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“Libertarian populism” is a fraud

[italic]All the re-brands and disguises in the world cannot obscure what this "new" ideology is really about [/italic]

Question: What is a libertarian populist? Answer: A libertarian in disguise.

That is my conclusion, after perusing much of the recent discussion of whether a new “libertarian populism” (or “populist libertarianism”) could prove to be a winning formula for the exhausted and discredited American right.

At first glance, creating a common ideology to unite the libertarian and populist wings of today’s right must be an appealing idea for GOP strategists. But to succeed, both parents would have to contribute to the genetic makeup of the libertarian populist baby. The leading advocates of libertarian populism, however, look very much like run-of-the-mill libertarians to me.

Ben Domenech, for example, tries to define libertarian populism by arguing that it takes “a few of its aims from the Rand Paul approach – a balanced budget amendment, flatter and simpler taxes, and more – but there is also a stronger focus on issues which cut across party lines, including reform of higher education, prison and justice systems, civil liberty protections, and an assault on D.C. cronyism from green energy to Big Banks.” But all of this is standard-issue libertarianism, including libertarian critiques of “prison and justice systems” and “civil liberty protections.” Nothing new here, folks, move along.

What Domenech and others mean by “populist” appears to be “popular.” They want a popular libertarianism, a libertarianism that majorities of Americans might vote for, not a movement that has anything to do with actual historic populism in the United States, which has generally been, to coin a phrase, illibertarian.

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by Anonymousreply 9505/06/2015

A libertarian is out for number one.

by Anonymousreply 107/31/2013

Libertarianism is freedom for the rich and powerful, slavery for everyone else. Always has been, always will be.

by Anonymousreply 207/31/2013

It's an oxymoron.

by Anonymousreply 308/01/2013

[quote]The poor guy can't even understand that Ayn Rand has nothing to do libertarianism.

You're hilarious.

You don't even understand your own party.

You think "Libertarians" are still "Classical Libertarians". No. You're living in the past (like WAY past).

You're living in denial of reality. Typical of a libertarian of any sort, actually.

by Anonymousreply 508/01/2013

Libertarians cannot and never will be populist. A libertarian is basically someone rich who wants to do what he wants, ie pay no taxes, sleep with who he wants, take whatever drugs he wants etc. By definition that excludes anyone who uses government services, healthcare, education, housing, welfare etc as well as the religious, the police etc. A libertarian is basically the polar opposite of a left-wing populist movement like 'Occupy Wall Street' or populist presidential campaigns by the likes of Dean or Edwards or a right-wing populist movement like the religious right and Pat Buchanan's 1992 'culture war' or Santorum or Huckabee's campaigns.

by Anonymousreply 608/01/2013

What R3 said. And R6.

by Anonymousreply 708/27/2013

libertarians will always be greedy fucks.

by Anonymousreply 808/27/2013

You can't polish a turd.

by Anonymousreply 1008/27/2013

Any time I hear a Libertarian, whether of old OR "new" stripe, I hear that Dave Chappelle character describing a pimp's suit:

[quote]what can I say about that suit that hasn't already been said about Afganistan? It looks bombed out and depleted.

As does hoary old Libertarianism.

by Anonymousreply 1108/27/2013

Yeah, it's beyond selfish self-absorption... it's got a thick layer of petty vindictiveness on top.

by Anonymousreply 1208/27/2013


by Anonymousreply 1308/28/2013

There is something so completely immature, childish, adolescent about the libertarian world-view...

by Anonymousreply 1408/28/2013

R9 To be fair most libertarians would argue welfare, public housing, medicare/Medicaid etc should be replaced by charity. Although clearly charity is something that may not always be able to be relied upon (although to be fair if you have exhausted your time limited welfare benefits now in the US you are largely reliant on charity anyway)

by Anonymousreply 1608/28/2013

R16, this is why I am not a Libertarian in the modern sense because most charities are religious organizations.

I don't trust religious groups though, which makes me closer to being a Libertarian.

I guess I would be a Libertarians that would support most government programs but not war funding, if that type still even exists. It used to, in fact, that is what is called classical, progressive Libertarianism.

