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Class War For Idiots / Libertards / July 31, 2012

Calling yourself a libertarian today is a lot like wearing a mullet back in the nineteen eighties. It sends a clear signal: business up front, party in the back.

You know, those guys who call themselves “socially liberal but fiscally conservative”? Yeah. It’s for them.

Today, the ruling class knows that they’ve lost the culture wars. And unlike with our parents, they can’t count on weeping eagles and the stars ‘n bars to get us to fall in line. So libertarianism is their last ditch effort to ensure a succession to the throne.

Republicans freak you out but think the Democrats are wimps? You must be a libertarian! Want to sound smart and thoughtful in front of your boss without alienating your “socially liberal” buds? Just say the L-word, pass the coke and everyone’s happy!

Just look at how they play it up as the “cool” alternative to traditional conservatism. It’s pathetic. George Will wore the bowtie. But Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie wears an ironic D.A.R.E. t-shirt. And don’t forget the rest of his all-black wardrobe, complete with leather jacket. What a totally with-it badass.

***

With such a bleak economic forecast for the Millennials, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that our elites want to make “libertarianism” shorthand for “political disaffection.” Now there’s a demographic with some growth potential. And it’s inspired a lot of poorly-sourced, speculative babble about how “the kids have all gone Galt,” almost always through the personal anecdotes of young white men.

A couple of months ago, after Harvard released a poll on the political views of Millennials, libertarians took to the internet to tell the world how the youth of America was little more than a giant anarcho-capitalist sleeper cell–ready to overthrow the state and privatize the air supply at a moment’s notice. So I took a look at the poll numbers. And you know what? It’s utter horseshit.

Right off the bat, we’re told that 79% of Millennials don’t consider themselves politically-engaged at all so, uh, keep that in mind.

Much is made of the fact that less than half of the survey respondents thought the government should provide free health care to those who can’t afford it. What they don’t mention is that that number (44 percent) is twice the percentage who say they stand against (22 percent) such “hand outs.” Nearly a third didn’t think one way or the other.

Then we hear that the poll proves kids don’t care about climate change. But they don’t mention that slightly more Millennials wanted the government to do more on that front than they’re doing now–even if it hurt economic growth. Nearly half, you guessed it, “neither agree nor disagree.” (Come on kids, Rock the Vote!)

More Millennials identify as liberals than conservatives. Hardly any of them (10 percent) support the libertarian-embraced Tea Party. About three-quarters say they despise congressional Republicans.

Nearly two-thirds voted for Obama in 2008. Slightly over half approve of him now. Nearly three-quarters of Millennials hate congressional Republicans. 55% trust in the U.S. military, one of the largest state-socialist programs in the entire world, also responsible for, you know, those wars that libertarians supposedly hate.

Over a quarter put their faith in the federal government all or most of the time, and 55% “some of the time.” Only 17% answered “never.” And despite all their supposed Ron Paul love, they trust the “globalist” United Nations even more than they do the feds.

A little nibble here with only 36% approving of Obama’s handling of the budget deficit, but then again, that’s actually better than his rating on the deficit with Americans of all ages. Plus, worrying about the budget deficit is how dumb people have tried to sound smart since the days of FDR. And most people are dumb.

And when we finally get down to a hypothetical libertarian match-up between Obama and Ron Paul—41 percent pick Obama and only 27 percent pick Paul.

Oh, but the kiddies are cool with gay marriage and tired of bombing brown people overseas? No shit. That just makes them normal people living in the 21st century. I’m for single-payer health care and can’t stand Barney Frank. Does that mean I sip the Kool-Aid at the Lyndon LaRouche compound?

None of this should be too surprising. For almost two decades, roughly two-thirds of the American public have supported what we’d call a moderate European welfare state—putting the average U.S. citizen significantly to the left of the Democratic party, a center/center-right organization saddled, much to their dismay, with a perpetually-disappointed center-left constituency.

