Saturday, February 1, 2014

NeoCon Mag Name Checks Mises and Rothbard

The American Spectator writes:
In  the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo's statement that “extreme conservatives” have no place in New York State because “that’s not what New York is about,” Mayor Bill De Blasio quickly agreed.

But Cuomo and de Blasio are not only proving their own prejudice, but also their ignorance of history. New York State and New York City have been home to some of the most extreme, misfit, rebellious, groundbreaking, status quo-shaking right-wingers in American history.

Libertarianism owes as much to New York City as it does to the rugged individualism that came out of the West. Ayn Rand, the mother of objectivism, moved to New York City in 1926. She wrote both The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged in New York. She lived here and died here.

Another notable New York libertarian is the father of Austrian economics Ludwig Von Mises. It was in New York that he wrote his landmark work Human Action. Murray Rothbard and Milton Friedman, two other economists whose opinions and theories totally reject the tax-and-borrow policies of Cuomo and de Blasio, are products of New York[...]

Outside politics, many conservatives who influenced our culture came from New York. Johnny Ramone was the father of American punk rock music, creating the Ramones from his hometown in Queens, New York, and going on to influence an entire genre of music. Ramone was also a staunch conservative, citing Ronald Reagan as “the greatest president of my lifetime.”

Other pop-culture icons who are conservative and native New Yorkers include daytime TV queen Susan Lucci, comedian Adam Sandler, and actor Sylvester Stallone.

Conservative opinion writers and pundits like Jonah Goldberg, Michael Savage, Peggy Noonan, Samuel Huntington, Sean Hannity, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, and Bill Kauffman all trace their origins to the Empire State.

Nonetheless, if the governor and mayor do not want us, maybe conservatives and libertarians who are considered too extreme should leave.
Well, maybe there will be a time, when it makes sense for all of us to leave New York (or quite possibly, the US), but I'm not going to leave the US to end up in the same place as warmongers Goldberg, Savage, Krauthammer and Kristol. I am headed in the completely opposite direction.

(ht Jay Stephenson)


  1. The real irony is that what makes ones view point extremist is its intolerance of other view points. I would call Cuomo's views extremist by the standard definition of extremism. IMO, the left is becoming more and more extremist in this country as they push their agenda of feel good populism.

  2. Funny though considering most of the state has either a bunch of socialist "tax the rich" trash liberals or filthy scumbag "we like liberty now since we dont have power anymore" conservatives. However thats apart of being a libertarian; you end up hating most of people you come into contact with politically.

  3. Stallone is for gun prohibition.