Religious Right

He Says ‘Materialistic Libertarianism’ Like It’s a Bad Thing

By on 8.18.10 | 3:40PM

In excoriating Ann Coulter for speaking at a conference next month of gay Republicans, Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily says:

"The drift of the conservative movement to a brand of materialistic libertarianism is one of the main reasons we planned this conference from the beginning."

"This conference" is WorldNetDaily's Take Back America conference, from which Farah has disinvited Coulter. Use of "libertarian" as an epithet, and accusations that advocates of a free society are "materialistic," have long troubled me. A few years ago, I picked a fight with Rod Dreher over his idiotic statement:"The tragic flaw of Western economics is that it is based on exploiting and encouraging greed and envy."