Many Americans favor limiting government and are attracted to libertarian ideals. But why are there no libertarian countries? asked Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne. He noted that tea party members “say they want to shrink government in a big way but are uneasy about embracing this concept when reducing Social Security and Medicare comes up.” Dionne also wrote: “This matters to our current politics because too many politicians are making decisions on the basis of a grand, utopian theory that they never can – or will – put into practice. They then use this theory to avoid a candid conversation about the messy choices governance requires.” Suggesting no ideal state of any kind will ever exist, columnist Jonah Goldberg responded: “The revolution wrought by John Locke, Edmund Burke, Adam Smith and the Founding Fathers is the only real revolution going. And it’s still unfolding.”
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