Yglesias has a great reaction to the new Mercatus ranking: "any reasonable person can look at this map and see that something's gone wrong".
I always think it's weird that libertarians rolled their eyes when Bush used the word "freedom" just to be a synonym for his collection of political views but seem unaware that a lot of people are rolling their eyes at libertarians for doing exactly what Bush does.
Bush, I feel, knew that a lot of people deep down just thought he had a lot of rotten ideas and that was that. He used the word "freedom" because (1.) he liked his definition, but more importantly (2.) he was running for election.
I feel like most libertarians genuinely think that they are in a minority that values liberty. As Yglesias said - "something's gone wrong" with them.
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