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babsbunny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 07:29 PM
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Rand Paul's Libertarian La-La Land
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/20...

By Eugene Robinson
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Not so fast, everybody. Rand Paul can't abruptly disavow the extremist views on civil rights that he's been espousing for years and expect us all to just move along. Was he lying then? Is he lying now? Or has the Tea Party movement's newly crowned Mad Hatter changed his mind?
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sharesunited Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 08:59 PM
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1. Rand Paul had a rude awakening. The textbook Libertarian utopia is completely unelectable.
All conservatives can do is protest that he doesn't really mean it.

Private rebuke and ostracization cannot possibly have anywhere near the same power to break the back of segregation as the Civil Rights Act did.
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 09:00 PM
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2. Well, Rachel did a piece on Somalia tonight, a Libertarian paradise
that even Rand Paul couldn't like.
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Kievan Rus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 09:41 PM
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4. Libertarian paradise is, in essence, anarchy
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 09:39 PM
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3. Even many of the gullibles see thru the fantasy world of the libertarians. nm
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 09:48 PM
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5. Someone once told me, Libertarianism is a great idea, if everyone were angels....
...the fact that a grown adult like Paul still hangs on to fantasy, should be a wake-up call to Kentuckians everywhere.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 10:01 PM
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6. Libertarianism would be a wonderful idea.....
Provided there was a nice big empty continent about the size of Australia that all Libertarians could emigrate to. Then they could try their Utopian ideals in the real world, and see just how long it lasted.
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Robeson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 10:03 PM
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7. I'm going to be generous, and say - maybe - about 3 minutes.
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MicaelS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 10:12 PM
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8. Oh, no....I'd give them a year, maybe two
Before the first big corporations ignored their courts, hired their own private armies, and then told their government to go fuck off. Then their government, what little of it there was, would be faced with a real dilemma, let their people become slaves to big corporations, or interfere in the big corporations "business". Their idealism would run into cold, hard reality, just like Paul did, and they would find their dreams shattered.
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quaker bill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-25-10 10:52 PM
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9. Libertarians
Edited on Tue May-25-10 10:54 PM by quaker bill
have this basic problem with a failure to understand that a free people invented government, quite on purpose. If government was removed tomorrow, people would immediately start to re-invent it.

Libertarian faith in individual freedoms lasts just about exactly as long as it takes your neighbor to do something you really do not like. This is how laws are born, and government agencies are then created to enforce them. The people demand government, I hear from them everyday.

Some folks profess to like the concept of anarchy. Very few like the reality of the experience.

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mdmc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-28-10 03:44 PM
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