Camille Paglia on the Libertarian Party

For the most part, I hold the same view of Camille Paglia that she holds of the Libertarian Party — I wish she’d just shut up because she’s very annoying. On the other hand, she did come up with a pretty good idea for the party in her latest Salon.Com column,

Speaking of preachy thought police, I’m getting fed up with members of the Libertarian Party who think they own the word “libertarian.” Get off my back, please, and focus your attention on the failures of your party to fine-tune and convey its philosophy credibly to the national electorate. In prior columns, I’ve indicated that the Libertarian Party, which once invited me to submit my name for its presidential nomination, is too conservative for my thinking and also too drearily removed from cultural issues. If and when the Libertarian Party nominates someone like the brilliantly analytical Virginia Postrel, I’ll reconsider my support for the Green Party, whose current brand of socialism is indeed excessive.

Postrel’s probably too smart to want to run for President, but I think she’d do a much better job of articulating the issues in a way that would appeal beyond the libertarian faithful than Harry Browne does (am I the only libertarian who finds Browne even duller than Gore?)

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