In the fall of 2016, I was a left communist. As any Marxist can tell you, ideology can blind one to the insights that might disrupt one’s political adhesions. Only it was Marxist ideology itself that blinded me.
Stagnation is real, but it isn’t “secular”—that is, sluggish growth doesn’t have to happen. The coming stagnation isn’t foreordained; it is simply the inevitable outcome of a progressive agenda that disdains free enterprise.
We can now see that the rapid growth of the libertarian movement in the 1970s is firmly rooted in the legacy of the American Revolution. But if this legacy is so vital to the American tradition, what went wrong?