Libertarianism: A Feel-Good Suicide Pact

Libertarianism: A Feel-Good Suicide Pact

If you want to know why libertarianism recedes further into irrelevance by the day, look no further than David Gordon's attempt to wrestle down the ideas of “Bronze Age Pervert” (a/k/a “BAP”), whose self-published book I reviewed in the Summer 2019 Claremont Review of Books.

Gordon's purported target is BAP himself but he spends far more time attacking me. And he gets nearly everything wrong. It's almost as if he is not trying—to read, to understand, to debate, to engage, or anything else. Instead he apparently just wants to settle old scores with my teacher, the late Harry V. Jaffa, who was (rhetorically) ruthless in exposing the blinkered absurdities, unrealities, and inconsistencies of libertarianism. Having been on the receiving end of Jaffa's critiques myself, I can say that I feel for Gordon. But that doesn't excuse this mess of a piece.

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