Vulgar Libertarianism

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The ideology of structuring society to provide liberty and reward for the successful, and who cares about the rest? A term promoted by mutualist Kevin Carson. An ideology promoted by the Koch brothers.

Kevin Carson identifies this attitude: "Them pore ole bosses need all the help they can get." Simple rules for identifying friends and enemies, righteous and unrighteous. Private or public? Statist or freedom loving? Individualist or collectivist? Market or coercive? Ignorant or enlightened? All good comes from private enterprise, all evil comes from statism and government interference. These libertarians are fighting the Manichean struggle of light versus dark, and will make the most ludicrous assertions about how government is behind each and every evil. Denunciation and demonization abound, with salvation in capitalism alone. Libertarians portray themselves as elite because of their ideological righteousness: but they are really just the bosses favorites, the house slaves. Read some Atlas Shrugged to learn this mentality.


David Boaz (6 links)
One of the senior tools of the Kochtopus, who disseminates vulgar libertarianism for the Cato Institute.
Marxism of the Right [More...]
"The most fundamental problem with libertarianism is very simple: freedom, though a good thing, is simply not the only good thing in life."
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.
Vulgar Libertarianism Watch, Part 1 [More...]
"Them pore ole bosses need all the help they can get."


If Marxism is the delusion that one can run society purely on altruism and collectivism, then libertarianism is the mirror-image delusion that one can run it purely on selfishness and individualism. Society in fact requires both individualism and collectivism, both selfishness and altruism, to function. Like Marxism, libertarianism offers the fraudulent intellectual security of a complete a priori account of the political good without the effort of empirical investigation. Like Marxism, it aspires, overtly or covertly, to reduce social life to economics. And like Marxism, it has its historical myths and a genius for making its followers feel like an elect unbound by the moral rules of their society.
Robert Locke, "Marxism of the Right"
There are just a lot of people out there exerting significant influence over the political debate who are totally unqualified. The dilemma is especially acute in the political economic field, where wealthy right-wingers have pumped so much money to subsidize the field of pro-rich people polemics that the demand for competent defenders of letting rich people keep as much of their money as possible vastly outstrips the supply. Hence the intellectual marketplace for arguments that we should tax rich people less is glutted with hackery.
Jonathan Chait, "Why I’m So Mean"