Archive for the ‘Libertarianism’ Category

James McGill Buchanan’s vision of totalitarian capitalism has infected public policy in the US. Now it’s being exported • George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist

It’s the missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century. To read Nancy MacLean’s new book, Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is to see what was previously invisible.

The history professor’s work on the subject began by accident. In 2013 she stumbled across a deserted clapboard house on the campus of George Mason University in Virginia. It was stuffed with the unsorted archives of a man who had died that year whose name is probably unfamiliar to you: James McGill Buchanan. She says the first thing she picked up was a stack of confidential letters concerning millions of dollars transferred to the university by the billionaire Charles Koch

Continue to full story: A despot in disguise: one man’s mission to rip up democracy | George Monbiot | Opinion | The Guardian

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Through media, they have advanced their political and ideological goals and attacked those who stand in their way.

Source: New Book Exposes Koch Brothers’ Guide To Infiltrating The Media | Alternet

Libertarian delusions of grandeur are a recurring theme. The “liberty” in libertarian is only for the captains of industry. Everyone else is a blood-sucking leach. -PG

 

Source: Good news for Ayn Rand: Rand Paul’s failed campaign saved libertarianism

Justice Anthony Kennedy masterminded the Supreme Court’s decision to undo a century of public-interest regulation of campaign expenditures.

Source: The Man Who Drowned Democracy With ‘Sewer Money’ | Alternet

Organized psychopaths easily co-opted and weaponized a social media industry designed for teens and gamers.

Source: Frightening ISIS encryption methods have surprising Canadian connection | National Observer

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This important article kicks off what will be a focus of coverage of AlterNet over the next few months on the corporate-funded “pro-market” arm of libertarianism in America and the sophisticated methods of inserting business propaganda into the public debate.

via The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda | Alternet.

The lionization of frauds like Tom Perkins has them believing their accomplishments are purely their own doing

Richard Eskow, Alternet

via 5 libertarian oligarchs who made fortunes off the government they want to destroy – Salon.com.