Movin on Up


  1. Stormy Dragon says:

    If you want to really investigate Libertarianism, I’m not sure moving from ABC to Fox is a step forward, just a step sideways.

  2. Phelps says:

    I would say it is a certain move up. Even sitting aside the liberal (and therefore pro-government) bias at ABC, FBC and FNC are 24-hour, so there is likely to be much less fighting for airtime. Hell, Dennis Miller is the same sort of bent, and he ended up on FNC too with O’Rielly.

    The conservative side is much friendlier to libertarians than the liberal. Fox isn’t really conservative — it is scrupulously middle of the road and just looks right because everything else is tilted left — but its the best we have right now.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    Less fighting for air time, but also a smaller audience, so whether he ends up being seen by more people isn’t so definite.

    On a more general note, I disagree with your assertion that the conservative side is friendlier to libertarians. Both liberals and conservatives are firmly pro-state, the only difference being the ends to which they want to use that power. They only pay lip service to small-government principles when they’re out of power.

  4. Phelps says:

    I judge it that way because conservatives have a disturbing trend of telling you what not to do, while liberals have a more disturbing trend of telling what you have to do or else.

  5. Stormy Dragon says:

    That’s a very good description, except that the conservatives are just as ‘or else’ as the liberals.

    In particular, liberals overestimate how well authority can change things for the better; conservatives over estimate how well authority is managing the status quo. Try telling most conservative that maybe it’s wrong for a policeman to go around tazering anyone who doesn’t respect his authoritah, for instance, and see how skeptical of the state they are.