Commentary from the liberterrain…
The culture war is nothing more than ideologues using government to force their personal preferences on everyone else.
One good example is Mariellen Jewers offering 5 Tips to Being a Responsible Consumer to her fellow progressives. Here’s a quick snapshot.
1. Don’t shop Walmart. They won’t unionize. But progressives never quite tell us whether the majority of Walmart employees are covered by their working spouse’s benefits or how many use their Walmart training to move up to better jobs.
Walmart’s first union-negotiated contract (in China) “resulted in an 8% pay increase for workers,” yet progressives never consider if this means an 8% markup on prices for everyone, including Walmart employees themselves, and for the poor for whom they express so much unending angst.
2. Buying Brawny paper towels generates profits for the libertarian Koch brothers who lobby against climate change and its government-imposed regulations, but Seventh Generation paper towels are recycled and “has environmentally friendly practices.” So progressives must mindlessly accept climate change? Has Al Gore been officially canonized?
3. Tom’s of Maine is part of Colgate-Palmolive who isn’t environmentally pure but Arm & Hammer is, so always buy environmentally good products, including, apparently, those mercury-filled light bulbs.
4. “Shoppers who get a latte with anti-minimum wage rhetoric” (whatever that means) pay the salary of Whole Foods’ CEO John Mackey, “an unabashed libertarian.” So libertarians are definitely evil in Jewers’ personal catechism. (Note to libertarians: Don’t try to explain how a minimum wage harms the poor that progressives say they’re concerned about. They neither comprehend nor care about the simple logic of it, they believe in it because it “feels right” to them.)
5. AT&T lobbying funnels millions into John Boehner’s pockets but Credo Mobile’s lobbying funnels millions into “progressive organizations,” thereby making lobbying okay.
So all non-progressive corporations are evil if they lobby for special laws or support wrong politicians, but progressives don’t think the same way about “their” corporatist cronies.
Libertarians hold that all crony corporatism is evil because they and their political cronies seek power over all of society.
The only solution is the complete separation of government and the marketplace, thereby creating a true free market, not crony corporatism, not Marxist-defined capitalism, not progressive master-planned technocratic authoritarianism, not socialism, not fascism.
If enlightened progressives, like conservatives, could ever rise above their addiction to coercive government, libertarians would have little quarrel with them.
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