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The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

H.L. Mencken

Friday, September 9, 2016

What Is Aleppo?

Gary Johnson has become the go-to candidate for conservatives who can't stomach Trump and won't vote for Hillary, if she was endorsed by the risen Christ.  I've certainly seen people on my Facebook feed "liking" Governor Johnson.

The fact that he's an idiot is apparently a feature, not a bug.

Libertarianism spans a broad swath of American politics, from advocates on the Left to aspects of Paul Ryan's platform to Gary Johnson, who loves him some pot and some free markets.  In short, libertarianism is pretty much whatever you want it to be.  You can decide what you want to be freed from government constraint, and you can be a libertarian about that.

Pollution controls? Let the market decide!
Pot and prostitution? End black markets!
Regulation of the banks?  Who needs it!?

Johnson is not the raging racist that Trump is, nor does he suffer from narcissistic personality disorder, the way Trump does.

He does, however, represent exactly the same sort of contempt for governmental institutions that has constituted every conservative candidate since Bob Dole.  Republicans and Libertarians - but I repeat myself - don't think government can work, and then they devote themselves to proving it.

That Gary Johnson doesn't know basic facets of foreign policy isn't all that surprising.

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