But hey, our ruling class would shit a brick if any of that wealth redistribution stuff happened over here. Which is why “this is a center-right nation” has been a favorite Fox News talking point for over ten years. It’s only now—after Occupy Wall Street forced their hand—that the media is finally willing to admit that it might be bullshit.

But libertarianism? Our ruling class is totally fine with that. Smoke your reefer and sodomize whomever you please, just keep your mouth shut and hand over your Social Security account.

***

Never trust a hippietarian

I get the appeal. The state’s been sticking it to working folks for decades. It seems almost unimaginable that Big Government could ever be run by us and not the One Percent.

But child labor laws, the Civil Rights act, federal income tax, minimum wage laws, Social Security, Medicare, food safety—libertarians have accused all of them as infringements upon the free market that would lead to economic ruin. And over and over again, they’ve been proven wrong. Life goes on—a little less gruesomely—and society prospers.

“There is no such thing as a free-market,” economist Ha-Joon Chang has said repeatedly. “A market looks free only because we so unconditionally accept its underlying restrictions that we fail to see them.”

In other words, markets are social institutions, just as much under the thumb of politics and government as everything else. Which means they’re subject to democratic pressures, as they should be.

And what you “earn” from said markets? Chang: “All our wages are, at root, politically determined.” Despite what Ron Paul’s trolls might have you believe, gold Krugerrands don’t spray out your asshole every time you type up a spreadsheet or pour a Grande mochachino for your next customer.

Capitalism has always been a product of Big Government. Ever since the railroads of the nineteenth century, to Silicon Valley, Big Pharma and the banks, the Nanny State has been there all along, passing subsidies and tax breaks, and eating the costs the private sector doesn’t want.

So whenever a libertarian says that capitalism is at odds with the state, laugh at him. It’s like saying that the NFL is “at war” with football fields. To be a libertarian is to say that God or the universe marked up that field, squirted out the pigskins from the bowels of the earth and handed down the playbooks from Mt. Sinai.

***

When a Red like me wants to argue for something like universal health care or free college tuition, we can point to dozens of wealthy democratic societies doing just that. The Stalinist left is nothing more than a faint memory. But where are the libertarian Utopias?

General Pinochet’s Chile was a longtime favorite. But seeing as how it relied on a fascist coup—with a big assist from Nixon and Kissinger—Chile’s lost a bit of that Cold War luster. So these days, for the slightly more with-it libertarian, we get Singapore as the model of choice.

Hey, isn’t that where the Facebook guy lives these days? That’s pretty “hip”!

Ah, Singapore: a city-state near the very top in the world when it comes to “number of police” and “execution rate” per capita. It’s a charming little one-party state where soft-core pornography is outlawed, labor rights are almost nonexistent and gay sex is banned. Expect a caning if you break a window. And death for a baggie of cocaine.

But hey: no capital gains tax! (Freedom!)

Singapore: Libertarian Paradise

It’s not like any of this will make it through the glassy eyes of the true-believers. Ludwig von Mises, another libertarian pin-up boy, wrote in 1927 that, “Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization.”

Lately, Ron Paul’s economic advisor has been claiming that Communist Party-ruled China has a freer market than the U.S.’s.

***

So let’s talk a little about this freedom they’re always going on about. Or, to paraphrase Lenin, the libertarian’s ultimate nemesis: freedom for who to do what?

Most American adults spend about half their waking hours at a job. And during that time, libertarians do not give a flying fuck about your liberty. Instead, they condone the most brutal of tyrannies all in the name of a private employer’s freedom.

Racial discrimination, verbal abuse, random drug testing, body-searches, sexual harassment, illegal termination, email monitoring, union busting, even withholding piss-breaks–ask any libertarian how they feel about workplace unfreedom and they’ll tell you: “Hey man, if you don’t like it, you have the freedom to get another job.” If folks are hiring. But with four-and-a-half applicants for every job, they’re probably not.

