Steve G.

Distorted lens: views of libertarianism from the field

In Libertarian on August 17, 2008 at 2:25 am

I saw the bit below in a comment on a youtube video and thought it’d be interesting to start a thread to collect some of the more vivid distortions of libertarianism. I’ve often thought it’s be cool to have a shirt or bumper strip that said “Libertarians: We don’t Eat Babies”. Anyway, here’s my entry for distorted views of libertarianism; feel free to add a quote you’ve found in the comments:

I wouldn’t follow the libertarians because they’re whackos. The libertarian party is for the secessionists, polygamists, pot-heads, baby-sellers, and for those who want to privatize the air, sideways, and roads. and for those who want to abolish democracy. It is not, however, a party for the decent people.

  1. “No, I won’t vote Libertarian. I HATE communists!”

  2. “Libertarians would have the toughest thug gain power and victimize or enslave everyone around him who couldn’t afford the same level of protection”

    (although, to me, that always sounds suspiciously like the situation we find ourselves in now)

  3. But I DO eat and sell babies–such a good market with few externalities to worry about, as modern psychologists assure me they are not really sentient until after about six weeks….

  4. Perception varies from state to state.

    In Colorado, everyone knows about Libertarians. A good amount of the population like the idea, but don’t wanna give up the wars and what not.

    Here in Illinois, people are born and raised Democrat without acknowledgment of anything else. Some, like my dad, came in as GOP. He has modern conservative radio to feed the hate. Even as his hero Reagan liked to act libertarian, he thought it was a socialist party or something.
    Most other people here just don’t care.
    I was talking with a friend once about politics, and she asked me what I was.
    Me: Libertarian
    Her: Oh…..you know you guys will never win, right?
    Me: Ya

    Everyone else just bursts out laughing and starts insulting my character.

    I love my state.

  5. “he thought it was a socialist party or something”

    This is how it is in Ohio. In the south eastern part of the state hardly anyone has even heard of the Libertarian Party. Those who have think it’s socialist/communist.

  6. I’ve only lived in Ohio a few years, but I’ve learned to pretty much ignore what anyone thinks.

  7. You’re all me and no we.

    Just little Republicans

  8. A zinger from a lib mailing list from someone who calls himself a *libertarian*:

    “I decided to write a blog on Anarchy. That is an existence without governmental rule. This is possible, and many cultures have existed like this. Did they prosper? Well, not really. It depends on how you look at it. There is a film that was just recently released about the Mongolian Empire, and it is about Genghis Khan. Before this one person felt compelled to bring together all the tribes for the good of the people, horrible things happened. I mean, day to day life is OK, but they were always under the threat that some more powerful tribe might raid them. These tribes would steal or rape wives, kill children, and even take all their possessions. The movie is about one man, who really felt the ill effects of Anarchy, who decided he needed to do whatever he could to bring everyone together and establish some laws for the good of the people. These laws were very simple. There were only about 10 of them or so. “

  9. Hmmmm… Let’s see…. “The libertarian party is for the secessionists, polygamists, pot-heads, baby-sellers, and for those who want to privatize the air, sideways, and roads. and for those who want to abolish democracy. It is not, however, a party for the decent people.”

    Well now… sounds pretty damn close to what numerous prags with way too much spare time on their greasy little hands used to say on the LP blog a couple of years ago, about their more consistent, principled brethren.

    So what’s new?

  10. Yes, libertarians, privatizing everything “sideways” since 1971!

    I also favor privatizing things upward and downward.

    Let me note that if a sidewalk needs building, it should be built in the private sector.

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