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A quick way to check out the basics of libertarian people, propaganda and ideology. An alternative to the strong libertarian slant of many Wikipedia articles on economics, philosophy and politics.


A brief attempt at (right-)libertarian taxonomy in the US (RationalWiki) [More...]
13 groupings of libertarians reflecting differing origins, philosophy and policy.
Big Placebo [More...]
"Big Placebo is a nickname given to alternative medicine companies, coined as a counterpart to the name Big Pharma for drug companies... The main difference between Big Pharma and Big Placebo is that Big Pharma is regulated, to make sure its products work and contain the substances on the label, while Big Placebo is free to sell more-or-less whatever it wants, label be damned."
Bjørn Lomborg (RationalWiki) [More...]
Has a huge set of links to articles criticizing Lomorg and his work.
Eric S. Raymond (RationalWiki) [More...]
"His work and expertise in computer technology has been all but overshadowed by his batshit insane wingnut tendencies in the wake of 9/11, as well as his increasingly wanky ego-gazing as he acknowledges that people aren't so crazy about him anymore."
Free market (RationalWiki) [More...]
Discusses a number of problems and myths of related to the "free market" concept.
Freeman on the land (RationalWiki) [More...]
Freeman on the land is a form of pseudolegal woo in various English-speaking countries. Freemen believe they can opt out of being governed, and that what normal people understand to be "laws" are merely a form of "contract" that applies only if people consent to it.
Gish Gallop (RationalWiki) [More...]
"The Gish Gallop is the fallacious debate tactic of drowning your opponent in a flood of individually-weak arguments in order to prevent rebuttal of the whole argument collection without great effort. The Gish Gallop is a conveyor belt-fed version of the on the spot fallacy, as it's unreasonable for anyone to have a well-composed answer immediately available to every argument present in the Gallop. The Gish Gallop is named after creationist Duane Gish, who often abused it."
Health freedom (RationalWiki) [More...]
Health freedom is the idea that people should be able to choose whatever medical treatment they want. It is a concept that seems intuitively good, but like many phrases introduced by groups or people with partisan political goals, is actually a code for an agenda.
Jury nullification (RationalWiki) [More...]
Lew Rockwell (RationalWiki) [More...]
"Despite the fact that he consistently makes clear his opinions on the topic, no one yet has had the audacity to call him a white supremacist and let him know his so-called praxeology for fixing the economy is basically fascism with bad bow ties instead of jackboots."
Libertarian Party (RationalWiki) [More...]
"As of 2012, no party spokesman has addressed the irony of a group of individualists pooling their efforts to join an entity they despise."
Ludwig von Mises (RationalWiki) [More...]
Mises' greatest work is generally considered (among his followers, at least) to be the gargantuan doorstopper called Human Action, which fully codifies the method of praxeology. Unfortunately for Mises, it was pseudoscientific upon arrival in 1949 and is even more pseudoscientific in light of current knowledge.
Ludwig von Mises Institute (RationalWiki) [More...]
"With its zealous defense of everything free market, the von Mises Institute frequently lapses into bouts of self parody."
Originalism (RationalWiki) [More...]
"The general intent is to force originalist interpretations into all judicial decisions so as to limit the ability of judges to reinterpret the constitution to align with current societal thinking."
Pseudolaw (RationalWiki) [More...]
Pseudolaw encompasses any legal theory developed or action taken that relies heavily on frivolous arguments trumped up in legal language.
Rand Paul (RationalWiki) [More...]
"While both Pauls are registered Republicans, both are actually paleolibertarians at heart. However, while the senior Paul continues to identify himself as a libertarian, Rand has expressed the wish that the Tea Party was an actual party so that he could leave the GOP and join them."
RationalWiki : Libertarian paradise [More...]
The RationalWiki article on libertarian experiments, frauds, and wishful thinking.
RationalWiki : Nolan chart [More...]
The RationalWiki article on the Nolan Chart, especially criticizing the The Worlds Smallest Political Quiz.
RationalWiki : Objectivism [More...]
The RationalWiki article on Objectivism. A readable big-picture overview of the innumerable faults.
RationalWiki : Political Compass [More...]
The RationalWiki article on the Political Compass, with four significant criticisms.
RationalWiki: Ayn Rand [More...]
The RationalWiki article on Ayn Rand. A relatively short summary, with funny summary of the TLDR Atlas Shrugged.
RationalWiki: Bryan Caplan against the childfree movement [More...]
A RationalWiki article which includes good ridicule of Bryan Caplan.
RationalWiki: Hans-Hermann Hoppe [More...]
The RationalWiki article on Hans-Hermann Hoppe. One section title says a lot: "Life from Rothbard's groupie to wingnut welfare recipient".
RationalWiki: John Stossel [More...]
The RationalWiki article on John Stossel. "In a 1996 address to the Federalist Society, Stossel was asked why he gave up being a consumer advocate in favor of being a corporatist/libertarian shill. His response: I got sick of it. I also now make so much money I just lost interest in saving a buck on a can of peas."
RationalWiki: Libertarianism [More...]
The skeptical community's analysis of libertarianism.
RationalWiki: Murray Rothbard [More...]
The RationalWiki article on Murray Rothbard. Includes a number of Rothbard's most extreme positions.
Ron Paul (RationalWiki) [More...]
"Now, there is general irony about the fact that a person who is anti-government is working for the government at all, but with Paul it gets a little... deeper."
Seasteading (RationalWiki) [More...]
"Seasteading is the libertarian fantasy of attempting to establish a society on (or under) the sea. Given that a large swath of the oceans are international waters, outside the jurisdiction of any one country, some people see seasteading as the most viable possibility for creating new, autonomous states with their own pet political systems in place."
Sheeple (RationalWiki) [More...]
It is a favorite of uneducated teenage YouTube commenters and libertarian conspiracy theorists... It is most commonly used by cornered cranks who are running out of false facts or have had all their "evidence" debunked, or as a last ditch attempt to substitute actual evidence.
Somalia (RationalWiki) [More...]
"For some reason, Ayn Rand fans and libertarians have been slow to flock to this paradise of free individuals with guns, able to negotiate their lives without the dead foot of the State on their necks (although some have praised it from the safety of the Internet)."
Sovereign citizen (RationalWiki) [More...]
The sovereign citizen movement claims that a person has the right under common law (or at least their bizarre sham definition thereof) to declare him/herself as essentially a nation unto themselves, and therefore may not be subject to the law of the land where they live.
Tax protester (RationalWiki) [More...]
Tax protester (less commonly, tax protestor) is a general category to describe anyone who does not believe they are required to pay various taxes... The term "tax protester," while the preferred nomenclature, is somewhat misleading. In more common parlance they might be called tax deniers -- and in practice tax evaders.
Tenther movement - RationalWiki [More...]
"In recent history, the mantra of "states' rights" has found a new suit to wear: The Tenthers. Because they take an originalist interpretation of the Constitution, they believe that any power not explicitly enumerated in the Constitution belongs to the states, and that most of existing federal law is therefore invalid."
Vulgar libertarianism (RationalWiki) [More...]
Vulgar libertarians are those who focus on those parts of a free-market policy that most benefit big business while ignoring other parts that would most benefit individuals and small businesses.


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