Monday, August 25, 2014

Liberal Vs. Libertarian Response To Ferguson (Rand’s Just An Opportunist)

By Ilana Mercer

“Liberal outrage over what some see as racial injustice” vs. libertarian anger “that connects the perceived overreaction by a militarised local law enforcement to [a libertarian] critique of the heavy-handed power of government”: As expected, BBC News adopts a more analytical angle on the “unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer.”

Expected too is BBC’s take on the libertarian scene. As its libertarian stand-bearers, BBC News has chosen from the ranks of Beltway libertarians, conservatives and Republican congressmen and senators.

“The state is big and powerful and violent and can hurt you, whether it’s the FDA, the state prosecutor or the local police force,” writes Hot Air blog’s Mary Katharine Ham, concisely summarising the gist of this libertarian argument.

Breitbart’s John Nolte puts it a bit more sharply: “The media hate police but without them, who will ultimately force us to buy ObamaCare and confiscate our guns?”

On Wednesday night Congressman Justin Amash, a libertarian-leaning Republican embraced by the grass-roots Tea Party movement, tweeted that the news from Ferguson was “frightening”, asking: “Is this a war zone or a US city? Gov’t escalates tensions w/military equipment & tactics.”

One of the leading figures in today’s libertarian movement, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul 
In his response to Ferguson, as is his wont, Sen. Rand Paul managed to straddle liberal and libertarian narratives, vaporizing idiotically as follows:
“Anyone who thinks that race does not still, even if inadvertently, skew the application of criminal justice in this country is just not paying close enough attention.”
Rand is the very embodiment of political opportunism.

Ilana Mercer is author of Into the Cannibal's Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa©2014 By ILANA MERCER


  1. Paul was correct in his claim as quoted. Ron Paul pointed out on several occasions how the death penalty is give to blacks more often. Some hardcore libertarians think they are solidifying their hardcore reputation by squeeling anytime race is mentioned in this way. I don't know why they are afraid. Wenzel is getting sloppy posting this. Where is the argument against the claim? This is a Salon tactic.

  2. Yes, Paul was correct in his statement as quoted. However, compared to the principled stance made clear by his father, the comment was laughable. A principled libertarian would also point out that it is the nature of government that ultimately causes these problems, not race.