Maybe we can revive that type of Libertarianism and create a real movement.

by Anonymousreply 1708/28/2013

[quote]Just because someone is greedy doesn't mean they want everyone else to starve

look up the word greed, it means taking from others

by Anonymousreply 1808/28/2013

Oh no, R15. Thank [bold]YOU[/bold]. Your endlessly repetitive incoherent horseshit guarantees that Libertarians will never, ever be seriously considered for public office in the United States.

by Anonymousreply 1908/28/2013

[quote]Third Parties must really, really scare you all, because that would be real "hope and change," now wouldn't it?

third parties don't scare me, LIBERTARIANS do. I'd happily vote in a viable green candidate. I'd NEVER vote libertarian under ANY circumstance.

by Anonymousreply 2008/28/2013

[quote]I guess I would be a Libertarians that would support most government programs but not war funding, if that type still even exists.

no, it doesn't exist.

by Anonymousreply 2108/28/2013

R16 - That is more the definition of a liberal than a libertarian

by Anonymousreply 2308/28/2013

For somebody who claims they're not a Libertarian, you get awfully butthurt whenever the term is maligned, R24.

Just saying.

by Anonymousreply 2508/28/2013

R24, you dumbass, we have a defense department so we don't have wars coming to our shores.

by Anonymousreply 2608/28/2013

I will concede precisely one point.

Under a Libertarian president, the United States would never again start any wars.

Because a Libertarian president would sell our entire nuclear arsenal to the Russian mafia, who would be our de facto rulers.

We'd also be forced into bartering for survival, but that's another point.

by Anonymousreply 2708/28/2013

Your fantasy libertarians sure do sound like assholes, R27.

by Anonymousreply 2808/28/2013

A Libertarian in office would never be swayed by the other legislators and populace to not go to war? Fantasy.

by Anonymousreply 2908/28/2013

R28: I get on my knees every morning and say a prayer of thanks that real libertarians aren't in power.

by Anonymousreply 3108/28/2013

R15 is utterly delusional. It's almost cute how cluelessly deluded he is.

by Anonymousreply 3308/28/2013

[quote]It's twisted if you think the Patriot Act isn't that bad just because Libertarian Ron Paul is opposed to it.

Ron Paul has absolutely zilch to do with my opinion of the Patriot Act. I hated it under Bush, and I still hate it under Obama.

You assume/presume too much. Like most 'libertarians'.

by Anonymousreply 3408/28/2013

OMG, I have since r15's post so many times on DL I think I have it memorized. Do you have it stored in a word document and just copy and paste it whenever you figure out how to post on DL again after being banned?

by Anonymousreply 3508/28/2013

libertarianism = greedy cunts cunting

by Anonymousreply 3702/15/2014

petulant, selfish children.

by Anonymousreply 3802/15/2014

R36, everything you mention is correct and would be a good idea, however the society that should replace what you're describing would best be a socialist, participatory, proportional democracy. NOT a right-wing corporate dictatorship based on property rights. Fuck the libertarians and all the predators and delusional wanna-be predators.

by Anonymousreply 4102/15/2014

It's that time of the week again...the Libertarian Idiot Troll bumps year-old libertarian threads, spills his lunatic bullshit and splits.

Keeps him off the streets, at least.

by Anonymousreply 4305/30/2014

[quote[you forgot about 911. It did come to our shores. And our defense was ordered to stay down.

This is the dumbest thing I've heard here in months. So we should have blown the hijacked flight out of the sky, so it wouldn't crash in a field? Your outcome would have been so much more butch!

by Anonymousreply 4405/30/2014

Wow, R45. You called me a five-year-old. I don't know how I can possibly carry on.


by Anonymousreply 4605/30/2014

Libertarianism: The utterly bizarre belief that one owes nothing to the society that sustains them.

Also: The political & economic ideology of the arrested adolescent, the self-absorbed & selfish, those utterly ignorant of their own privilege, and utterly ignorant of how societies and economies and governments actually need to work.

by Anonymousreply 4905/30/2014

r36 Because that is only a fraction of what libertarians believe in.

by Anonymousreply 5005/30/2014

r49 Good summary.

by Anonymousreply 5105/30/2014

r40 No, Libertarians think businesses should be able to refuse service of people because of their race, gender, sexual orientation or for any reason. They don't believe in enforcing/creating anti hate crime laws.

