Skip to comments.Is Libertarianism a Sign of Mental Illness?
Posted on 02/26/2009 9:54:23 PM PST by bamahead
I dont know whether this belongs in the comic-relief category or the future-threats category, but the Harvard Law School is having a conference to analyze the free market mindset. The basic premise of the conference seems to be that people who believe in limited government are psychologically troubled.
The conference schedule features presentations such as How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community and Addicted to Incentives: How the Ideology of Self Interest Can Be Self-Fulfilling. The most absurd presentation, though, may be the one entitled, Colossal Failure: The Output Bias of Market Economies. According to the description, the author argues that the market delivers excessive levels of consumption. Damn those entrepreneurs for creating so much wealth!
In the good old days of Soviet dictatorship, the regime classified dissidents as being mentally ill (after all, only a nutcase would fail to see the glories of communism).
Now that leftists at Harvard want to portray laissez-faire philosophy as being somewhat akin to a mental disorder, maybe the next step will be re-education camps for Cato staff? Maybe the next stimulus bill could include a few earmarks for such facilities? Im keeping my fingers crossed that I get sent some place warm.
and yet we fall all over ourselves to listen to Ivy-League educated goons who spout such nonsense.
Not any more than Liberal/Communism.
I see the author's in the "from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs" camp.
Isn’t Harvard Business School the one where most of the jerks who ran their financial institutions into the ground came from? Didn’t Obamination come from there?
Oh yeah, they have tons of credibility right now. Their time would be better spent slinking back into the corner and figure out where they went wrong.
That was my initial reaction as well.
No, but liberalism sure as hell is.
Liberalism is much like Jacobson Disease.
I’m strongly little (l), but strongly..
I don’t agree with libertarians on many issues. And I know many libertarians actually voted for Obama because they didn’t want to vote for the ‘old guy.’
But it is pretty clear that we are all now in the same boat and Obama is after all of us and our $.
I would call any Libertarian who voted for Obama a LINO.
This is unbelievable.
At one time, homosexuality was considered a type of mental illness. It was officially recognized as such by psychologists. Now it’s considered within the bounds of normal sexual behavior.
So, we have normalized what was once thought to be aberrant sexual behavior. And now we will consider a social/political point of view as a mental illness?????? Are these people for real????????/
I see the author’s in the “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs” camp.
IMO you’re understating it. Homosexuality is now so normalized and mainstreamed that it is those who react to it with disdain or revulsion who are considered the aberrant ones; and who have to attend the mandatory diversity training sessions.
And they have the nerve to bash Bush for grabbing terrorists off the streets and shipping them to club gitmo.
It’s quite alright to run amuk with the intention of mass homicide, but when it comes to thoughts about economic freedom, that just simply will never do.
So their assumed conclusion at Harvard is that America and capitalism was founded by the mentally ill and we have had 238 years of mentally ill people running our country??
And now we have sane people in leadership and the economy is collapsing from their mental stability???
hahahahahaha what a real piece of work. No wonder we have so many Harvard grads in government!
Them Harvard students are really getting a reaming for what little education they are being conned into believing they received.
Obama went to the Harvard Law School. It's the Harvard Law school the article cites. Bush went to the Harvard Business School. He helped to run up a huge debt and shares in the blame.
Ivy league schools are so out of touch !
Same here. No one who calls himself a Libertarian should be able to vote for Obama with a clear conscience. At least the ones who voted for Barr were doing so primarily to advance the party. There is no excuse for voting for Obama if you’re one of the LP faithful.
Absolutly. I am Libertarian. I must be crazy.One of the signs is that you think everybody else is crazy. I think we should cut the government by 90% and eliminate income based taxation. Guess I am crazy.
Yeah, well, people who believe in limited government have a hell of a lot to be psychologically troubled about right now.
Yes, I knew that Obama went to the law school. I supposed I complicated the thought by being specific in one place and not the other.
Obama has also said that he was a constitutional lawyer, which strikes me as odd because he really doesn’t seem to believe in the government limiting itself to the deliniated powers. Perhaps he only studied constitutional law long enough to figure out how to twist it.
Bush shares the inflation/big government blame, yes.
Wow. You ARE crazy. Kinda like me.
Going to the Harvard Law School to study historically constitutional law is like studying sensitivity and humanity under the Marquis de Sade.
The best anyone could do was vote "Not Obama." McCain was utterly clueless. I suspect that with the exception of the gun control crapola, we'd be seeing similar spending sprees under McCain right now.
