Friday, May 27, 2005

Featured Post of the Week

In which Anand misses the point of libertarianism completely.
An excerpt (on why the word "libertarian" is so popular).
It all started one dark, stormy night, when Kunal S read an economics blog & decided to bring this word into our world. He orchestrated a campaign to spread this epidemic among the more famous bloggers that I read, & now, it's on every billboard & street corner in India (Although pleased, I rerally can't take all the credit for the explosion of libertarian thought in the blogsphere).

Well, why doesn't Mr. Paranoid (himself) stop this nonsense & tell us what it means, already, you might ask? Well, all the hype is unfortunately a letdown. The word is self-explanatory. As per the dictionary it is:

  1. One who advocates maximizing individual rights and minimizing the role of the state.
  2. One who believes in free will.

Disappointing, isn't it? Well, I can foresee that after Webster nominates it as the "word of the year", it might get worse. I can see the day, when the democratic countries decide that if the communists have "comrade", we should have "libertarian". We would have every person on the street wishing you "Hello, fellow libertarian. What's up?". I cringe at the very thought.


For a much more serious post on libertarianism in the blogsphere, try this.


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