Just because they are right sometimes, doesn't mean they are pro-civil rights.

by Anonymousreply 5205/30/2014

Libertarians are ignorant maladjusted fools, deluded into thinking they stand for something, they stand for nothing, worse than neo-cons, they believe that doing nothing is better than doing something. lazy, witless, egocentric and purblind. Foisting this ignorance on the DL is the greatest mystery of all!

by Anonymousreply 5405/30/2014

Shut up Lindy

by Anonymousreply 5605/30/2014


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by Anonymousreply 5905/30/2014


by Anonymousreply 6005/30/2014



Lindy was a communist twat.

by Anonymousreply 6105/30/2014

R53, do you have ANY idea what today's Libertarians believe? Apparently not. Talk to any Randian moron, and you'll find you're completely wrong.

Too bad you're too stupid to see that. I pity you. Please don't reproduce (REALLY? THAT'S your insult on a fucking GAY message board?? More evidence of how fucking clueless and unthinking Libertarians & their defenders are).

by Anonymousreply 6205/31/2014

R55 is retarded. In a very literal way. The number of logical fallacies engaged in, in that post, is just ridiculous.

Every single post by someone defending libertarians or libertarianism actually ends up PROVING the points made by those trashing libertarians & libertarianism.

It's actually kind of funny to watch.

by Anonymousreply 6305/31/2014

And yet you aren't smart enough to point out those alleged logical fallacies.


It's funny to watch morons like you twist and turn because you can't see the truth.

by Anonymousreply 6405/31/2014

R64, if you're too stupid to see the obvious, you'll just deny anything I point out.

But let's start with this hilarious example... your very first sentence:

[quote]Why? Because we think that allowing the government to spy on us is wrong?

I mean, Jesus Christ. Talk about an irrelevant non-sequitur. Straw-man argument much? NO, that has NOTHING to do with it. NOR is that even remotely a belief specific or unique to Libertarians.

Goddamned, you're ignorant. Get an education. Your arrogant ignorance is stunning.

It just goes to show: "When you are dead, you do not know you are dead... your death is only a burden to others. It is the same when you are stupid."

You're too stupid to realize just how fucking stupid you sound.

by Anonymousreply 6505/31/2014


No, libertarians are the only people talking about the US GOVERNMENT spying.

Are you that ignorant of current events?

by Anonymousreply 6605/31/2014

R66, if you believe that, you truly are deeply ignorant.

It's laughable that you think Libertarians are the ONLY people talking about the US Government spying. That's just so patently and obviously false, I can't even imagine how you typed that with a straight face.

You are truly ignorant of, well, just about everything.

And too stupid to realize just how ignorant you are. SO you continue to stick your foot in your mouth and make a fool of yourself.

by Anonymousreply 6705/31/2014

R68, the only retarded, myopic twat here is you and any of the other Libertarian defenders.

Libertarians are fucking morons.

by Anonymousreply 7005/31/2014

R69, the fact that you think Obama defended Al Qaeda in Syria, or engaged in any sort of IRA witch-hunt marks you as a tin-hat conspiracy theorist nut-case who is deeply ill-informed.

Your false equivalencies are typical of the stupidity of Libertarians, & their willful blindness, and purposeful twisting & spinning of reality to fit their ideology.

by Anonymousreply 7105/31/2014

Omgg! R76 etc, etc, etc, etc, etc. SEEK HELP! You're crazed.

by Anonymousreply 7705/31/2014

Who are these people that still want to defend the omnipotent government system???

by Anonymousreply 8006/12/2014

Go away

by Anonymousreply 8106/12/2014


Why go away? Are you too married to the USGOV to expose the evil at the heart?

Please, help.

by Anonymousreply 8206/12/2014

Ayn Rand represents liberty? Uhhhh, no.

Ludwig Von Mises represents freedom.

Economicpolicyjournal.Com supports freedom.

