Libertarians believe freedom is catalyst for progress

A blog post last week raised the question: Would a libertarian society be doomed to fail? It linked to a commentary by Nick Hanauer and Eric Liu that argued that “radical libertarianism” would be a disaster “if ever put into practice at the scale of something bigger than a tiny enclave.” Aaron Ross Powell, a research fellow at the Cato Institute, has responded, arguing that “private individuals are capable of amazing things if given the opportunity to exercise their ingenuity,” and that “too often, the state stands in the way.” He contends that rather than being selfish or anti-community, libertarians “want to make the world better for everyone – and believe freedom is the best catalyst for progress.”