poly: Libertarians as reactionary liberals?

From: Damien R. Sullivan <phoenix@ugcs.caltech.edu>
Date: Tue Apr 21 1998 - 14:35:33 PDT

Is there a reactionary mindset abstractable from any specific political
positions? I was reflecting on Hayek's statement that the US never had
a strong liberal movement because it was fundamentally liberal in
government to begin with. In that light, what is the significance of the
recent libertarian movement, which seems like a shriller and occasionally
anarchist version of classical liberalism? Most simply, that it is a
standard reaction against the veer the US took away from the classical liberal
program after WWII and then the 1960s.

This idea as such has probably been had before, but I wonder if there's a
difference in the mindsets of forward-looking radicals and reactionaries
suffering a sense of 'paradise lost'. I also don't know of past radical
liberals; this could be a selection effect, or a perception effect from being
one myself, but perhaps liberalism doesn't lend itself to dogma without a
reactionary origin or a different supporting philosophy such as Objectivism.

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