THE NEW L-WORD: Last week Ronald Bailey of Reason noted that John Kerry was quoted in June 16 & 23 issue of The New Yorker as saying, “The Bush Administration agenda isn’t conservative Republicanism, and it’s not radical Republicanism–it’s extreme libertarianism.”
Two thoughts: (1) Bush a libertarian? What’s Kerry been smoking?
(2) Among Democrats, is “libertarianism” now a demonizing term that is the moral equivalent to “card carrying ACLU member” for Republicans?
“The fact that this question comes from libertarian law professors should speak for itself”
I wonder if the new L-word has been focus group tested recently for its negative connotations among soccer moms? If so, expect to see it dropped quite a bit into speeches and rebuttals.