Democrats, you have to assume that social conservatives will continue to provide the most reliable small-government constituency. So even if libertarian first principles are closer to the Democratic Party’s core philosophy, should that really matter in terms of real, practical politics?