Weaponized Libertarianism: Pragmatists and DogmatistsSubmitted by robrigo80 on Mon, 06/25/2012 - 20:45
The American libertarian movement, “the liberty movement,” has fractured. After Sen. Rand Paul’s endorsement of presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, a new fault line was drawn.
What was once considered one movement has, in a sense, become two. One movement is pragmatic, seeking political effectiveness. The other is dogmatic, seeking ideological purity. The pragmatic part sees no point in having an ideology if you can’t advance it in real world terms. For the pragmatists, success is defined by how much American politics becomes more libertarian. For dogmatists, success is defined by how pure one’s libertarianism is.