David Boaz | Essays
In response to the criticism that libertarians tend to be a somewhat pessimistic lot, Boaz explores the optimistic side of the growth of freedom in this short essay, contrasted with the usual focus on “the depredations of government.” According to Boaz, “when libertarians defend limited government, we are defending freedom and the progress it brings.”
Boaz refutes the notion that it was libertarian laissez-faire policies that created the problems that have arisen in our society, arguing that big government has always played a role. Instead, he touts libertarianism as a road map to a freer, better world.
Boaz rails against the “cartoonish misrepresentation” of libertarianism in pop culture promoted not just by its opponents, but also by those who are friendly to the ideas of liberty but want to present themselves as a more palatable option for the mainstream. According to Boaz, libertarianism is much less radical than it is purported to be and it should be discussed accordingly.
Boaz combats the pessimistic view that our freedom is declining, arguing that, in many ways, we are more free, and inciting libertarians to continue the struggle for even greater freedoms.
David Boaz highlights movies with strong themes of liberty.
Boaz highlights how history shapes our view of the present and stresses the necessity of looking back to the Founding Fathers to learn what makes America truly great.
Boaz acknowledges that America is in no golden age of liberty, but adds that freedom is on a perpetual march forward while encouraging individuals to actively fight for limited government.
Boaz addresses the question of whether libertarianism must rest on the Objectivist philosophical system.
Boaz singles out freedom of choice as the fundamental difference between libertarian and conservative viewpoints, arguing that, when it comes to restricting decision-making possibilities, conservatives share more common ground with liberals than with libertarians.