Wake the fuck up!!!

by Anonymousreply 8306/12/2014

R82=sucks ayn rand's dusty bones

by Anonymousreply 8406/12/2014

Von Mises does not represent freedom. He was a supporter of fascism in the twenties. His salary at NYU was paid by an advertising executive, Lawrence Fertig, not by the university.

by Anonymousreply 8506/13/2014


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by Anonymousreply 8606/13/2014

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by Anonymousreply 8706/13/2014

Magistrate tAn adjournment? Certainly not. (the policeman sits down; there is a loud raspberry; the policeman goes bright red) Why on earth didn't you say why you wanted an adjourment? Policeman tI didn't know an acceptable legal phrase, m'lud. tCut to stock film of Women's Institute applauding. Cut back to the magistrate. Magistrate tIf there's any more stock film of women applauding, I'll clear the court. Clerk tCall Abigail Tesler tTwo policemen carry a large photo blow-up the size of a door. It is a photo from a newspaper like the 'Mirror', with a girl in a bikini and the headline across the top: 'Sunshine Sizzler'. Underneath is some small print which is later read out (see below). They prop her up in the witness box. Defence tM'lud - this is Abigail Tesler. Magistrate tIs it? Defence tYes, m'lud. Twenty-three-year-old Abigail hails from down under, where they're upside down about her. Those Aussies certainly know a thing or two when it comes to beach belles. Bet some life-saver wouldn't mind giving her the kiss of life. So watch out for sharks, Abigail! tCut back to the judge's desk. The judge has turned into a similar photo blow-up of himself, the size of a door. The headline at the top is 'Legal Sizzler'. Journalist t(voice over) Is this strictly releveant? Quizzed learned lovely, Justice Maltravers. Seventy-eight-year-old Justice hails from Esther, and he's been making a big name for himself at the recent Assizes at Exeter. (cut back to defence counsel, who has turned into a large photo blow-up of himslef headed 'Defence Counsel Sizzler') Voice Over tAll will be revealed soon m'lud, quipped tall forty-two-year-old Nelson Bedowes. Cutie QC Nelson's keen on negligence and grievous bodily harm at Gray's Inn. And with cases like he's won we bet Gray's in when Nelson's around. tANIMATION: Starting with newspaper photo of judge in dark glasses and full wig with a starlet beside him, walking down London airport departure corridor carrying cases. Voice Over tWell get on with it, admitted seventy-eight-year-old genial jurisprude Maltravers seen here at London airport, on his way to judge for Britain at the famous International Court in the Hague ... Voice tGet off! tCAPTION: 'WORLD FORUM' tAn important-looking current affairs set. On the back wall behind the presenter huge letters say: 'World Forum' Presenter tGood evening. Tonight is indeed a unique occasion in the history of television. We are very privileged, and deeply honoured to have with us in the studio, Karl Marx, founder of modern socialism, and author of the 'Communist Manifesto'. (Karl Marx is sitting at a desk; he nods) Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov, better known to the world as Lenin, leader of the Russian Revolution, writer, statesman, and father of modern communism. (shot of Lenin also at desk; he nods) Che Guevara, the Cuban guerrilla leader. (shot of Guevara) And Mao Tse-tung, leader of the Chinese Communist Party since 1949. (shot of Mao; the presenter picks up a card) And the first question is for you, Karl Marx. The Hammers - The Hammers is the nickname of what English football team? 'The Hammers? (shot of Karl Marx furrowing his brow- obviously he hasn't a clue) No? Well bad luck there, Karl. So we'll go onto you Che. Che Guevara - Coventry City last won the FA Cup in what year? (cut to Che looking equally dumbfounded) No? I'll throw it open. Coventry City last won the FA Cup in what year? (they all look blank) No? Well, I'm not surprised you didn't get that. It was in fact a trick question. Coventry City have never won the FA Cup. So with the scores all equal now we go onto our second round, and Lenin it's your starter for ten. Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1959. What was the name of the song? ... Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr's song in the 1959 Eurovision Song Contest? Anybody? (buzzer goes as in 'University Challenge'.' zoom in on Mao Tse-tung) Yes, Mao Tse-tung? Mao Tse-tung t'Sing Little Birdie'?

