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August 15, 2008



As I have yet to read the book, I'm reluctant to comment on its actual policy proposals, but I do take issue with your characterization of "libertarianism."

Recognizing the fragility of life and the importance of social stability are hardly irreconcilable with a healthy suspicion of targeted government intervention.

As a libertarian, I've never subscribed to the view that the free market will magically solve everything. I have, however, come to accept the fact that certain systemic social problems are simply unfixable. I don't categorically reject all government attempts to enhance social welfare; I just feel that our decidedly mixed track record in that department justifies casting a jaundiced eye over ambitious new proposals.

Humility, in my view, is most consonant with restraint. Perhaps Grand New Party's policy prescriptions are suitably modest and empirically sound. If so, I look forward to reading the book. But I don't think skeptics should be damned as naive demographic-lottery winners.

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