Earlier today, in the wake of my column on the collapse of a liberal-libertarian coalition, an office-mate asked me who was the most famous liberaltarian. We struggled for 5 minutes, and came up with Nick Gillespie, at Reason Magazine. Maybe we missed someone, but we couldn’t think of any prominent politicians who fit the bill.
The strongest free-market congressmen, senators, and presidential candidates are also among the most pro-life and socially conservative congressmen, senators, and presidential candidates. Republican candidates who describe themselves as “fiscally conservative and socially moderate” end up being tax-hikers. Democrats who describe themselves the same way are corporate welfare kings.
Again, maybe I’m forgetting someone, but to my recollection, there are no “liberaltarian” politicians on the scene today.
Which Senator gets the best voting ratings from National Taxpayers’ Union and Americans for Tax Reform? Jim DeMint. He’s also a pro-life, socially conservative, Christian.
On the House side, it’s Ron Paul — also pro-life and conservative.
Makes you wonder — maybe there’s something about the socially liberal agenda that draws someone away from economic freedom.