Elizabeth Warren vs. Libertarianism

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Sept. 21 2011 6:47 PM

Elizabeth Warren vs. Libertarianism

Previously, all I'd say about Elizabeth Warren was that Republicans were too glib in comparing her to Martha Coakley. I'd revise that: Not only is Warren better on the stump than Coakley, she's starting to star in viral videos of the Chris Christie style. On liberal news sites, this one's racking up thousands of Facebook shares and likes -- not Christie territory yet, but promising.

I hear all this, you know, "Well, this is class warfare, this is..." whatever. No. There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter. 

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