I occasionally poke my head in at Digby's to see what's occupying the minds of liberals, and what should I see today but this:
There is, of course, an actual left libertarianism and it is best articulated by Noam Chomsky, not some wealthy twit like Mackey. Chomsky (and, in some respects, Ralph Nader) have made the case very well for a long time [...].
If you haven't read any books by Chomsky, now is a good time to do it since there seems to be a developing discussion of liberal libertarian philosophy in the commentariat. He's been writing about this stuff for decades and has a fully developed critique right there at the ready.
Digby approvingly mentioning Chomsky and Nader in a single posting? Isn't this a sign of the end times? Should I be watching out for the Midgard Serpent? Really, you could have knocked me over with a twig. Notice that she even included a link to Chomsky's Wikipedia page, apparently fearing—probably with good reason—that some non-trivial number of her regulars would have no idea who the dude with the zany Russian-sounding name was.
Is the great mass of Obama-backing Democrats on the verge of becoming deeply radicalized by exposure to reality? Not bloody likely. Still, I'd much rather see Digby quoting Chomsky than, say, Keith Olbermann.
(See here for some of Chomsky's fully-developed critique of right libertarianism, by the way.)
And a Happy New Year to you all...though personally I won't really be happy about a new year until 2013, when we can start using a sane decadal moniker again.