Last Wednesday, the oft-associated libertarians and conservatives took off the gloves in an attempt to answer the question, “Which is the more desirable philosophy?” Debating on the libertarian side was Liya Palagashvili, an Institute for Justice intern, and Cato intern Sara Scarlett. On the conservative side was Daniel Anderson and Shannon Hale, both of whom are Heritage interns.
Cato intern Sara Scarlett, on the libertarian side, jumped on the question in her opening remarks stating that conservatism is not even a philosophy at all. Institute for Justice intern and SFL Executive Board Member Liya Palagashvili also had some fantastic and fiery points.
But don’t just take my word for it, watch the video!
The debate inspired Bryan Caplan of George Mason University and EconLog to blog about the issue of libertarianism v conservatism in two distinct posts. Opening up his two-part series he says, “I had a blast at Wednesday’s Libertarianism vs. Conservatism Debate at Cato. It’s great to see students who care enough about fundamental ideas to publicly argue about them. Some attendees would have preferred a more focused topic, but I would have just slightly tweaked it to: “Why Libertarians Should Be Conservatives / Why Conservatives Should Be Libertarians.” Check out Bryan’s posts, Why Libertarians Should Be Conservatives and Why Conservatives Should Be Libertarians.