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meet a libertarian! then punch him in the neck (I kid!)
June 14, 2011, 7:18 pm
Filed under: libertarian


Reader, I’m assuming you’re an adult, which means you’re just as flummoxed as I by the phenomenon of people over 25, with IQs at or above bathwater, openly proclaiming themselves libertarian. I’m assuming you’re aware that every man-made object you’ve touched today involved some degree of regulation by government, and that you probably understand why, and perhaps are even conversant with 19th century fatality rates from railroad and industrial accidents directly attributable to laissez-faire. Or, if you’ve only been paying attention since the dawn of the 21st century, you might recall how large-scale domestic processors of meat, eggs, spinach or peanuts have behaved when they thought no one was watching, let alone how the Chinese believed a soupçon of automotive solvents added that certain something to pet food.

What I’m saying is there is no way you can believe this shit and claim to’ve thought anything out. And in a country which has seen armed international conflict over the shooting of a pig, mass panic over a science-fiction radio broadcast, injury to hundreds of its citizens who thought a picture of a lemon on a free sample bottle of dish soap meant it would zest up a glass of iced tea, and the career of Sarah Palin, the Great Light Bulb Rebellion is absolutely the stupidest political movement of all time.

And to conclude today’s effort to understand libertarianism;

I grow more convinced every day that libertarianism only exists to give young Republicans something marginally less repulsive to call themselves when they’re trying to get laid.


credit where due
April 18, 2011, 6:53 pm
Filed under: libertarian, republicans

David Frum is a former Reagan speechwriter* whom I have often referred to as, “oh, that asshat.”  In this piece he eloquently states the folly of trying to rebirth the nation as a libertarian ideal and argues that harmony between conservative sensibility and the social welfare state exists, should it choose to reveal itself.   Peace, brother.  You are not an asshat today.

*UPDATE: Mr. Frum was George W. Bush’s speechwriter.  My apologies. Republicans all look the same to me.