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“The (top-billed) Libertarians are wrong, just like everyone else, but they are wrong in the right direction to correct several major problems.  When the country becomes too deregulated, I’ll let you know.”

 — Eliezer Yudkowsky

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Even the famously socialist French ultimately come to realize that bad policies give bad results.

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Wendell Gunn, a conservative, wrote Obama when he sent him a campaign contribution:

My contribution to your campaign is based on hope and change: My hope that you will change your mind on the tax and economic policies you are proposing.

That’s strangely apt. I do not think there has been another presidential contender in history with such a large fraction of supporters who actually hope he has been lying. And yes, I am one of them too. Mea Culpa.

Of course, Obama’s obvious intelligence doesn’t hurt, nor does the fact that at least on the important issues of war, foreign policy, civil liberties and domestic surveillance, he is so much better than McCain.

Here’s a nice article with quotes from some prominent conservative and libertarian Obama backers.

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George F. Will believes that Barack Obama is a ‘libertarian paternalist’ at heart.

I had made the same point in this post from a couple of weeks back.

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From an article in the SFgate:

Bill Clinton spent his time in the White House working with Republicans to champion trade, telecommunications and financial deregulation – destructive policies specifically crafted to boost corporate profits at the expense of ordinary workers.

Reminds me of the time when the Left Front government in West Bengal tried to ban computers on the grounds they would hurt workers.

Sometimes it is fun to read lefty opeds and wonder how they got there.

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One of the rare economic issues in which I support Obama’s stance. A gas tax-holiday, at this stage, is little more than a populist gimmick. It is bad fiscal policy, bad energy policy, bad environmental policy and — as previous experience shows — will do little to provide consumer relief.

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As dumb wars go, this is the dumbest of them all. It involves more money than is spent on food programs, science or technology. It arrests about two million people (that’s almost 1 percent of the population) every year, most of them small users. It is responsible for about a quarter of the current inmate population in the United States. And remarkably, it has nothing to show for it, except that it has driven a business – that would have been perfectly controlled and safe if it were legitimate – underground, into the abyss of gang violence, disease and decay.

One day, people will look back at the most ill-conceived, wasteful, senseless and fruitless program in the history of civilization, and wonder- WHY?

Till then, there is the drug clock to remind us of the costs that the War on Drugs drug-users entails.

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