Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Libertarian Surprise

The left of left Mother Jones has published a timeline of libertarian thought, apparently in an attempt to figure us out. I found this little surprise:

1935: Laura Ingalls Wilder publishes Little House on the Prairie. Libertarians claim her daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, a prominent libertarian author at the time, was the ghostwriter. In 2003 Reason magazine will praise the books for placing "community and commerce—rather than male adventure, escape and violence—at the heart of our national experience."

I really enjoyed the Little House on the Prairie series when I was young, but I can't remember reading anything vaguely libertarian, or political at all. In fact, there were no politics, and no government for the most part, on the prairie. I suppose that could be the secret.

Show how it would work, did work. Thinking back on it, I remember how real it felt. No utopia here- the family got sick, the dog died. But there was love, and through hardwork the family improved their situation. Might have to read them again just to see...

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