Here’s another thing libertarians always forget to mention: a free-market capitalist society has never and by definition can never lead to full-employment. It has to be made to by—you guessed it—the Nanny State. Free market capitalism actually requires a huge mass of the unemployed—it’s not just a side effect.

And make no mistake: corporate America loves a high unemployment rate.

When most everyone has a job, workers are less likely to take shit. They do nutty things like join unions, demand better wages and refuse to work off-the-clock. They start to stand up to real power: not to the EPA, and not the King of England, but to their bosses.

But with a real unemployment rate close to 20 percent, that ain’t happening. Well, fuck. Better sign up for that Big Government welfare state they’re always whining about. Hey, don’t worry. You could always sell a little crack and turn a few tricks. Libertarians totally support that.

After all, that’s your freedom, dude!

***

Libertarianism isn’t some cutting-edge political philosophy that somehow transcends the traditional “left to right” spectrum. It’s a radical, hard-right economic doctrine promoted by wealthy people who always end up backing Republican candidates, no matter how often they talk about civil liberties, ending the wars and legalizing pot. Funny how that works.

It’s the “third way” for a society in which turning against capitalism or even taking your foot off the pedal is not an option. Thanks to our shitty constitution and the most violent labor history in the West, we never even got a social-democratic party like the rest of the developed world.

So what do we get? The libertarian line: “No, no: the problem isn’t that we’re too capitalist. It’s that we’re not capitalist enough!”

Genius.

At a time in which our society has never been more interdependent in every possible way, libertarians think they’re John fucking Wayne looking out over his ranch with an Apache scalp in his belt, or John fucking Galt doing…whatever it is he does. (Collect vintage desk toys from the Sharper Image?)

Their whole ideology is like a big game of Dungeons & Dragons. It’s all make-believe, except for the chain-mail–they brought that from home. Elves, dwarves and fair maidens for capital. Even with the supposedly “good ones”—anti-war libertarians—we’re still talking about people who think Medicare’s going to lead to Stalinism.

So my advice is to call them out.

Ask them what their beef really is with the welfare state. First, they’ll talk about the deficit and say we just can’t afford entitlement programs. Well, that’s obviously a joke, so move on. Then they’ll say that it gives the government tyrannical power. Okay. Let me know when the Danes open a Guantánamo Bay in Greenland.

Here’s the real reason libertarians hate the idea. The welfare state is a check against servility towards the rich. A strong welfare state would give us the power to say Fuck You to our bosses—this is the power to say “I’m gonna work odd jobs for twenty hours a week while I work on my driftwood sculptures and play keyboards in my chillwave band. And I’ll still be able to go to the doctor and make rent.”

Sounds like freedom to me.

Connor Kilpatrick is the managing editor of Jacobin magazine.

Would you like to know more? Read “Thirty More Years of Hell” and “Silent Majority Millennials” by Connor Kilpatrick.

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  • 1. lolberals  |  August 10th, 2012 at 11:55 am

    The comment section is the definition of “painful for libertards”

  • 2. guest  |  August 13th, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    It’s weird. I have spent my whole life on my knees groveling to plutocrats who never recognize my services to them. Then I read this, someone who stands up and says things in his own interest. And he’s not a plutocrat! And it makes me so angry I have to write a comment to defend my plutocrat Masters, who sadly, will never recognize me.

  • 3. better than you  |  August 14th, 2012 at 6:37 am

    “Here’s another thing libertarians always forget to mention: a free-market capitalist society has never and by definition can never lead to full-employment. It has to be made to by—you guessed it—the Nanny State. Free market capitalism actually requires a huge mass of the unemployed—it’s not just a side effect.”

    Nor can any system, child.

    Look up the definition of full employment. It is not everyone having a job. It is where labor resources are being used in the most efficient way.

    Just everyone having jobs is not enough. Labor needs to be used efficiently (time is the only resource that actually matters; wasting time is the only sin that exists). Having bureaucracy does not eliminate efficiency. It creates it.

