Re: Means and Ends (Joshua Cohen & Glenn Loury)
This is a very good analysis, I think, although one group that is left out is those for whom the erosion of civil liberties is a top priority. I self-identify as a moderate libertarian, so I suppose I could fit into 3, but this is by far the most important issue to me. I just cannot imagine voting for anyone like the President who has a "star chamber" in the White House with a secret membership of faceless bureaucrats that prepares a death list for him of "enemies of the state", which he then uses to justify killing these people with drone missiles no matter who they are or where they are. And, of course, the Republican candidates besides Paul claim to believe that President Obama is too soft on civil liberties. So, no matter what Paul's other faults may be, this is really the decisive thing for me. I suspect that there are many on the left who feel the same way, although they are very far from being libertarians otherwise. I do know that the prominent liberal blogger Glenn Greenwald seems to have expressed similar opinions.