Friday, February 13, 2009

HOT5 Daily 2/13/2009

1. "POLL: JUST 39% BELIEVE IN EVOLUTION"  Not good news, but not that surprising.

Representative Sample: a brand-new Gallup poll tied to Darwin's birthday

2. "Enough Banker Bashing?" An interesting, more or less non-partisan article by someone that seems to know what he's talking about.

Representative Sample: Why are we in this mess? Too many banks got away from the fundamentals.

3. "Liberaltarianism: Stimulated to Death, or Still Kicking?" Can liberals ever be anything more than temporary allies with libertarians?

Representative Sample: liberal (=progressive) and libertarian personalities may differ too drastically to ever be welded together.

4. "American Lenin"  Libertarians hate Lincoln. 

Representative Sample: In "honour" of Lincoln's Birthday, an article by L. Neil Smith on the tyrant

5. "A Bicentennial Defense of Abraham Lincoln"  Attacks libertarian arguments and defends Lincoln as one of our greatest presidents.

Representative Sample: These criticisms are not justified. They are based on shoddy history – what some historians call “lawyers’ history,” which picks and chooses from the historical evidence

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  1. The anti-Lincoln libertarians are a fringe group even within libertarianism. The people at Cato and Reason are embarrassed by them, and have often taken the lead in attacking organizations such as the Von Mises Institute and whatever Lew Rockwell is in charge of.

  2. "The anti-Lincoln libertarians are a fringe group even within libertarianism"

    It's kind of hard to tell what constitutes "fringe" when you are talking about libertarians. I've seen attacks on Lincoln, (and of course FDR), from many libertarians. Here'sthe Lincoln anniversary post at

  3. Generally, I'd say the libertarian mainstream consists of the official views of Cato and Reason. Good examples of people within this tradition include Robert Nozick, Virginia Postrel, and Milton Friedman. The people within this tendency are often embarrassed by Austrian economics, Ayn Rand, and Ron Paul.