by Conor Friedersdorf
Chris Beam has written a long piece on libertarianism in New York magazine. Here's a very short excerpt that encapsulates his critique:
There’s always tension between freedom and fairness. We want less government regulation, but not when it means firms can hire cheap child labor. We want a free market, but not so bankers can deceive investors. Libertarianism, in promoting freedom above all else, pretends the tension doesn’t exist.