Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Reform Conservatism and Libertarian Populism: Two great tastes that go great together

Reform Conservatism And Libertarian Populism: Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together - Forbes - Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry:

July 16, 2013 - "The two most interesting schools of thought reforming the conservative movement are 'libertarian populism' and what I’ve called 'lower-middle conservatism'....

"I see myself as 60% lower-middle conservative and 40% libertarian populist. One of the (perceived) problems with libertarian populism is that it’s more of a feeling or a sensibility than a real policy agenda. Thankfully Tim Carney, one of the standard-bearers of libertarian populism, has stepped up to the breach and outlined a libertarian populist agenda in a great recent column.

"Here’s the outline, in bullet points:
  • Tough anti-Wall Street reform.
  • “Cut or eliminate the payroll tax.”
  • “End corporate welfare.”
  • “Cleaner tax code.”
  • Less corporatist health care reform.
  • “Kill anticompetitive regulations.”
  • “Address political privilege.”
Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/pascalemmanuelgobry/2013/07/16/reform-conservatism-and-libertarian-populism-two-great-tastes-that-go-great-together/
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