Sunday, December 21, 2014

Libertarianism with benefits

The title of this entry is from “The Tea Party: A Brief History” by Ronald P Formisano.  He uses it as a subtitle for the chapter “Frustration with Politics as Usual”.  He defines “Libertarianism with benefits” as taking government payments while decrying too much government.

Formisano’s little book packs a big wallop to the inconsistencies of Tea Party politicians.

His final paragraph describing the original Tea Party resistance includes:

"In doing so, [Bostonians and their fellow colonists] looked not backward but forward, to an uncertain future.  Theirs was a populism of ordered community, in which liberty meant individual freedom to pursue one's destiny as well as responsibility and a regard for the common good."