Monday, May 23, 2016

Libertarian Stupidity

I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Libertarianism as it is in our time is a maddening masala of brilliant insights, economic erudition, smugness, and just plain knucklehead stupidity. It's almost as if they don't want to have any influence on the public at large. The stupid part is best described in this guest post by Matt Bailey [link]:

Libertarians have almost completely squandered their opportunities in America's revolutionary moment. They see correctly Joe Sixpack is tired of endless Mid East war, largely tired of drug war, tired of government sticking its nose into every aspect of life, tired of paying through the nose to government. But they fail to see that Joe Sixpack is equally tired of his country being invaded by cheap labor and criminals, tired of the pathologically violent and moronic Black ghettos that make large areas of our cities unlivable, existentially afraid of their jobs being shipped overseas. Since the libertarian movement has has largely, with stunningly autistic stupidity declared all of those horrible problems to be "good things" they lost their moment when they might have had an important place in resurgent America. I regret it deeply. The libetarian critique IS very valuable, except when it veers off into batsh*t insanity for the sake of foolish "consistency".
Quibcag: Illustrated by Lum of Urusei Yatsura (うる星やつら). looking at a bat.

1 comment:

  1. Part of the problem a lot of Americans (not just libertarians) have with immigration restriction or abolition is that they've grown up bathed in treacly propaganda about Ellis Island, happy immigrants weeping with joy at the sight of the Statue of Liberty, and all that. The differences between then and now are that the pressures that led to the "melting pot" are much less powerful because discrimination, and we don't have a booming factory economy.