There have been a whole lot of comments lately claiming that progressives are "Socialists" or "Communists". The reason why this is effective is that if one were to take some progressive ideas to the extreme radical point of utter hyperbole, these terms would apply. In reality, most progressives simply want a public safety net, and to have capitalism be the rule of thumb for just about everything. The reason that folks on the right insist on exaggerating the left's point of view so much is that they want to get people to see things only in terms of Black and White, when it comes to the left-hand side of the fence. But the right should really remember that the same logic can be applied to both sides of the equation... When taken to it's logical conclusion, the "Tea Partiers", for example, are ANARCHISTS. Libertarians believe in doing away with as much government as possible, thus the hyperbole, when applied to the "Tea Partiers" or to Libertarians in general, makes them Anarchists, pure and simple. So, I think every time someone from the Tea Party crowd calls me or any of my fellow progressives a "Socialist", I personally will respond by labeling them an "Anarchist". Perhaps this will catch on. We'll see.