Tuesday, January 17, 2006

More Wal-Mart

Check out Arnold Kling's response to the Maryland Wal-Mart law...TCS Daily - Liberals Should Know Better.

Here's the 2nd paragraph - it hit's close to home for me with my friends in UU-land:

Most of my friends are liberals. This series is the conversation I wish that I could have with them. I wish they would let me finish my train of thought before
interrupting. I wish that they would consider my arguments, rather than try to bury them in rhetorical put-downs.

Don't worry, it's not an attack on 'liberals'... it deals with the unintended consequences of government meddling in market (in this case, the labor market) dynamics.


At 3:58 PM, Blogger franky said...

You know, it's funny ER. I always thought that every single atheist, agnostic, etc was a liberal. I guess that's because the current administration is so entwined with the conservative christian fundamentalist. It's refreshing to see a conservative freethinker out there, even if I don't agree with you. Just thought I'd let you know.

At 7:13 AM, Blogger Early Riser said...


Back in my bleeding-heart-liberal days (birth to 2000/01), I bought into the 'progressive' doctrine. I had never really cared for the left's economic thought (or lack there of), but the social issues trumped economic concerns. I also had an absolute hatred of the Religious Right.

Between 9/11, doing a bunch of reading (Hayek, DeSousa, Sowell, Reason Mag.), listening to the hyprocrasy on both sides of the aisle and doing some deep-thinking, I decided that my views on the way the world works were closer to Republicans.

This is not to say that some elements / positions of the Right are acceptable to me. I've never liked DeLay, public school prayer is morally wrong and Pat Robertson is an idiot.

I just think the Libertarian / Republican movements of today, have better and dynamic ideas. I find the Democrats waiving the status quo flag on important issues (Social Security, Tax Reform, National Security, School Choice, ect.) instead of actually trying to improve the country.

At 7:50 AM, Blogger franky said...

The scary thing for me is that I sometimes find myself agreeing with less relious Republicans like yourself on occasion. The article you linked to was a good one and one that I could agree with (I do believe in the markets after all, otherwise I wouldn't have a job). For example, I continue to believe that the tax cuts were a good idea at the time. I can make a pretty good case for it as well. Maybe I'm just fiscally conservative.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Early Riser said...


Do you really want to do something scary? Read the Weekly Standard magazine(the current thought leader in Right leaning mags)with an open mind. You may find that you have more in common with neoconservative than you could have ever imagined.

Let me know how it goes. :-)

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