Popularity and Freedom – Econlib

Is there progressivism for freedom? I’m not sure, but Matthew Iglesias certainly thinks so. In the last hour, he tweeted the following:

1. Criticism of a “Really heinous attack on freedom of speech“By law enforcement in Arizona.

2. Argument “Let’s make it easy to get a house building permit“An hour ago he made the pitch more explicitly politicized,”Owner of Ron Descent makes it easy to build a home in California.

3. Argument “Let’s make clean energy deployment easier

4. Weakening the AMA cartel, he argued, “Let’s increase the supply of doctors and other medical professionals.”

5. Five hours ago he suggested that “freedom” is the best way to sell Argument in favor of choice:

I have said many times, there is no such thing as public opinion. It depends on how you frame the question. That is, the question creates an opinion.

6. Six hours ago, he tweeted, “YIMBY is about independence, not apartment building

7. Twenty hours ago he tweeted Vaccination And Nuclear power. In both cases, he wrote more detailed articles, sometimes suggesting the removal of regulatory barriers that slowed vaccine development and hindered the construction of (low carbon) nuclear power plants.

Matt Iglesias is certainly not a libertarian. But he is also not an ordinary progressive. Rather he spoke in favor of something called “popularity”, which is a fairly popular way (and in some cases through compromise) to achieve progressive goals. This is different from “populism”, which often targets non-progressive policy goals such as trade barriers, immigration. Barriers, and weaknesses in the protection of criminal justice. In Iglesias’s view, unpopular “awakening” exaggeration actually hits the progressive cause.

I find it interesting that Iglesias often sees the message of “freedom” as a way to make universal principles more palatable. He spends part of the year in Texas, and seems to have a pretty good understanding of how Central Americans think, especially when compared to ordinary coastal progressives.

PS If I were pro-life, I would be bored This is misleading and manipulative video. But as Iglesias advised correctly, it is probably quite effective.

PPS. Warning: If progressives continue to use the message of freedom because it works, they may end up finding themselves. Began to believe in freedom. Handle with care! 3

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