Originally Posted by Gazoobee
Heck it wasn't even traditional Libertarian but simply modern economic Libertarianism. Try telling the average modern American
"Libertarian" that true
libertarianism involves embracing people's right to be gay, do drugs, and opt out of military duty and see what happens.
Libertarianism is the most convoluted, logically inconsistent political philosophy known to man. Following its basic premises to their logical conclusion leads to anarchy and a dissolution of all social contract, and a life for most that is as Hobbes pointed out, "solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short."
To avoid these obvious and unpleasant consequences, libertarians begin making arbitrary exceptions and distinctions regarding when the state should and should not exert it's influence. A common one is defense against threats, external and criminal, but, oddly, their view of criminal always seems to favor the wealthy and threats of, for example, companies threatening the general populace with pollution or unsafe products are off limits for many libertarians. The whole libertarian "intellectual" edifice is nothing but an sophisticated sham aimed at protecting the rights of the powerful and wealthy against the "rabble".
No truly rational person can sincerely declare himself a libertarian, since the entire basis of libertarianism is entirely irrational. The teabaggers, many of whom are simply racists hiding behind the tea party so they can oppose Obama without being called out for their real reasons, and many who are simply so unintelligent that they think they can have a stable, functioning society without a sufficient tax base or a sufficiently empowered government, are "libertarians" devoid of all intellectual pretense, and devoid of all common sense.
But, are there not plenty of things to worry about in the US in regard to government power? There certainly are, but most of these things, like the trampling of constitutional rights by the patriot act and the pro-wealth/anti-individual leanings of the current supreme court are the legacy of the right wing over the last 30 years in this country. Socialism, is definitely not what we need to be worried about.