David Robert Grimes who wrote in The Guardian that libertarian ideology “is the natural enemy of science” fails his own litmus test; he can’t tell ideology from science or either from “evidence.”
“Whether the issue is climate change, healthcare or gun control,” he says, “libertarians are on a permanent collision course with evidence.”
Be forewarned that his entire argument is based on regulation, and he neither cares nor comprehends the difference between coercive dictatorial government regulation vs. natural free market regulation in which individuals vote with their feet, their dollars, their decisions, and their personal goals.
On gun control he states, “The opponents of gun control are impervious to evidence that carrying a firearm endangers both them and those around them.”
Yet he himself is impervious to evidence that proponents of gun control endanger themselves and those around them. Or perhaps he just thinks that “evidence” tells him it’s best to be unarmed when he’s confronted by a brutal mugger, unarmed when she’s attacked by a knife-wielding rapist, unarmed when their children are confronted by a predatory child molester.
On climate change he states “there is a tendency for those with pronounced free-market views to reject the reality of global warming.” But evidence is clear that free-marketeers reject both the politicization of climate change and its purported “solution” which champions only ideologically correct coercive dictatorial government regulations while ignoring natural free market regulations.
He states “The individualist anti-regulation stance of free-market advocates also has serious consequences for healthcare,” ignoring mountains of evidence that healthcare failed miserably because of decades of government overregulation, and when Obamacare fails miserably for the same reason Grimes will ignore that evidence as well and demand yet more coercive dictatorial government regulation which will fail even more miserably.
But then, right in the middle of his muddled evidentiary testimony, Grimes seems to get it: “unregulated use of natural resources infringes the property rights of others and is ideologically equivalent to trespass.” Hooray! That’s exactly the libertarian Zero Aggression Principle (ZAP) against coercion, intimidation and fraud, that infringing another’s property is trespass at least and coercion at worst.
But wait. He didn’t get it after all, because just two paragraphs earlier his completely contradictory evidence told him that “those who have obtained property are free to exploit it as they desire, with no obligation to others.” Grimes! See ZAP above!
So apparently Grimes has absolutely no evidence of what libertarianism really is and doesn’t care. What the real evidence tells us is that the Grimeses of the world don’t want science, solutions or evidence, what they want is power.