The Other Political Philosophy

by Conor Friedersdorf

Chris Beam has written a long piece on libertarianism in New York magazine. Here's a very short excerpt that encapsulates his critique:

There’s always tension between freedom and fairness. We want less government regulation, but not when it means firms can hire cheap child labor. We want a free market, but not so bankers can deceive investors. Libertarianism, in promoting freedom above all else, pretends the tension doesn’t exist.

Radley Balko explains what bothered him about the piece. John Vecchione challenges an assertion it made. Matt Yglesias quibbles. Additional reactions coming soon, mine included.