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Socratic Gadfly: The Libertarian Lady is not for turning

Socratic Gadfly:

Libertarians nominated Jo Jorgensen for president, a long-ago VP candidate and NOT an ex-Republican, on the fourth ballot. Libertarians did a virtual convention for president and veep ONLY; the original plan for an all-virtual convention was derailed when some legalistic LPer cited bylaws, so they’ll meet in person for other quadrennial business. (Does this surprise you?)

Just because she’s their first woman nominee doesn’t make her anything but the typical hardcore Libertarian, per a Reason interview. (Don’t ever, EVER forget Maggie Thatcher, per the header.) *

She makes the No True Scotsman claim that healthcare needs free markets to actually work. Actually, a good socialist like me knows that insurers are but lightly regulated. Pretty free market. And abusive. But, doctors and hospitals, ordering unnecessary tests out of a mix of capitalist grifting and fear of L/libertarian type lawsuits, are also part of the problem.

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  1. dL dL June 1, 2020

    Yeah, Socratic Gadfly, you are going to have to explain this “Adam Smith’s invisible hand and has been refuted by quantum mechanics” thing. You might want to re-read Adam Smith’s “Theory of Moral Sentiments” because his argument placed empathy, not reason, as the basis of moral sentiment.

  2. Richard Winger Richard Winger June 1, 2020

    S.G. says “But, should the LP slate win any states, electors from that state can, per the Constitution, vote for only one or the other.” Actually, only the South Carolina Libertarian electors are affected by that provision, which is in the 12th amendment. It says, “The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves.” So Georgia Libertarians would be free to vote for both Jo and Spike, even if both of them were still residing in South Carolina in mid-December 2020. Furthermore, S.G. fails to note that if Jo and Spike carried South Carolina on November 3, 2020, one of them would be free to move to another state before mid-December. S.G. is wrong to say delegates were ignorant of the U.S. Constitution. The point was discussed and understood by the delegates.

  3. Richard Winger Richard Winger June 1, 2020

    And if the South Carolina Libertarian electors were elected, Spike has already said he is willing to move to another state.

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