Rightwing libertarianism recognises few legitimate constraints on the power to act, regardless of the impact on the lives of others. In the UK it is forcefully promoted by groups like the TaxPayers\’ Alliance, the Adam Smith Institute, the Institute of Economic Affairs, and Policy Exchange. Their concept of freedom looks to me like nothing but a justification for greed.
As I do/have written for two of the four I think it\’s safe to assume that I\’m one of those being talked about here.
And I\’m afraid that\’s a characterisation which makes me rather angry. For the reason that it\’s bollocks.
If you look through the tens of thousands (yes, it is that many, from the formal here to the informal on this blog etc) pieces I\’ve done over the years one of the major points I make is that there are rights that conflict and the question is how do we balance those conflicting rights?
Not whether we should, not an insistence that the rights of the powerful should trump those of the less so. But what mechanisms do we use to sort through which rights should prevail?
Monbiot is talking cock basically.