Make Or Break Views Of Libertarianism
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Positions so absolute and extreme as to border on self-ridicule.
- Against Democracy (book) (4 links)
- Existing democracy is compared to ideal rule by experts, epistocracy. A laughable attempt by libertarian philosopher Jason Brennan to criticize democracy.
- Being a Libertarian Can Play Havoc With Your Sex Life! [More...]
- David MacGregor attributes socialism to the women's vote. "Such sensibilities [women's] are fine and praiseworthy, when applied to voluntary interactions between people (as in a family) - but once they enter the "political" domain (coercion), they become a tyranny in the making."
- Black History Is American History [More...]
- David Boaz writes: 'But I was asked not long ago, what’s the most important libertarian accomplishment in history? I said, “the abolition of slavery.”' This barefaced, jaw-dropping revisionism ignores the fact that all slavery was ended by government fiat, in this case during an enormous war.
- Can the Libertarians Go Mainstream? [More...]
- Time Magazine points out how Mary Ruwart endorses children having rights to willingly participate in sexual acts. Other libertarians point out how she puts them at risk of being poster children for NAMBLA.
- Defending the Undefendable (book, online)
- (2008) Walter Block praises the pimp, prostitute, scab, slumlord, libeler, moneylender and other scapegoats in the rogue's gallery of American society. By cleverly ignoring the harms they commit. "[Third Parties] have neither stake nor standing in the matter, and should be ignored." Anybody with any concept of the role of institutions will see the folly of this book.
- Hans-Hermann Hoppe (15 links)
- One of the more bizarre Austrian philosophers. A hypocrite for working as a state professor and for accepting ACLU defense of his professional freedom of speech. "There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society."
- How to Avoid More Enrons: Legalize Fraud [More...]
- Libertarian fairy dust will magically make currently unrestrained private contract enforcement much more powerful once government is no longer backing it with criminal penalties for fraud. Investors would suddenly be so much more careful: that couldn't hurt, could it?
- Human Sacrifice [More...]
- Peter Leeson argues that "that human sacrifice is a technology for protecting property rights." A wild-ass theory that ignores other possible social explanations, relying on pre-anthropological stories. Amusingly, this article claims the voluntary acceptance of British dominance as a means of ending local wars in exchange for ending human sacrifice.
- If Science Was Bought and Sold Would It Be a Bad Thing for Science? [More...]
- "So is science bought and sold? --- I sure hope so!" This from an Austrian economist whose department is funded by the same plutocrats (Charles and David Koch) who fund Global Warming denialism. Making science into another market is corrupt.
- It's Safe Streets Versus Urban Terror : In the '50s, rampant crime didn't exist because offenders feared what the police would do. [More...]
- Here's what he praises: "No matter the vagaries of the court system, a mugger or rapist knew he faced a trouncing -- proportionate to the offense and the offender -- in the back of the paddy wagon, and maybe even a repeat performance at the station house. As a result, criminals were terrified of the cops, and our streets were safe." That's liberty?
- Journey into a Libertarian Future (7 links)
- Andrew Dittmer's interview with "Code Name Cain" about the ideas in Hans-Hermann Hoppe's book "Democracy: The God That Failed". 6 parts.
- Legalize Drunk Driving [More...]
- Based on the ridiculous assertions: "Now, the immediate response goes this way: drunk driving has to be illegal because the probability of causing an accident rises dramatically when you drink. The answer is just as simple: government in a free society should not deal in probabilities." And why not? The private sector is allowed to.
- Let's play a game: libertarian professor of economics, or crazy man on street corner? [More...]
- "Like it or not, much-maligned U.S. Gilded Age poverty policies -- minimal government assistance combined with near-open borders -- were close to ideal."
- My Little Pony: Liberty [More...]
- A libertarian brony's fanfic explaining how Obamacare would be rejected in the My Little Pony land of Equestria. Too awful for words.
- Nuclear Anarchism Part 1: The Specter of Private Nuclear Weapons [More...]
- Everybody should be able to own nuclear weapons. Yes, really. Case "proven" by illegitimate demands for perfection. Part 2: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love Private Nuclear Devices. Part 3: Climbing the Kardashev Scale for Fun and Profit.
- Obamacare makes takers out of the middle class [More...]
- A "taker" concern troll complains that his dignity is offended because he chose to have lower-cost ACA coverage that is subsidized. Instead of keeping his old policy. And then claims that this is a disincentive to earn more (which would eliminate the subsidy, but also leave him with more money.) He gets reamed in comments.
- Pink Slime and the Slimy Tactics of America's Food Elitists [More...]
- The Competitive Enterprise Institute whines that "food elitists" ought not to reveal disgusting industry practices nor demand labeling. It's "The Jungle" all over again. "Food elitists" takes the same fallaceous public relations approach as "credit snobs".
- Private Wars [More...]
- Claims that a private war does not impose on others (fellow citizens) the costs of intervention. But what about when the opponent decides to strike back? What about when other citizens want opposite goals? The question isn't simply can private war be used for humanitarian efforts, it is how awful would the abuses of private war be?
- Stateless in Somalia, and Loving It [More...]
- The Mises Institute praises The Law of the Somalis, written by Michael van Nottenthat. It claims Somalia is now a country based on customary law. As if customary law is any less restrictive or harmful than laws created by governments. Slavery, we must remember, was customary law before all else.
- The 5 Smooth Stones of Theocratic Libertarianism [More...]
- "There is a straight line blessing that runs from free grace to free men, and from free men to free markets." And other such lunacy.
- The Artistic Superstructure of the Epoch of Labor Unionism and Socialization: Ludwig von Mises on the Detective Story [More...]
