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23 Ways of Poking Fun at Libertarians
Townhall.com ^ | August 3, 2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell

Posted on 08/03/2013 6:35:31 AM PDT by Kaslin

The very first bit of anti-libertarian humor I ever posted was this clever video about the anarcho-capitalist paradise of Somalia.

I then shared two cartoons, one on libertarian ice fishing and the other showinglibertarian lifeguards.

That was followed by a very funny list of the 24 types of libertarians.

But I haven’t shared anything making fun of people like me since this “think I do” montage last year.

Thanks to Buzzfeed, however, we now have something new for our collection. They came up with “23 Libertarian Problems” and here are two of my favorites from the list.

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1 posted on 08/03/2013 6:35:31 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Rand Paul will get a battering from many people not just Christie. Christie’s major donors are the neocons who abhor Paul’s neoisolationism much more than his libertarianism. They fear that hard pressed Americans are beginning to question expensive foreign entanglements that squander human and material treasure. Critical articles like this will appear to harass Paul constantly.


2 posted on 08/03/2013 6:43:53 AM PDT by allendale
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To: allendale

Apparently Rand Paul acolytes equate conservativism with libertinism. The two are not the same.


3 posted on 08/03/2013 6:47:25 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Kaslin

Watch and see who is laughing at who soon. The GOP has left an awful lot of people like myself in regards to defunding ObamaCare, investigating Benghazi, Illegal Immigration, etc.... We will see who laughs best when it counts


4 posted on 08/03/2013 6:47:59 AM PDT by TennTuxedo
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To: Kaslin

ping, working today


5 posted on 08/03/2013 6:50:03 AM PDT by mykroar (China and Russia are playing chess while Obamas's playing 52 card pick-up.)
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To: allendale

Rand Paul will get battered from all sides because the nut didn’t fall far from the tree.


6 posted on 08/03/2013 6:50:43 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

“Apparently Rand Paul acolytes equate conservativism with libertinism. The two are not the same.”

Apparently some “conservatives” conflate “liberty” with “authoritarian big government”.

It’s a shame.

Libertarians want to return to roughly 1870 A.D. type laws, which is about as “conservative” as it gets.


7 posted on 08/03/2013 7:02:19 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty
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To: PreciousLiberty

Dopertarians seem unaware that abortion, adultery, and pretty much all of their sexual immorality was strictly regulated in 1870. History is not their forte.


8 posted on 08/03/2013 7:10:29 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t think it’s a very good idea to make fun of people that are your only chance to build a winning coalition against the left.


9 posted on 08/03/2013 7:12:34 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: justlurking

Libertarians are the left.
Murder of the unborn is non negotiable.
Age of consent laws are non negotiable.
Illegality of prostitution is non negotiable.
Controlling our borders is non negotiable.


10 posted on 08/03/2013 7:18:49 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd
Libertarians are the left.

Back in my libertarian days the leftists I argued with hated my guts.

11 posted on 08/03/2013 7:22:28 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: MrEdd

Your non-negotiables sound like extracts from sharia law


12 posted on 08/03/2013 7:22:29 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: PreciousLiberty

Yeah, except for that whole gay marriage thingy. But nice try.


13 posted on 08/03/2013 7:25:13 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: justlurking
I don’t think it’s a very good idea to make fun of people that are your only chance to build a winning coalition against the left.

I consider Libertarians to BE the Left. I have no interest in a coalition with my enemies.

14 posted on 08/03/2013 7:25:54 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: MrEdd

No, no you’ve got it all backwards. You see, back then those things were all approved. It was only later that the man quashed them.


15 posted on 08/03/2013 7:26:09 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: muir_redwoods

You believe protecting our borders is ‘sharia law’? Wow classic dopetarian.


16 posted on 08/03/2013 7:26:57 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Are we talking libertarians or Libertarians?


17 posted on 08/03/2013 7:27:40 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: ClearCase_guy
I consider Libertarians to BE the Left.

Even if you mean big L libertarians there are too many glaring differences between them and the left for that to be a reasonable position.

18 posted on 08/03/2013 7:29:33 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Kaslin

The Liberteens? 24 ways.


19 posted on 08/03/2013 7:31:31 AM PDT by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: Yardstick

Are you suggesting that because liberaltarians are not statists that this makes them not liberal?


20 posted on 08/03/2013 7:32:49 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge

I’m suggesting that because libertarians argue for limited government from an individualist standpoint they are not liberal.

If you can’t see that libertarians and liberals aren’t the same, then you’re almost not worth arguing with.


21 posted on 08/03/2013 7:34:39 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: ClearCase_guy; MrEdd
I have no interest in a coalition with my enemies.

Conservatives have no common ground with the left. You can pick almost any issue, and there will be no agreement.

However, conservatives and libertarians agree on a lot of issues, especially civil liberties, entitlement spending, and taxes.

If you were to set aside your differences on the issues where you disagree, you might actually make some progress on the issues where you agree.

