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Reason Magazine/U.S. Libertarianism: a pet-project of Wikipedia Editorship Establishment (Cabal)????[edit]

so what's the magazine about???[edit]

This is an awful description of the magazine. Free minds and free markets? What the heck does that mean??? Is this libertarianism? Is it anarchism? Is it conservatism or progressive? What is it? Left wing, right wing. If not a label, how about a comprehensive description about the ideology. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:35, 21 May 2008 (UTC)

The first line in the article (as of now) describes it well: Reason is a libertarian monthly magazine from the Reason Foundation. I think to quantify it anymore than that is very difficult if not impossible. (talk) 21:55, 8 October 2008 (UTC)
Yes, it is "libertarianism", which although in historical (and even modern international) terms is an outgrowth of classical liberalism, nevertheless is generally held to be firmly on the right-wing of U.S./American politics. IMHO, it can perhaps best be summarized as generally being "secular conservative", even though many members do support the death penalty for certain crimes (as well as some members EVEN being anti-abortion, anti-drug, anti-porn, anti-separation of church/state, or in other words pro-local government to do whatever; it seems like what absolutely bothers ALL of them the most is taxes and regulations on business), which pretty much eliminates any positive humanitarian/humanist (or "secularist") affiliation, leaving them as being basically nothing more than total social darwinists and state's rightists by default. Or in other words, U.S. libertarians are just like the current U.S. Republicans/conservatives, only not quite so theocratic/moralistic or mindlessly patriotic/pro-military, and being explicitly (openly & publicly) "pro-drug" instead of hypocritically milking both ends of the drug war (getting support publicly from anti-drug moralists and tacitly from anti-government pro-drug "freebooters"; profiting openly from the criminal justice/prison system AND secretly from kickbacks from some drug-dealers), like the Republicans do (there's even an extreme, radically pro-property libertarian idea called "anarcho-capitalism", which I was basically sympathetic to, even though it strangely seems to be strongly pro-Republican and pro-neo-con). I'm personally starting to think more and more that "Reason"/US Libertarianism is just a "pet project" or side-show of the corporate-funded "mainstream" conservative movement to attract the more free-spirited "freaks" and steer them into the corporate direction, while letting them believe that they are actually being "free" and independent. And I think I know what I'm talking about: I was a rabid libertarian for over ten years, and active in a state's Libertarian Party leadership for almost 5 years (guess I'm one of those allegedly "extremely rare" specimens that went from being a staunch "libertarian" back to being an even stauncher "left liberal"/Radical than I was to begin with). Since then I've learned that the word "libertarian" wasn't even coined by American free-marketers, but in fact, by European left-anarchists/socialists (anarcho-collectivists; anarcho-communists); "free-market libertarianism" is mainly just an American conservative idea, which the rest of the world would [ironically] call "liberal"---and disdain it because it is not leftist, socialist, or collectivist in any way whatsoever; even most European conservatives are more "socialist" than their Anglophone counterparts. (talk) 20:51, 2 July 2009 (UTC)

July 2009[edit]

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Your mercenary question is off topic for a talk page. Talk pages are for matters relating to development of the article not discussion forums. However try reading "Once a Pilgrim" by Will Skully -- PBS (talk) 11:19, 24 August 2009 (UTC)

I'll read the book.