Tuesday, October 16, 2012


(h/t Digby)

America has come a long, long way from Woodrow Wilson's desire to "make the world safe for democracy"...
The Education of a Libertarian
by Peter Thiel
Reaction Essay
April 13th, 2009

I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual. For all these reasons, I still call myself “libertarian.”

But I must confess that over the last two decades, I have changed radically on the question of how to achieve these goals. Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.

The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism.


Ken Hoop said...

I find both utopias equally absurd.

The United States turned over half of Europe to Stalin making it safe for democracy from Hitler by the way-even if you accept the naieve
premises as to US government/ruling class real motives that most conservatives and liberal-progressives do.

Steve J. said...

And before that, the British conservatives decided to appease Hitler to save Capitalism

Ken Hoop said...

Gotta take it back to the unjust Versailles Treaty.

Steve J. said...

Yes, that was a horrendous treaty. Keynes did what he could to point out the problems, to no avail.