A libertarian looks at a passage from Barack Obama's second inaugural address:
For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together.In addition to the linked observations, we would add this: Who believes in acting alone? Not the entrepreneur, who marshals capital from investors, ideas from leaders and inventors, productive work from employees, [more often than we would prefer] the consent of regulators, and the engagement of customers to build an enterprise. Not the philanthropist, who inspires a mission in others, recruits volunteers, raises money from contributors, hires leaders, spreads the word, and identifies and helps beneficiaries. And not any conservative I know.
In law school we called that a straw man.