Or, you could continue alienating anyone that has a bit of disagreement with you, and shrink into obscurity.

Your choice.

22 posted on 08/03/2013 7:35:53 AM PDT by justlurking (tagline removed, as demanded by Admin Moderator)
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To: Yardstick

I would work with Libertarians if they would agree to focus on fiscal conservatism. Starve the beast. Force government to be small.

I could hold off for a few year from pushing for social conservatism, if the Libertarians would hold off for a few years from pushing for social Liberalism.

Once government were made small and starved for cash, then I say we could loosen certain restraints (such as drugs) and let the population make their own choices. No government charity. No helping hand. If drugs mess you up, then you have a very serious problem. If you can take the drugs and function just fine, it’s not my problem and I won’t interfere.

1) Fiscal Conservatism
2) Social Liberalism

In that order.

I would consider such an approach. But, in my experience, Libertarians overwhelmingly want to put the emphasis on the good time Charley part of the equation, and they will solve the fiscal stuff “later”. That’s a Libertine approach, and I reject it.


23 posted on 08/03/2013 7:36:50 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: Yardstick

In my libertarian days, Ayn Rand had not yet melded the hippie free love movement into libertarianism. It has changed a lot.


24 posted on 08/03/2013 7:37:43 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: JCBreckenridge

I think Thomas Sowell has described himself as a libertarian. Is he really just a confused liberal?


25 posted on 08/03/2013 7:38:08 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: JCBreckenridge

I know you’re projecting but I don’t use drugs or alcohol. My point was that who are you to impose your views ( they’re not really thoughts) on the right of two other adults to contract? Many libertarians oppose abortion as an illegal deprivation if the infant’s rights. Many libertarians are for strong borders. And many libertarians agree with Ronald Reagan that libertarianism is the soul of conservatism.


26 posted on 08/03/2013 7:42:47 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: MrEdd

Quite correct!


27 posted on 08/03/2013 7:42:50 AM PDT by sauropod (Fat Bottomed Girl: "What difference, at this point, does it make?")
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To: Kaslin
Right now very few elected officials represent libertarian views. Most Dems represent libertine views. Most Republicans have acquiesced with those views because they want to prove they're the stupid party, once again. Libertarians aren't the problem. Rand is not the problem. The problem is that 99% of elected Republicans don't take a stand on the beliefs of their conservative or libertarian base.

It would be better served if the blogger had focused his keen edged wit where the real problem lies....

28 posted on 08/03/2013 7:43:11 AM PDT by freebilly (Creepy and the Ass Crackers....)
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To: justlurking

There will be no negotiations on core social issues. The Libertarians are not merely a never was party. They are also a never will be party.

Unfortunately for the libertarians, unrestrained libido is no substitute for personal integrity, and it produces vastly inferior results.

No sale.


29 posted on 08/03/2013 7:46:40 AM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: Kaslin

The author is a fool: Somalia is a Libertarian dream - without LAW.

You add in LAW and you get something entirely different. Libertarians are not against law and order and it’s interesting that he would infer that they are.

I stopped reading after he wrote that.

I haven’t seen any real Libertarian bashing for almost a decade, but it’s starting to creep up. They must really fear Rand Paul.


30 posted on 08/03/2013 7:48:34 AM PDT by Noamie
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To: freebilly
Most Dems represent libertine views

Which also a major part of the libertarian agenda, and the reason that libertarians see conservatism as something to defeat, as the enemy.

31 posted on 08/03/2013 7:48:35 AM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is the libertarian liberalism, not economics)
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To: muir_redwoods

I consider myself a Republican most of the time.

However recently I find myself looking for another choice.

Republicans have in my opinion become a Democrat party, except without all the free stuff.

Republicans seem to like big government. Republicans seem to like illegal immigration. Republicans seem to like importing everything from China.

If the libertarians are busy with the left, then someone needs to step up, and we need another option.

I choose the GOP first, but frankly I am increasingly disappointed with my choices there.


32 posted on 08/03/2013 7:49:22 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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To: ClearCase_guy

I am unconvinced about the good time Charlie stuff. Back when I was a card carrying Libertarian I didn’t give a rip about social issues. What appealed to me about the Libertarians was that they actually talked out loud about actually making government smaller. I joined the Libertarians after reading Harry Brown’s book because he seemed serious about taking the health care system back to a free market model. This was when he was running for president. How many Republicans have done that?


33 posted on 08/03/2013 7:50:00 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: MrEdd; Yardstick

My opinion on vocabulary and how it has evolved.

libertarian — Used in Europe. It originally meant “anarchist”. No government. People can function just fine without coercion. Some libertarians wanted socialist communes, and some libertarians wanted unbridled capitalism and a free market. Anarchism was a dynamic political arena, with some good ideas and some bad ideas.

Libertarian — Used in America. Third largest political party. Favoring small government. Fiscally Conservative and socially Liberal. As with any political party, there are a range of positions and no set Libertarian position on every issue. Libertarians can disagree with Libertarians on issues, just as non-Libertarians can.

