(Yes, libertarianism is neoliberalism by a different name. It’s the same economic policies promoted by folks like Thatcher, Reagan, Clinton and now Obama (in other countries and here as well) and by institutions like the IMF/World Bank. Remember, we staged a coup in Honduras not that long ago in order to implement these “structural reforms” on behalf of the IMF and World Bank. For those of you who still think libertarianism is some kind of anti-establishment movement, just keep in mind who dictated those libertarian reforms in Honduras: Bill Clinton’s people and it took place at the outset of Obama’s first term in office.)
by Edwin Lyngar, AlterNet
The closer you get to totally untamed, uncontrolled privatization, the nearer you approach “Lord of the Flies.”
Last month, I spent my final vacation night in Honduras in San Pedro Sula, considered the most dangerous city outside of the war-torn Middle East. I would not have been scared, except that I traveled with my wife and our four children, aged 5, 7, 14 and 18. On our last taxi ride, we could not find a van to fit us all, so we rode in two taxis. Mine carried me and my two daughters, aged 5 and 14, while the driver blasted Willie Nelson singing “City of New Orleans” (a city that is also considered very dangerous).
It was a surreal moment, traveling in one of the most dangerous cities in the world with my babies in tow. I gave a nod to the radio. “Willie,” I said, and he gave me a grin and vigorous “sí.” There’s a lot of American cowboy culture in Honduras, but along with silly hats, Honduras has also taken one of our other worst ideas—libertarian politics. By the time I’d made it to San Pedro Sula, I’d seen much of the countryside and culture. It’s a wonderful place, filled with music, great coffee, fabulous cigars and generous people, but it’s also a libertarian experiment coming apart.
People better than I have analyzed the specific political moves that have created this modern day libertarian dystopia. Mike LaSusa recently wrote a detailed analysis of such, laying out how the bad ideas of libertarian politics have been pursued as government policy.