    Unemployed people are also not necessarily good for companies either. You falsely assume that the labor available meets the requirements of those who purchase labor.

    Guess you forgot your economics classes, eh?

    This is the type of stupidity I have come to expect from Americans. “I know it all, even when I do not.”

  • 4. lester  |  August 14th, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    any press is good press, especially when your rugged individualist heroes call you a whimpering loser servicing billionaires. thanks guys. i’m not weird, just libertarian.

  • 5. Paul Ryan  |  August 15th, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hi. I’m Paul Ryan. I’m a Papist and a Nathan Branden wannabe. I just want to put in a good word for my friends Peter Thiel, Nick Gillespie, Penn Jillette, and my new BFF, Mitt Romney, the next COO of the United States of America. After we all engage in a manly circle jerk and cum in each others’ pig-shaped mouths, America, we plan to fuck you up the ass with Ronald Reagan’s embalmed penis. Aren’t you excited? And guess what? We’re even more so, suckers.

  • 6. A D  |  August 19th, 2012 at 1:41 am

    Haha, I’m not subscribed to Jacobin, but I was told that it’s a serious hard-left journal. Hence I laughed out loud (it’s late) when I noticed that this awful piece was written by one of their editors. Here’s some help, Connor: people think you’re a crank because you’re oblivious to criticism. Why deal with academic market liberals when you can misrepresent one of them (Mises) and mock the kids?

    Of course, I wouldn’t defend the by now familiar behavior of hordes of e-libertarians which were spawned during Ron Paul’s ’08 and ’12 presidential campaigns. They’re obnoxious and pretend to have read more than they have, mirroring the left’s youth. Still, that they are able to see through Connor’s set of adolescent political narratives makes them allies.

    Gina, yes, Hoppe is a crank ideologue. I wish I could tell you that no one takes him seriously, but the Rothbard Institute (LvMI) does promote his writing. Unfortunately, this means that some young libertarians read him. To say that he is rejected by the rest of us out of “squeamishness” isn’t honest, though.

    Septeus7 writes: “They hate concept of government because it’s control of society by the mind instead of the arbitrary authority of the propertied elite.”

    Haha!

  • 7. obrother  |  August 31st, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    This commentard doesn’t actually know anything because he’s been brainwashed by libertarianism. Also, Connor Kilpatrick is a filthy liar. A rascal! A scoundrel I say!

    Connor quoted the Austrian-school fascist Ludwig von Mises,

    “Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization.”

    This makes is sound like Mises is praising fascism. This would come as a shock to anyone who is actually retarded enough to read Mises. Or even someone who has memorized the propaganda .

    Connor left out the rest:

    “The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history. But though its policy has brought salvation for the moment, it is not of the kind which could promise continued success. Fascism was an emergency makeshift. To view it as something more would be a fatal error.”

    Consider that Mises just spent the previous entire page contrasting his own views, which he describes as liberal in the early 20th century usage of the word, with fascism and socialism. He criticizes both for wholesale eliminating their opponents, because violence is acceptable to them in achieving their ends.

    Read for yourself: http://mises.org/liberal/ch1sec10.asp

    Last paragraph.

    Connor, this misleading quote is intellectually dishonest. Much of the rest of what you write is, too, but this is the most egregious example, so I’m focusing on it: a mis-quote that intentionally distorts meaning.

    I call on you to laugh at my comment. It’s the honest thing to do.

  • 8. obrother  |  August 31st, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Here I am again commentarding. The AEC apparently refuses to improve two of my comments in a row so lucky you, you get to read me as my unimproved self:

    Connor quoted the Austrian-school economist Ludwig von Mises,

    “Fascism and similar movements aiming at the establishment of dictatorships are full of the best intentions and that their intervention has, for the moment, saved European civilization.”

    This makes is sound like Mises is praising fascism. This would come as a shock to anyone who has actually read Mises. Or even someone who has read the entire quote.