Anarchism — Originally, a belief in no government. Equivalent to libertarian (see above). Today, anarchism just means Marxism. The word anarchism has been seriously debauched by the Left. They do this a lot. I have known many “anarchists” in recent years. They want big government, high taxes, lots of control so that the rich cannot be rich. Anarchists today see a great need to control people, because people make bad choices. That’s just not anarchism. It’s closer to Marxism than anything else.


34 posted on 08/03/2013 7:51:14 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (21st century. I'm not a fan.)
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To: muir_redwoods
Many libertarians oppose abortion as an illegal deprivation if the infant’s rights. Many libertarians are for strong borders.

No, not many, that is why they have so little influence among libertarians, because they are going against libertarianism.

35 posted on 08/03/2013 7:53:00 AM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is the libertarian liberalism, not economics)
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To: PreciousLiberty
1870 A.D.

That's "A.D. 1870." Sorry pet peeve of mine. Like saying "loose" when one means "lose."

36 posted on 08/03/2013 7:54:44 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: muir_redwoods

“Many libertarians are for strong borders.”

So why did you label someone who stated, “protecting our borders” as a supporter of sharia law?


37 posted on 08/03/2013 7:55:39 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Yardstick
I am unconvinced about the good time Charlie stuff. Back when I was a card carrying Libertarian I didn’t give a rip about social issues.

You should have looked before you leaped.

It was all there, the abortion, the homosexual agenda, the borders, and all the rest.

38 posted on 08/03/2013 7:56:02 AM PDT by ansel12 ( The difference between libertarianism and conservatism is the libertarian liberalism, not economics)
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To: Yardstick

Sowell describes himself as a conservative, not a libertarian. He supports border protection, etc. He’s prolife and against gay marriage, unlike libertarians who support both and label their opponents as supporters of sharia law.


39 posted on 08/03/2013 7:57:33 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge

You seem to be using a one-dimensional model of political ideologies. A left-right spectrum does not even begin to represent reality. There are a great many two (and three) dimensional models on-line (you can look them up). While some are wrong, most are a much better than the one-dimensional spectrum. For instance, libertarianism extends from conservative to socialist, on the economic policy axis. IOW, there are conservative libertarians (or libertarian conservatives, if you prefer).


40 posted on 08/03/2013 8:02:33 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: ClearCase_guy

You’re using small “l” libertarianism in an unconventional way. These days libertarianism means something more like classical liberalism. That’s why when Thomas Sowell describes himself as a libertarian we don’t assume he’s an anarchist or an advocate for socialist communes or even that his interest in liberty is strictly limited to economics.

I’ll give you credit though for making a distinction between big and small L libertarianism. Some people like to intermingle the two in order to give their arguments a little assist.


41 posted on 08/03/2013 8:02:58 AM PDT by Yardstick
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

I agree. However, I don’t think a liberaltarian who labels those who believe in border security as ‘sharia law proponents’ is a ‘conservative libertarian.’


42 posted on 08/03/2013 8:03:59 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: Yardstick

“Thomas Sowell describes himself as a libertarian”

You like lying apparently.


43 posted on 08/03/2013 8:04:37 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge

Reagan’s view on libertarians:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Dg0Axyvlkm0&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DDg0Axyvlkm0


44 posted on 08/03/2013 8:04:52 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

Again, do you really believe that he supported gay marriage, abortion, etc, everything that ‘liberaltarians’ advocate today?


45 posted on 08/03/2013 8:06:05 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge

“I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism” - Ronald Reagan


46 posted on 08/03/2013 8:08:20 AM PDT by BarnacleCenturion
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To: BarnacleCenturion

do you really believe that he supported gay marriage, abortion, etc, everything that ‘liberaltarians’ advocate today?


47 posted on 08/03/2013 8:09:58 AM PDT by JCBreckenridge ("we are pilgrims in an unholy land")
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To: JCBreckenridge; justlurking
JC: Apparently Rand Paul acolytes equate conservatism with libertarianism. The two are not the same.

Very true, they are not the same. But in many ways they are allied schools of thought.

JL: I don’t think it’s a very good idea to make fun of people that are your only chance to build a winning coalition against the left.

Bingo. You don't often see union members mocking environmentalists. Liberals pull together when it matters. Conservatives, not so much. Unless another Reagan appears, I'd don't think there will be another Republican president.

48 posted on 08/03/2013 8:10:13 AM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: JCBreckenridge

I would agree with you on the border security.


49 posted on 08/03/2013 8:15:12 AM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: PreciousLiberty

“Libertarians want to return to roughly 1870 A.D. type laws, which is about as “conservative” as it gets.”

No queer marriage, no abortion, school prayer, must be 21 to vote, no women voting, women couldn’t own property, unrestricted gun ownership.

That 1870? COOL!


50 posted on 08/03/2013 8:15:19 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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