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Robert Wargas

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February 26, 2012 - 8:25 am

Let us not forget that Rick Santorum—who is, with each passing day, reminding me more of a cross between a whiny, rebuked brat-child and Dan Quayle—once said the following:

I fight very strongly against libertarian influence within the Republican Party and the conservative movement.

He has whined other statements to this effect. This means that Santorum is, or would have been, dedicated to a fight against people like Frank Meyer, Milton Friedman, Friedrich Hayek, Thomas Sowell, Ayn Rand, and other influential libertarians and libertarian-leaning conservatives.

This means, consequently, that he would be dedicated to a fight (and a whiny one to boot) against a crucial component of his political philosophy and a large number of anti-Obama Republicans and independents. Is Santorum not aware that post-war American conservatism is in large part a “fusion” (thanks to Frank Meyer) of traditionalist and classical liberal/libertarian views? And what makes him that he, a former Senate mandarin, would be up to such a challenge?

Santorum seems to be laboring under the delusion, as are most “progressives” and a fair number of conservatives, that all libertarians are Rothbardian anarchists or Ron Paulists—either that or they are nothing more than Marquis de Sade-types with nothing to contribute to discussions of morality or virtue. On the contrary: libertarians come in many flavors, and they are often the most well informed and articulate defenders of morality and American liberty. I dare you to try to alienate the lot of them.

Robert Wargas is a contributor to PJ Media. A native of Long Island, he was educated at the City University of New York and Yale University, and has also written for The Daily Telegraph of London and The Weekly Standard. Outside of opinion writing, he has worked as a professional historian for a major research laboratory and university, documenting the history of biotechnology since the 1970s. He has also reported for both weekly and daily newspapers, including Newsday. He maintains a personal blog/website at robertwargas.org. Follow him on Twitter @RobertWargas
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