At Alternet, Every Day is Liberal Self-Parody Day
Kevin Carson | February 14th, 2015
How to write an Alternet criticism of libertarianism: 1) Cite an unpleasant aspect of Ayn Rand’s philosophy; 2) use the news topic of the day as an exemplar of that unpleasantness; and 3) treat it as somehow symbolic of the fundamental nature of the entire libertarian movement. In this case, I’m not so much interested in Richard Eskow’s lazy, by-the-numbers attack on libertarianism (“The Sharing Economy is a Lie: Uber, Ayn Rand, and the Truth About Tech and Libertarians,” Alternet, February 1) as I am in his treatment of his chosen news hook, Uber.
Don’t get me wrong. His attack on libertarianism is as historically illiterate as most other examples of the genre at Alternet. Making dogmatic, blanket generalizations about a movement with as many varied sub-currents as libertarianism (many of them quite left-wing or even socialistic), and discovering the “truth” about their “real nature” in the thought of Ayn Rand, is as stupid as a Bircher denouncing “socialism” based on his heavily underlined copy of “The Communist Manifesto.” ...