- Ludwig von Mises comically sees detective fiction as an essentially leftist literary genre crafted to undermine capitalism.
- The Case Against Egoistic, Libertarian Baby-Starving [More...]
- "According to some Libertarians and Objectivists, it is permissible to abandon or refuse to feed one's children [...]"
- The Contrarian Trap: The Source of the Liberty Movement’s Dark Side [More...]
- "I think it is no surprise that many libertarians are also atheists, climate change deniers, paleo dieters, anti-psychiatry, conspiracy theorists, transhumanists, cryonics-supporters and hardcore nativists about intelligence."
- The Coronavirus Hoax [More...]
- Crazy Uncle Liberty Ron Paul drinks the denialist Kool-Aid again, and presents another batshit screed that will contribute to increasing deaths. This is as foolish as Ayn Rand denying the harms of cigarettes, because he and his audience are at higher risk of death. He obviously does not understand epidemiology or geometric increase.
- The Handmaiden of Entrepreneurship: Philosophy in the time of Charles Koch [More...]
- David Johnson reviews a Koch-funded textbook for high school students, Ethics, Economy & Entrepreneurship for a course called "Philosophy 101: Ethics, Economy, and Entrepreneurship". "What I found was a peculiar mixture of the utterly banal and the frighteningly ideological."
- The Horror of Rothbardian Natural Rights [More...]
- Murry Rothbard argues for legal rights of parents to kill their children by starvation.
- The Malaria Clock: http://junksciencearchive.com/malaria clock.htmlA Green Eco-Imperialist Legacy of Death [More...]
- Steven Milloy's Junk Science website claims 18 billion cases of malaria in 45 years (as of 2018), and blames them all on a ban WHICH APPLIED ONLY TO AGRICULTURAL USES, not on uses in homes. This guy's the worst.
- The Three Great Errors of Most Libertarians [More...]
- "Libertarians are mistaken to seek foundations, to take sides over moral approaches, and to have no proper theory of liberty." That's right: don't think, just believe in the ideology and interpret non-aggression his way..
- The Voluntaryists: Humanity's Last Stand Against Government [More...]
- Jamie Roocke-Sherman's puerile comic book would embarrass even Ayn Rand. It's as if he took any old superhero comic and simply pasted cliched libertarian ideology into the speech balloons instead of actual dialog. An unbelievably lame superhero comic, where the government villains are all ugly and the libertarian superheroes are all beautiful. Even more laughable, there are an equal number of libertarian female superheroes. Propaganda for those too stupid to read Atlas Shrugged.
- This Is John Galt? [More...]
- A hilarious review of the three increasingly awful Atlas Shrugged movies. "The performances are just shy of human rights violations..."
- Untitled Proposal [More...]
- "The right to vote is a property right which is owned by the wrong people because it is non- transferable." Ah yes, only the quality people who can afford to buy a franchise should vote, to improve the value of the US just like a corporation.
- Why Libertarianism is Not a Liberal View, and a Good Thing Too; Reply to Samuel Freeman [More...]
- Walter Block agrees with Samuel Freeman that libertarianism is not liberalism, but shows just why libertarianism is so appalling.
- Why Men’s Rights is Libertarian, and Feminism Isn’t [More...]
- "But on the whole, the political message of the men’s rights movement (MRM) is about as libertarian as it gets. Stop forcing us, enough with the special privileges, and let the chips fall where they may." As opposed to "feminist social justice warrior horseshit."
In a covenant...among proprietor and community tenants for the purpose of protecting their private property, no such thing as a right to free (unlimited) speech exists, not even to unlimited speech on one’s own tenant-property. One may say innumerable things and promote almost any idea under the sun, but naturally no one is permitted to advocate ideas contrary to the very covenant of preserving and protecting private property, such as democracy and communism. There can be no tolerance toward democrats and communists in a libertarian social order. They will have to be physically separated and removed from society.
Hans-Hermann Hoppe, "Democracy - The God That Failed" p. 218.
[Patri] Friedman is an outspoken critic of democracy. It is “ill-suited for a libertarian state”, he wrote in an essay in 2009—because it is “rigged against libertarians” (they would always lose) and inefficient.
The Economist, "Honduras shrugged: Two start-ups want to try out libertarian ideas in the country’s new special development regions"
Paradoxically, people exercise their freedom not to be libertarians.
Robert Locke, "Marxism of the Right"
The market economy or capitalism, as it is usually called, and the socialist economy preclude one another. There is no mixture of the two systems possible or thinkable; there is no such thing as a mixed economy, a system that would be in part capitalistic and in part socialist.
Ludwig von Mises, "Human Action" p. 259
[The Native Americans] didn't have any rights to the land and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights which they had not conceived and were not using.... What was it they were fighting for, if they opposed white men on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence, their "right" to keep part of the earth untouched, unused and not even as property, just keep everybody out so that you will live practically like an animal, or maybe a few caves above it. Any white person who brought the element of civilization had the right to take over this continent.
Ayn Rand, "Q and A session following her Address To The Graduating Class Of The United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, March 6, 1974"
Further, there can be no such thing as “involuntary intercourse” for the female slave whose owner is a pimp. In her slave contract, she has already agreed to alienate her body for such sexual services. Yes, it is indeed, and only, rape if her owner does not consent to this sexual intercourse. And, if the woman in question objects, which she has no right to do, ask her if she really wishes she had not made the contract in the first place, and instead allowed her child to die.
Walter Block, "Why Libertarianism is Not a Liberal View, and a Good Thing Too; Reply to Samuel Freeman" pg. 551