by Anonymousreply 8806/13/2014

Presenter tYes it was indeed. Well challenged. (applause) Well now we come on to our special gift section. The contestant is Karl Marx and the prize this week is a beautiful lounge suite. (curtains behind the presenter sweep open to reveal a beautiful lounge suite; terrific audience applause; Karl comes out and stands in front of this display) Now Karl has elected to answer questions on the workers control of factories so here we go with question number one. Are you nervous? (Karl nods his head; the presenter reads from a card) The development of the industrial proletariat is conditioned by what other development? Karl tThe development of the industrial bourgeoisie. (applause) Presenter tYes, yes, it is indeed. You're on your way to the lounge suite, Karl. Question number two. The struggle of class against class is a what struggle? A what struggle? Karl tA political struggle. tTumultuous applause Presenter tYes, yes! One final question Karl and the beautiful lounge suite will be yours... Are you going to have a go? (Karl nods) You're a brave man. Karl Marx, your final question, who won the Cup Final in 1949? Karl tThe workers' control of the means of production? The struggle of the urban proletariat? Presenter tNo. It was in fact, Wolverhampton Wanderers who beat Leicester 3-1. tCut to stock film of goal bring scored in a big football match. Roar from crowd. Stock footage of football crowds cheering. Voice Over t(and CAPTION:) 'IN WORLD FORUM TODAY: KARL MARX, CHE GUEVARA, LENIN AND MAO TSE-TUNG. NEXT WEEK, FOUR LEADING HEADS OF STATE OF THE AFRO-ASIAN NATIONS AGAINST BRISTOL ROVERS AT MOLINEUX' tANIMATION: Sketch leading to stock drawing of First World War trench scene - barbed wire against the sky with a helmet stuck on a bayonet. Voice Over t(and CAPTION:) 'IN 1914, THE BALANCE OF POWER LAY IN RUINS. EUROPE WAS PLUNGED INTO BLOODY CONFLICT. NATION FOUGHT NATION. BUT NO NATION FOUGHT NATION MORELY THAN THE ENGLISH HIP HIP HOORARY! NICE, NICE YAH BOO. PHILLIPS IS A GERMAN AND HE HAVE MY PEN' Different Voice Over t(and CAPTION:) 'START AGAIN' Voice Over t(and CAPTION:) 'IN 1914, THE BALANCE OF POWER LAY IN RUINS...' tMix through to close up of a harmonica bring played by a British Tommy. tCAPTION: 'YPRES 1914' tThe camera pulls slowly out, with the plaintive harmonica still playing, to reveal the interior of a bunker in the trenches. Sitting around on old ammunition boxes etc. are the harmonica player, Private Jenkins, Sergeant Jackson, a padre with no arms, a sheikh, a Viking warrior, a male mermaid, a nun, a milkman and a Greek Orthodox priest. Sounds of warfare throughout, shells thudding, explosions etc. Sergeant t(looking round rather uncomfortably at the strange collection) Jenkins? Jenkins t(equally uncomfortable about playing such a tender scene in front of sheiks etc.) Yes, sir. Sergeant tWhat are you going to do when you get back to Blighty? Jenkins tI dunno, sarge... I expect I'll be looking after me mum. She'll be getting on a bit now. Sergeant tGot a family of your own 'ave you? Jenkins tNo, she's ... she's all I got left now. My wife, Doreen ... she ... I got a letter. Sergeant tYou don't have to tell me, son. Jenkins tNo, sarge, I'd like to tell you, see this place.... tCut to long shot of bunker. Floor manager strides on to set. Floor Manager tHold it. Hold it. Look, loves ... can anyone not involved in this scene, please leave the set. (he starts to herd out anyone not in First War costume) Now! Come on please. Anyone not concerned in this scene, the canteen's open upstairs. (sheikh, male mermaid etc. troop off) Now come on please. (to soldiers) Sorry loves. Sorry. We'll have to take it again, from the top. All fight. OK... Cue! tBack to identical shot of harmonica-playing tommy; he plays a few bars. tCAPTION: 'KNICKERS 1914' tCut to long shot. The floor manager rushes on again. The caption remains superimposed. Floor Manager tHold it. Hold it. Now, who changed the caption? Can whoever changed the caption put the right one back immediately please.

