Part of the deal with libertarianism, in my experience, is that you get to embrace the “me first” economic school while still holding your nose about those churchy rubes in mainstream conservatism. You get all of that welfare mother hating without that anti-science, apocalyptic aftertaste. The only problem is that you always end up supporting social conservatives anyway. I can’t tell you how many people have acted all hurt and offended when I point out that the Koch brothers are just garden variety Republicans. Also too, libertarians get offended when you point out that, however many position papers they published on the police state, Cato’s biggest effect on the world is to elect Republicans– and there’s nothing the GOP likes as much as unfettered police power. It’s tense, is what I’m saying.
One issue that libertarians and social conservatives can always agree on is voucher schools, right? Get the government out of our government schools! Let the benevolent power of the market fix all of our problems. Including the problem where our students are taught that the massacre of American Indians and the Klan weren’t so cool. From Indian Country:
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s voucher program to privatize public education has come under fire recently for spending state tax dollars to teach Bible-based curriculum. An August 7 post on MotherJones.com, a news outlet covering the 2012 elections, took a look at the program and 14 “wacky facts” kids will learn under the state’s new program.
One of those “facts” is that “God used the Trail of Tears to bring many Indians to Christ.” The tidbit comes from a 1994 A Beka Book, which offers Christian education materials, titled America: Land I Love.
Another “fact” the schools will teach is that the Ku Klux Klan “in some areas of the country tried to be a means of reform, fighting the decline in morality and using the symbol of the cross. Klan targets were bootleggers, wife-beaters, and immoral movies. In some communities it achieved a certain respectability as it worked with politicians.” That information comes from United States History for Christian Schools (Bob Jones University Press, 2001).