Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Liberalism, libertarianism and liberaltariansim

There is a lot of discussion going on right now in the blogosphere in regard to a libertarian reconciliation with the soft left. I will probably do a long post about this at some point but wanted to put up some links while the broader discussion is ongoing.

Here is a post from Brad DeLong, here is one from the Boston Review, here is former Reason editor Virginia Postrel, and here is Ross Douthat of the Atlantic. There is also a lot on this theme on Will Wilkinson's blog.

My take is that there is much common ground between thoughtful classical liberals and democrats who know some economics. I am less sure about hard-core libertarians or about the sort of democrats who think that cost-benefit analysis is a plot against Mother Gaia or that higher minimum wages cause growth.