by Anonymousreply 8906/13/2014

CAPTION: 'YPRES 1914' Floor Manager tRight. All right, we'll take it again from the top. Cue. (back to identical shot of harmonica-playing tommy with caption superimposed; slow pull out as before, then floor manager rushes on again) Hold it. Hold it. (he goes behind some sandbags looking extremely irritated) Come on. Come on, out of there. (he hauls a spaceman and hustles him off the set) You're not in this ... you're only holding the whole thing up. (turning to studio as a whole) Come on please. It's no good, loves. It's no good. We'll have to leave it for now. Come back when everyone's settled down a bit. So-that means we go over to the Art Room, all right. So cue camera three! (cut to Che Guevara caught in a hot embrace with Karl Marx) Sorry, camera four. tCut to Art Gallery. A large sign says: 'Italian Masters of the Renaissance'. Two art critics wandering through. They stop in front of a large Titian canvas. The canvas is about ten foot high by six foot wide. First Critic tAren't they marvelous? The strength and boldness... life and power in those colours. Second Critic tThis must be Titian's masterpiece. First Critic tOh indeed - if only for the composition alone. The strength of those foreground figures ... the firmness of the line... Second Critic tYes, the confidence of the master at the height of his powers. tAt this point a man in a country smock and straw hat and a straw in his mouth comes up to the painting and with a very businesslike manner presses the nipple of a nude in the painting. Ding dong sound of a front doorbell. He stands tapping his feet and whistling soundlessly beside the painting. He nods at the critics. Cut to the top of the painting to see that one of the figures has disappeared leaving a blank. The camera pans down the painting as we hear footsteps; as if coming down a lot of stone steps. Eventualy the camera comes to rest beside where the country bumpkin is standing and a door opens in the painting. We do, not see who has opened it, but can assume it is the cherub. Cherub tYes? Bumpkin tHello sonny, your dad in? Cherub tYes. Bumpkin tCould I speak to him please? It's the man from 'The Hay Wain'. Cherub tWho? Bumpkin tThe man from 'The Hay Wain' by Constable. Cherub tDad... it's the man from 'The Hay Wain' by Constable to see you. Solomon tComing. tSound of footsteps. Cut to another close up on the painting and we see the main figure disappearing. This figure suddenly puts his head round the door. Solomon tHello? How are you? Come on in. Bumpkin tNo, no can't stop, just passing by, actually. Solomon tOh, where are you now? Bumpkin tWell may you ask. We just been moved in next to a room full of Brueghels ... terrible bloody din. Skating all hours of the night. Anyway, I just dropped in to tell you there's been a walk-out in the Impressionists. Solomon tWalk-out, eh? Bumpkin tYeah. It started with the 'Déjeuner Sur L'Herbe' lot, evidently they were moved away from above the radiator or something. Anyway, the Impressionists are all out. Gainsborough's Blue Boy's brought out the eighteenth-century English portraits, the Flemish School's solid, and the German woodcuts are at a meeting now. Solomon tRight. Then I'll get the Renaissance School out. Bumpkin tOK, meeting 4.30 - 'Bridge at Arles'. Solomon tOK, cheerio - good luck, son. Bumpkin tOK. tThe door shuts and we hear Solomon's voice over. Solomon tRight - everybody out. tWe see various famous paintings whose characters suddenly disappear. Voices tI'm off. I'm off. I'm off, dear. (etc.)

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by Anonymousreply 9106/13/2014

R86-91 needs mental health intervention.

Please, go back on to your meds.

by Anonymousreply 9206/17/2014

Everything about libertarianism these days is a fraud.

One of the Koch Brothers ran as a Libertarian for President decades ago. That should tell you all you need to know about how repugnant libertarianism and libertarians are.

by Anonymousreply 9311/20/2014

All the Wall Streeters and big business types today would have appeared as looters in Atlas Shrugged, including Romney, Rauer, and Scott. Of course, the book is nonsensical. No capitalist like Hank Reardon would have turned down the blank check offered him by the State Science Institute.

by Anonymousreply 9411/21/2014

All libertarianism is a fraud. All conservatism is a fraud. All Republicanism is a fraud.

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