My Libertarian Side

According to this I’m a libertarian feminist. I never expected myself to be a libertarian anything, so this is a surprise.

16 thoughts on “My Libertarian Side

    1. The Great Reset is about wealth redistribution. The “Green New Deal” is, as well. So are the COVID mitigation measures. It really helps to look at these things through the lens of wealth redistribution. Everything else is empty, meaningless twaddle. BLM, CRT – we are being robbed. That’s the only thing this is all about.

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  1. Same here. I was surprised I was in the libertarian box, which I’d actually rename a common sense box. If the laws are limiting the opportunities of a group, they need to be adjusted. The rest is up to the individual.


  2. A lot of people are libertarian and never realized it, especially in today’s hyperpartisan political stew. Small-l libertarians are the people who don’t want to push other people around, either individually or through the use of government force. Increasingly, that’s anyone with a modicum of common sense.


      1. Well, it depends on what you think a libertarian is. I have researched myself and come to the conclusion I was always a libertarian, even as I was mocking them. If you believe in liberty, you are likely a small “l” libertarian. There’s a lot of great places to learn about it —, Foundation for Economic Education, Reason Magazine. Those will lead you to other educational sources. I’m currently reading “The Anatomy of the State” by Murray Rothbard.


        1. I strongly suspect that Clarissa would not like Rothbard or the Mises Foundation. Though to be fair, the Mises site is a great one-stop libertarian library. Part of the issue is that, as far as I can tell, Clarissa starts from the assumption that a government-run safety net is necessary.

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            1. Here would be my recommendations for Clarissa. Adam Smith’s Theory of Moral Sentiments. This is the Adam Smith who is most certainly not defending greed. Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty and Fatal Conceit. Hayek was not against a social safety net. His objection was to a command and control economy. Thomas Sowell’s Vision of the Anointed and Conflict of Visions. Sowell, like Hayek, has this Burkean skepticism of intellectuals trying to refashion society from the top down. Deirdre McCloskey’s Bourgouise series is a good follow-up to Smith looking at markets as means for ethical cooperation.


            1. If that is the case then the Rothbardians may very well be up your alley. Walter Block Defending the Undefendable is a great introduction to a mindset where hookers and drug dealers do a better job at promoting the public welfare than politicians. There is a tension within libertarianism between hating the government and loving liberty. Part of the danger of the Rothbardians is that their starting point is that government, particularly the federal government, is evil. The goal then becomes to find the people who hate the government the most and ally with them. If those people are actual white supremacists then so be it. For example, as a college student at Columbia in 1948, Rothbard supported Strom Thurmond. Part of the fun of reading Rothbard, and this is something I suspect you will strongly relate to, is that he can sound like an extreme liberal or an extreme conservative from page to page all while being perfectly consistent.


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