Thursday, March 17, 2005

Libertarians Have More Fun

As Oscar Wilde said, "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about." In OpinionJournal this week Julia Gorin shines a little welcome light on America's practically-invisible, third-largest political party. There are plenty of jokes about Libertarians, which are, admittedly, funny and not altogether inaccurate. Still it's a fairly positive piece:
OpinionJournal - Extra: "Politically, the Libertarian world isn't a bad place to be. Libertarians have more credibility with the left than Republicans do, even though their conservative side is callous compared with the charitable Christian right. And they have more credibility with the right than Democrats do, despite being more godless than the left. If Republicans and Democrats are the thesis and antithesis, Libertarians are a synthesis.

Even if this party never puts a candidate into the Oval Office, its ultimate purpose may be to help the two opposing major parties view each other through more sober lenses, and thus help the country arrive at a happy, if gay, marriage."
We freely admit to voting for Libertarian Party candidates in elections past, but not last year. The Badnarik campaign landed squarely in the Blame America First camp, and we weren't going there.

Americans tend to think of politics as a one-dimensional spectrum with conservative on one side and liberal on the other. For a more complete picture of your views in the two-dimensional political space take this quiz. Who knows, you might be a closet libertarian yourself.

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