Watching the Iowa caucuses last night, the rising popularity of libertarianism really struck me. Although Ron Paul came in third place, he had near majority support among Republican voters under 30. If we are not proactive, libertarianism could be our future.

If you do not find that scary, check out the Tea Party plan to destroy the government and any sense of collective responsibility for societal problems.

Let’s hope the religious impulses on the Right will continue to temper the threat of radical individualism, even as they pose their own threat to democratic values.

Better yet, let’s hope the religious Left and the Occupy movement are able to turn things around and revive the values of fairness, accountability, and respect for human dignity.

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