We have been feeling left out. As Josh Hawley and Marco Rubio have been making headlines about creating a more intrusive and authoritarian right in order to match up with the left, us market oriented folks that feel a kinship with the growth fairy have felt left out. Matthew’s and David’s critiques of Marco are reasonable but neither made us felt like we had much overlap in our Venn diagrams.
Kevin D. Williamson (all of these are at NRO) has helped us feel like less of an orphan with Marco Rubio’s Half-Baked Political Philosophy. You should read all the links to see what is going on but do make sure to read Kevin. Here is a great paragraph that explains why Marco is on the wrong path:
Men such as Senator Rubio desire for themselves the power to overrule markets — to limit trade and property rights, enterprise and exchange — in the service of what Senator Rubio describes as the “common good.” The problems with that are several. For one thing, Senator Rubio does not know what the common good is and has no way of knowing. For another thing, we know quite well, from long experience, how such vague and plastic notions of the “common good” interact with the discrete good. [Emphasis added]
We agree with Kevin why it is a problem. As Kevin kindly puts it, there are at least several reasons why any modifier to capitalism really become crony as in crony capitalism. We also agree on the solution:
Capitalism is what happens when government respects property rights, which include the rights to trade and to work. What we need from men in government is not the quasi-metaphysical project of reinventing capitalism in the name of the “common good.” What we need from government is — government.
It is nice to be in the orphanage with Kevin. We could be a category like Capitalistic Orphans. We wonder if Dave Barry would like that as a band name? The problem is that voters (or at the very least political advisors) seem to like quasi-metaphysical projects for the economy and society, e.g., MAGA. Thus, for Capitalistic Orphans is option is not finding a majority but finding enough support to become a faction on the right. We hope you will join us.