Libertarian Follies, Part 1Sunday, March 30, 2014
I’ve been quietly watching the follies of the libertarian movement. When certain libertarian folks undertake a drastic shift of alliances from ABC to XYZ, this should set off a red light for anyone with half a brain, or at least you would think so. Especially when the shifting-alliance types are now snuggling up to the Kochtopus and Cato, as well as many of the other non-libertarian Beltway adherents and fanboys. It actually becomes kinda fun to watch all of the back-biting and shifting alliances as these folks try to get themselves into a position for garnering a following and an occasional paycheck. And nearly all of these folks don’t have a real job.
Also, when these folks have writing archives full of ABC, and they are now writing XYZ, should that set off a 2nd set of wildly blinking red lights? It appears not. Very few people seem to question their sudden turnaround in ideology and presentation and alliances. I find it bizarre when these folks revel in their self-imposed, libertarian “fame” as they draw in their latest band of cult-ish followers by switching their philosophy to writing (or speaking about) politically correct, left-wing hit pieces decrying the so-called racism(?) and sexism(?) and any other “ism” in the libertarian movement, and without even naming names or rationally taking to task a particular incident. The new obsession with this stuff, while bizarre, is not a shocker. For those with a history in this movement, we know the folks for whom these hit pieces are intended.
It is becoming a hobby for some of these left-wing rhetoricians to constantly preach to their cult about other libertarians who are “assholes,” yet these “asshole” libertarians have never so much as bothered, or mingled with, the rhetoricians who roam from place to place talking about others. But this is how the rhetoricians bring attention to themselves as they plaster their yappity mugs all over YouTube with their boring interviews and long-winded dialogues.
Oh, and yeah, the Ron Paul newsletters are *still* getting mention from this crowd, as if the irrelevance of that topic can someday be made relevant. Even The Atlantic couldn’t make that issue relevant.
People call this “in-fighting,” but actually, it is not that at all. It’s just a band of underemployed/unemployed attention seekers with far too much time on their hands, looking for a band of brothers to love and accept them (and invite them to speak somewhere, anywhere).
This still remains the bastion of liberty and scholarship: The Mises Institute.