The Doors of Perception
[cross-posted at Austro-Athenian Empire]
Now Ill readily grant that Barr was one of the more libertarian-minded Republicans on the Hill; and maybe the LP should be congratulated for landing such a high-profile member.
Still, as I recall Barr was very strongly in favour of the war on drugs, and Ive seen no mention of his having changed his mind on that issue. Does his star power really outweigh the downside of having a drug warrior on the LNC?
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Roderick T. Long - 12/19/2006
I agree -- I'm all for working with partly good non-libs in broad coalitions of various sorts, but not for putting them in charge of libertarian organizations! And the drug war isn't one of the areas that's controversial among libertarians.
Aeon J. Skoble - 12/18/2006
So, he's a libertarian some of the time and not others? Seriously, how is this a "minor disagreement"? If you think it's an appropriate use of the Coercive Power of the State to imprison someone for smoking pot, you obviously don't think much of personal autonomy. I'll go read the interview for myself, but this doesn't look good.
Roderick T. Long - 12/18/2006
Okay, the Barr interview (taped last week) is up on the Reason site now. Heres the relevant section:
reason: In 2002, the Libertarian Party called you the worst drug warrior in Congress. No hard feelings?
Barr: To be honest with you thats never come up in our discussions. Im not going to let minor disagreements come between us.
reason: But you havent changed your mind on the drug war, or on gay marriage?
Barr: There are going to be differences with my colleagues in the Libertarian Party. I cant imagine there is ever going to be a party I agree with 100 percent of time.
Roderick T. Long - 12/17/2006
One of my contacts in the Libertarian Party informs me confidentially that Barr definitely HAS abandoned his support for the drug war and will be issuing a statement to that effect very soon; at the same time, one of my contacts at Reason magazine informs me confidentially that Barr definitely HAS NOT abandoned his support for the drug war and that this will be clear in a new interview with Barr thats going up on the Reason website on Monday.
Well, this should be fun! Somebodys in for a surprise I just don't know who yet.
Roderick T. Long - 12/16/2006
For more on this, see commentary here.
Otto M. Kerner - 12/15/2006
As long as it's only one, then ... maybe.