    Connor left out the rest:

    “The merit that Fascism has thereby won for itself will live on eternally in history. But though its policy has brought salvation for the moment, it is not of the kind which could promise continued success. Fascism was an emergency makeshift. To view it as something more would be a fatal error.”

    Consider that Mises just spent the previous entire page contrasting his own views, which he describes as liberal in the early 20th century usage of the word, with fascism and socialism. He criticizes both for wholesale eliminating their opponents, because violence is acceptable to them in achieving their ends.

    Read for yourself: http://mises.org/liberal/ch1sec10.asp

    Last paragraph.

    Connor, this misleading quote is intellectually dishonest. Much of the rest of what you write is, too, but this is the most egregious example, so I’m focusing on it: a mis-quote that intentionally distorts meaning.

    I call on you to redact this comment and apologize for this journalistic misrepresentation. It’s the honest thing to do.

  • 9. obrother  |  August 31st, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Please do the right thing and put me out of my libertard misery.

  • 10. Gerald  |  September 5th, 2012 at 8:13 am

    The last paragraph of this long hate-filled diatribe basically amounts to “I want to barely contribute to society while leeching off of the productive members” so your definition of freedom comes at the expense of another (after all someone somewhere has to provide that free healthcare). The difference between your utopia and the libertarian utopia is that you want to use force to achieve your means. Hardly an ideal worth fighting for…Totally, just ask our Supreme Libertarian Leaders Charles and David Koch. They worked had for their trust fund wealth.

  • 11. LEFTTOFACE  |  October 20th, 2012 at 10:22 am

    “Then they’ll say that it gives the government tyrannical power. Okay. Let me know when the Danes open a Guantánamo Bay in Greenland.”

    That’s a stupid fucking comparison. The Danes, for one, can’t afford to build a Guantanmo Bay in Greenland because, *gasp, they have limited FUNDS AND GOVERNMENT POWER to do that! LOL! You moron. Denmark is also about 1/300 the size of America. Everyone knows everyone in Denmark, so big governments can work, because if you screw someone in Denmark, you essentially screw your neighbor.

  • 12. gay4liberty1775  |  November 26th, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    Oh eXiled, how I love reading you

    Please, libertarianism is a retarded choice and rooted in the Kochs’ belief that government is a brake on the evil of the corporations you fear. Just as you feel that corporations exploit the worker, I feel the Kochs boots on my tongue, and mmmm do I enjoy licking their boots!

  • 13. KrsC  |  December 11th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Seriously, this hurt my brain:

    “Here’s the real reason libertarians hate the idea. The welfare state is a check against servility towards the rich. A strong welfare state would give us the power to say Fuck You to our bosses—this is the power to say “I’m gonna work odd jobs for twenty hours a week while I work on my driftwood sculptures and play keyboards in my chillwave band. And I’ll still be able to go to the doctor and make rent.”

    Sounds like freedom to me.”

    It actually sounds like I am grown fag who misses my mommy’s umbilical cord to me. This is why welfare scares me, cuz I’m still sucking mommy’s umbilical cord. myah!

  • 14. Marion Delgado  |  December 17th, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    Objection: postulates a brain not in evidence. Therefore, claimed harm is undoubtedly spurious.

  • 15. Steve  |  December 26th, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    http://www.bastiat.org/en/the_law.html

    “Please understand that I do not dispute their right to invent social combinations, to advertise them, to advocate them, and to try them upon themselves, at their own expense and risk. But I do dispute their right to impose these plans upon us by law — by force — and to compel us to pay for them with our taxes.

    I do not insist that the supporters of these various social schools of thought — the Proudhonists, the Cabetists, the Fourierists, the Universitarists, and the Protectionists — renounce their various ideas. I insist only that they renounce this one idea that they have in common: They need only to give up the idea of forcing us to acquiesce to their groups and series, their socialized projects, their free-credit banks, their Graeco-Roman concept of morality, and their commercial regulations. I ask only that we be permitted to decide upon these plans for ourselves; that we not be forced to accept them, directly or indirectly, if we find them to be contrary to our best interests or repugnant to our consciences.

