Giving the Libertarians a Space In the Political Spectrum

realclearmarkets.com - 03-26

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The left/right political spectrum is an instrument embraced by virtually all political philosophers. This analytic tool has unfortunately also seeped out into the general population. We continually hear assertions to the effect that “he is a liberal, a leftist” or “she is a right wing conservative.” There is no room for libertarians in this worldview, and I, as a supporter of this type of political economy, strenuously object. It is also highly flawed as a way of categorizing, simplifying, reality, a desiderata of all scientists, social or otherwise.