What opinion do libertarians have about neoliberals? Is it possible to be neoliberal and libertarian at the same time?
About 2 years ago I started calling myself a ‘neoliberal’ to differentiate me from the ‘libertarian pipe-line’ that was happening in my country. To put it briefly I was one of the co-founders of the libertarian party of my country, at that time I was some kind of market-liberal or a consequentialist friedmanite who actually wanted to found the party more in line with Friedman’s ‘capitalism and freedom’ than the Rothbardian libertarianism’s dogma but at the same time, I proposed to be tolerant to other forms of libertarianism. Anyways things quickly went to hell, the party filled with religious conservatives, Trump-lovers, Hoppeans and philo-fascists. and eventually, after much discussion, myself and the original founders were cut off from the project. Today the party is simply one more extreme-right populist party and does not contribute anything positive to the weak democracy of my country. Since then I have been ideologically hybridized with ‘neoliberalism’ as a more pragmatic way of achieving economic progress, less state intervention in the life of people and increasing individual liberty. This more pragmatic and less dogmatic approach has allowed me to have enriching conversations with people from across the political spectrum and to draw them more into an enthusiasm for the free markets, perhaps with the exception of authoritarians. I still consider myself a libertarian and I don’t really think my current ideas are very far from the original idea of libertarianism but I wanted to tell you this story and read your opinions.
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