    But these organizers desire access to the tax funds and to the power of the law in order to carry out their plans. In addition to being oppressive and unjust, this desire also implies the fatal supposition that the organizer is infallible and mankind is incompetent. But, again, if persons are incompetent to judge for themselves, then why all this talk about universal suffrage?”

    You don’t have to like us, and we don’t have to like you. Just leave us the fuck alone, and we will do the same for you.

  • 16. It's Slappening  |  January 18th, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    LOL BUTTHURT!

  • 17. Will L.P.  |  February 9th, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    Shoe me ONE piece of evidence or SOURCE where the “elite” has called for libertarianism? Besides the billionaire Koch brothers, that is. Just one source besides the richest brothers in the world who invented libertarianism…

  • 18. Will L.P.  |  February 9th, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    LOL @ these comments. All I say is the same hate-rhetoric and ignorance coming from the liberals who are vested in their “team”…just like the way repubs are vested in their “team”…picking sides is for the simple minded.

    NOT ONE COMMENT I’ve seen has libertarian right. Slave owners? Higher taxes? ROFL! That’s the OPPOSITE of libertarianism.

    Why do stupid people feel the need to label anyway? You can’t just be a good person anymore, you have to be affiliated with someone so the liberals know in what way they will hate you.

  • 19. Cavoyo  |  March 27th, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    @165 First give back all of the wealth you’ve stolen from American tribes and African slaves. Then we can talk about “being left alone.” Also, I don’t remember Europeans “peacefully acquiescing” to Native Americans and Africans who didn’t want to be colonized and enslaved to build capitalism. I don’t remember bosses “peacefully acquiescing” to workers who wanted to unionize. Libertarians are nothing more than the most vile of hypocrites, thieves that demand you respect their “right” to their stolen property, abusers who demand non-violence as they beat you senseless.

  • 20. toya  |  June 2nd, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Hello! This post couldn’t be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my old room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  • 21. Michael Price  |  August 21st, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    When you start from the premise that the ruling class like libertarians you make me look stupid. Look at how the ruling class actually treats libertarians – showers them with hundreds of millions. Look at how Ron Paul got treated – the Kochs made him head of Citizens for a Sound Economy. Establishment Republicans are one pawn, libertarians another. So to claim that libertarianism is some sort of last ditch defence against progressivism is right. I should do my damn research next time so that the AEC doesn’t have to improve my retarded comments.

  • 22. Michael Price  |  August 21st, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    “General Pinochet’s Chile was a longtime favorite. ”
    Nope, (some) libertarians said that Pinochet’s Chile was economically better than Allende’s Chile. That’s not called being a utopia, that’s called being halfway decent. And it didn’t require a fascist coup to get it that way, it required fascist generals to STOP BEING AS FASCIST. After the coup there were 2 years of the economy being horrible, even though they scrapped some of the more egregious errors of Allende. The Generals got so desperate they actually asked someone advise, and Milton Friedman gave it. They gave up some of their power and things got better.

    Oh, and also I believe in the Tooth Fairy, because the PR firm I work for told me that our libertarian client wants us to believe in the Tooth Fairy, and you know, Customer Is King!

  • 23. neptronix  |  August 22nd, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    I’m really proud of myself for donating to you guys years ago.

  • 24. Tom Walls  |  August 22nd, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    This comment proves that I’ve lived my entire life as a bootlicking tool to Master Koch.

  • 25. Ady  |  August 22nd, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    I am not a libertarian [well okay actually I am, and a troll to boot, but my Master tells me that if I begin a trolling comment pretending to have nothing personal at stake, that people will believe I’m sincere, so I hope it’s working! ;)] in the game but this read has been painful. I kept looking for an attempt at a rational argument and instead I kept running into sarcasm and empty statements served as truth. Well.. to be honest you presented some numbers about the Millennials but that doesn’t prove that the whole libertarian ideology is wrong.

