The Libertarian Illusion

05/12/09 Robert Lorei
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The Libertarian philosophy is gaining wider public exposure - from the candidacy of Ron Paul to Republican officials in the last four decades who branded themselves as "Libertarian Republicans." The concept they embrace is smaller governmnet, fewer taxes and a belief that private property rights are supreme.

Our guest, Providence College political scientist William E. Hudson argues in his new book, The Libertarian Illusion: Ideology, Public Policy, and the Assault on the Common Good, that libertarian policies do not deliver as promised and have had negative consequences when enacted. He joins us on the phone now.

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Not a Centralized Government Power

Professor Hudson's comments about socialism being a centralized government authority is incorrect and misleading. Socialism is not mere government ownership or control, nor is it a welfare state, or a repressive bureaucracy. Socialism is a new social and economic order in which workers and consumers control production and community residents control their neighborhoods, homes and schools. Citizens and workers will set policy and direct public servents in government entities to implement such directives. It will not be high officials in government to set policy and gain priviliged treatment as is done under capitalism and communism. Brian Moore Hernando County, Florida


The good professor should do some research. WMNF has interviewed effective Libs at work on http://www.ERCPinellas,org and see for world Libs. There're in addition many Libs in local public offices.