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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:33 PM
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Libertarianism a "ideology of privilege for socially obtuse adolescent white guys"?
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 08:41 PM by alp227
The Liberal Values blog excerpts from "A Libertarians Lament: Why Ron Paul Is an Embarrassment to the Creed" by Will Wilkinson at The New Republic:

Yet it irks me that, as far as most Americans are concerned, Ron Paul is the alpha and omega of the libertarian creed. If you were an evil genius determined to promote the idea that libertarianism is a morally dubious ideology of privilege poorly disguised as a doctrine of liberation, youd be hard pressed to improve on Ron Paul.

Much of Pauls appeal comes from the impression he conveys of principled ideological coherence. Other Republican presidential aspirants are transparently pandering grab-bags of incoherent compromise. Ron Paul presents himself as a man of conviction devoted to liberty, plain and simple, who follows logics lead and tells it plain. The problem is, often hes not.


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...libertarians have done a terrible job countering the widespread suspicion that theirs is a uselessly abstract ideology of privilege for socially obtuse adolescent white guys. Ron Paul sure isnt helping.
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prairierose Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:39 PM
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1. lovely description.........n/t
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brooklyn297 Donating Member (27 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 06:41 PM
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9. +1
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Sarah Ibarruri Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:42 PM
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2. Someone told me that Libertarians are Republicans who like sex, drugs and rock and roll. nt
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:43 PM
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3. ....obtuse white guys who want to smoke POT.... nt
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:45 PM
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5. That is a strange stereotype. nt
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MADem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:20 PM
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6. I think Bill Maher pretty much 'fessed up to that perspective a few year back, when
he was playing at being a serious libertarian.

Of course, there are "Crunchy Cons"--Republicans who like organic food and Priuses and pot, too....they're like Cafeteria Catholics, only they pick and choose from their party platform. It puts them at odds with the Jesus-Loves-Me-And-Hates-YOU crowd, but they ignore the cognitive dissonance because the whole "Keep yer money and screw the poor" perspective is such a draw for them.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 08:44 PM
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4. Yes, but the definition should include women too.
Edited on Fri Sep-02-11 08:46 PM by ZombieHorde
It is also good for people who hate neighborhoods.
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TalkingDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 09:39 PM
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7. I really wish people would stop lumping the Dalhi Lama, Nelson Mandela and Ron Paul together
Libertarianism can have both liberal and conservative adherents.

And for that reason alone I agree with the OP. People tend to think of it as a solely Conservative ideology.

But in reality, it falls on the spectrum from Authoritarian to Libertarian which can lead to Liberal Libertarians, Conservative Libertarians, Liberal Authoritarians and Conservative Authoritarians.


Trust me, We want the first and not the last.

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applegrove Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-02-11 10:31 PM
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8. Yeah. The whole rand crowd are adolescents.
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