Libertarian Follies, Part 1

Sunday, March 30, 2014
Posted in category Libertarianism

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.

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4 Responses to Libertarian Follies, Part 1

  1. weak stream says:

    March 31st, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    The ‘Brutalist Libertarian’ bs in this article is exactly as you point out. That somehow private property and personal thoughts ought to be up for popular negotiation defies directly any notion of private property/agency. Rand allowed exactly none of this diversion and was tarred and feathered as a result. No. Private property and agency are absolutely not up for sale or negotiation. Bad taste and all.

  2. cousin lucky says:

    April 5th, 2014 at 5:08 am

    Human Beings remain the only dysfunctional species upon planet earth!!

  3. Dana Nutter says:

    April 15th, 2014 at 8:34 am

    Well stated.  I rarely pay much attention to this “movement” any more since I can’t stand activism or activists as I’ve written about myself, and this kind of thing is the main reason, however occasionally an article like this will catch my attention.  There’s really only so much that can be said about real freedom, so the material coming from the increasing numbers of black sheeple out there, mostly wannabe, podcasters, writers, and other “alternative” media.  It all plays like a broken record in a circle jerk of self-righteousness.  With all this competition, it’s only a matter of time before many of them turn to the shock jock format of trying to attract a wider audience to fuel their narcissistic supply and/or their bank accounts.  Of course part of the game involves thinning out the competition for attention so mud slinging is also inevitable. Personally, I’ve completely dissociated from anyone from that scene because frankly they were *all* a bunch of useless attention whores.

  4. Mike says:

    May 20th, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    “This still remains the bastion of liberty and scholarship: The Mises Institute.”

    THIS.

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