Do you have any percentages for libertarians? The figures quoted in Christianity Today say 25% of evangelcals voted for Obama:
Exit polls say 26 percent of American voters called themselves evangelical or born-again Christians, and of these, 74 percent voted for McCain, with 25 percent voting for Obama.
**people who believe in limited government are psychologically troubled.**
then, I guess, our Founding Fathers were Psychos, and that JOHN ADAMS GUY was a real LUNATIC!!
Yo Harvard... If you want to look for Mental Illness.. I suggest you start looking at your TENURED STAFF!!!
Getting out my shovel and boots!!!
It’s going to be easier going Libertarian than going back to the GOP.
With the GOP I have about 8 items I have to square before I’d go back.
As for Libertarians, If it wasn’t for their stand on the war, the Drug bit, and they keep running what look like Republicans who smoked too much dope in the 60’s, I’d sign up today.
My main problem with these “wars” is they are not “declared” by congress. They become politicized. We should only go do war by declaration and then fight to unconditional victory. PC warfare does not work for me.
You Americans really have no idea what is happening to you, do you?
The hard-left has its fangs dug into your neck, has pierced your carotid and is currently feasting.
At the risk of seeming extreme, all of your suspicions are true.
The real question is: will you awaken to defend yourselves before it’s too late.
You see, there is a tipping point at which you cannot go back.
The base left has succeeded in a slow-motion takeover of your country.
The clock is ticking.
It is very interesting to observe, I must say.
PLease explain to me how these “wars” are not “DECLARED” by Congress.. the Constitution says Congress is to declare war, but there is NO SET VERBAGE in the Constitution of how to do that. I must have missed it, but then, Constitutional Scholars MUCH MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE THAN I have also “MISSED IT”. A joint resolution saying ... “Prez, go kick their BUTTS!” Is as much a Declaration of war according to the Constitution.
Please remember, the Constitution is not a SUICIDE PACT.. we have the right to defend ourselves, Preemptively or otherwise.
It is more than just a sign. It is the whole banana.
Still a better situation than forty or fifty years ago, when free market economists were a rarity—if not outright nonexistent—outside the Universiy of Chicago.
Harvard, as well as other uber-liberal universities, feature some very prominent free market economists in their economics department. In economics departments, it’s not unusual to be a libertarian, free market, “conservative.” Not even at UC Berkley.
Agree. I'd be interested in the breakdown among libertarian voters.
Using Christianity Today's figures, I came up with nearly 8,000,000 evangelicals who voted for Obama.
**any Libertarian who voted for Obama a LINO.**
Actually I have a term (really Several) for ANYONE who voted for OBAMA ... STUPID, MORON, DANGEROUS, VAPID ... come QUICKLY to mind.
>> Is Libertarianism a Sign of Mental Illness?
>> people who believe in limited government are psychologically troubled.
I would say so, especially when they end up voting for the party of bigger government.
No offense to the Libertarians here at FR.
Lyle H. Rossiter, JR., M.D. also thinks that socialism is a mental desease read his book The Liberal mind
Just a point of, perhaps nothing more than grammar but, the market cannot deliver consumption. Consumption is a reaction to production.
Perhaps it's just that these clowns don't understand anything.
I weep for “Patrick Henry University.”
Then again, the only 2 places where the theories of communist ideology really thrive are in totalitarian governments and universities.
Let me just say a “declaration of war”. That way when liberals try to undermine us and help the enemy we can just arrest them.
How can a Christian evangelical vote for Mr F.O.C.A.?
That number of votes, in the right places, would have turned the tide.
Wondering if those who believe in limited government also show a higher than average mistrust in government which becomes interpreted as paranoia?
Liberalism and communism are mental disorders and lobotomies are the cure.
The idea that a person can be compelled to achieve success so that the unproductive derive benefit from the achiever’s labor is absolutely absurd.
Didn’t Harvard once educate people? When did the groupthink indoctrination program begin?
I know of no libertarian nor Libertarian who voted for Obama. I know damned few who voted for anyone but Bob Barr or Ron Paul.
As long as he gets his, which he undoubtedly will for sucking up to the communists.
So, where is the Liberal “Control” group?
A liberal is what socialists would like you to call them since everyone knows how crazy socialism is. I wouldn't give them the satisfaction if I were you. Better to call them what they really are. Socialists. Besides it avoids confusion. In Europe and the rest of the world a liberal is like an American Libertarian. Socialists over there call themselves socialists or progressives.