Monday, November 11, 2019

The State of the Socialist Advance

Socialists are very strong when it comes to political strategy and it shows. Most libertarian activists not so much.

And this:

And San Francisco elected Chesa Boudin as district attorney.

 His parents were members of the far-left Weather Underground, and jailed, when he was a toddler, for murder after taking part in an armored car robbery in upstate New York that led to the death of two police officers and a security guard.

He was raised in Chicago by Weather Underground leaders Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn before studying law at Yale. He later won a Rhodes Scholarship and worked as a translator for Venezuela’s now-deceased socialist President Hugo Ch├ívez, before coming to San Francisco.



  1. The Progressives have the schools, the media, and the government. They can operate incrementally. What can libertarians legitimately do? A good portion of the LP is blue-pilled and thus will fight to defend the progressive narrative when it's in conflict with libertarianism. If we're talking about winning seats in government, the battle is already lost.

    1. I agree about the incrementalism. Statists always beat libertarians in debate by forcing libertarians into reductio ad absurdum arguments about what a libertarian society would look like. The problem is that libertarians generally go on the defensive and blurt out arguments that sound too extreme to the mob. Instead, they really need to be on the offensive against what the statist really wants, and force them into their own reductio ad absurdum territory because they have plenty that they should be defensive about.

    2. If a libertarian shows what the state really wants the response is to label the libertarian a "paranoid conspiracy theorist" and it will never happen. Then a few years later when it happens, it is a good thing and the libertarian is bad for opposing it.

    3. Good point. The other basic problem is that people vote for their self interests. Envy and hate are stronger motivations for voting, and we have a lot of people envying and hating anyone who has more money. I think redirecting that envy and hate at statists could be a good way to go.

      The Obama mansion by the water is a great example. Here's a guy who claims that climate change will increase sea levels to eat all of the waterfront property. A wonderful anti-Obama ad would show him partying with Solyndra people in a giant mansion.

    4. I think we (libertarians) need to play the “long game” by starting at the local level and working our way up. Liberty and freedom ideas, properly explained, will appeal to a lot of people. Especially in light of tragic outcomes for areas that embrace anti-liberty and anti-freedom ideas (think San Francisco).