Sunday, November 28, 2010

Where progressives and libertarians agree and differ

This was an interesting one since I am admittedly more of a "liberal libertarian" than very liberal or very libertarian -- Seattle PI Blogs:
Both progressives and libertarians oppose government corruption. The difference between progressives and libertarians is that the former still believe that Big Government can be redeemed. Progressives believe that, despite the dangers of corruption and tyranny, we can't forgo the benefits of government. When government isn't corrupted by special interests, it acts as a counter-weight to corporate and private interests. It regulates and polices the private sphere. It performs necessary planning and bailouts and nurturing and research and police work and and health care initiatives and education. It provides a safety net. It supplies certain public goods that the market system can't provide.

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