    I have a hard time identifying with a group because any form of collectivism disgusts me. It’s not about what I am, it’s about what I do and that is: I follow the Non Aggression Principle.

    I was raised under one of the worst communist dictatorships in recent history (very similar to North Korea today) and I almost died because of socialized health care. I saw the true colors of the state and I cannot unsee them. The people like you that grew up pampered by a relatively free market, that vomit communist non sense and talk about things they have absolutely no idea about, make me sick to my stomach.

    You are either delusional, incredibly infantile or outright thieves. Self entitled cowards that don’t have the guts to rob me in the street, empowering the state instead so they can do the job for you.

    You know… because all you want is to “work on [your] driftwood sculptures and play keyboards in [your] chillwave band” and suck at it because if you were really talented you would make enough money from it to pay for your health care.

    That, my dear “red” is who you are, a self entitled, talentless parasite with delusions of grandeur. What you described is not freedom. Your freedom cannot come at a cost that another is forced to pay against their will. That is the opposite of freedom and you are just too stupid to make the difference or too evil to care.

  • 26. TomS  |  August 23rd, 2013 at 7:06 am

    This is nothing but a smear piece written by a half-wit for the jeering approval of his fellow Statist butt-licks. Libertarians all suck because we read too much? We’re f*ckt*rds who support child labor because we don’t buy the government line on claiming credit for stopping it? Nick Gillespie is uncool because he wears a leather jacket which is like a mullet? WTF? Say it isn’t so. There are people this stoopid out there who can put even simple words into sentences and get approving comments. Ugg. All is lost. Man is not a thinking animal. He is a story telling one.

  • 27. Ray  |  August 23rd, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I just want to be left alone. And keep the money I earn from my labor. Is that so terrible? Instead I am a slave to the state 32% of my adult life.

  • 28. Dave  |  October 22nd, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Wow! New levels of foul mouth laced stupidity here. The funniest parts are the posters who actually believe and cheer what this Neanderthal writes. Non-stop ranting filled with mere opinions and zero facts about sums up this verbal vomit.

    Have fun kiddos. I am going back to my successful capitalist libertarian loving life. I look forward to the next OWS (aka I am a whiney bitch that can’t make it in the real world) demonstration on my very big and expensive TV. Suckers.

  • 29. Chris  |  October 30th, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Great article! It pretty much sums up how I have been feeling but haven’t been able to verbalize when talking to people about how Libertarian is the new black for Republican douche nozzles.

  • 30. Connor  |  March 2nd, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    What a load of drivel libertarianism is. Commenters who can’t handle this article (such as myself) are just little pussy boys afraid that libertarianism can’t stand up to any real scrutiny. What a frightened little fag-commenter I am.

  • 31. Angie  |  September 28th, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    I’m a whining butt-maggot on Master Koch’s taint, and I will do whatever it takes to protect my Master. Because that’s what libertarian butt-maggots do.

  • 32. Stacey E.  |  October 19th, 2014 at 4:13 am

    I always find it fascinating when someone makes the “socially liberal,fiscally blah blah blah” speech, because they aren’t EVER socially liberal. I’m guessing their idea of being socially liberal is “maybe” thinking abortion could possibly be acceptable, maybe in the case of rape, but God knows, we’re soon gonna put an end to THAT, too.

  • 33. Mark Davis  |  December 16th, 2014 at 8:20 am

    What is it about a voluntary society that is so hard for a Koch butt-maggot like me to understand that it’s a giant ruse by the rich to fool suckers like me?

    Here is some really stupid shit that I feel for that pretends to show the real difference between libertarians and authoritarians/progressives: http://www.strike-the-root.com/progressives-libertarians-and-selfishness


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