What It Feels Like To Be a Libertarian

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    I thought this was a pretty insightful article.
     
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    I knew the Cassandra syndrome was going to be mentioned even before I read the post.


    It must suck knowing one has all the right answers, but nobody will listen.

    But I have to ask, if libertarians believe in the free market, and by extenstion the free market of ideas, why is it their ideas don't sell in the arena of free and open debate? Is it possible that if the idea or product that isn't compelling and convincing, it just won't sell? That's how the free market is supposed to work, isn't it?
     
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    or could it be that those with a vested interest in the status quo paint libertarians as wackos?

    Funny how libertarians who are from what I've seen more in agreement with the founding principles of this country than the current crop of politicians and their sycophants are somehow considered as a fringe group, strange.

    Meanwhile, our liberties are being usurped one at a time. More of our income is confiscated, and more will be because government has become bloated in its efforts to control our lives.

    The government thinks it's bad for me to have a piece of candy.....tax
    the government thinks it's bad for me to eat out at a restaurant.....tax
    the government wants me to drive my car less..............................tax

    the government polices my child's lunch box at school and confiscates his cookie

    the government doesn't want me to eat french fries...ban cooking oil

    the government thinks it can handle my money better than I..propose legislation to confiscate my 401K

    the government thinks it can set my thermostat better than I...propose legislation to install an electronic transmitter in my home

    the government thinks a privately owned business should not be allowed to fail.......tax.

    None of you see anything wrong with this and you call libertarians, who do see this as an abuse of governmental power, strange.
     
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    "the Community Reinvestment Act that forces lenders to make more risky loans that they otherwise would"

    No, it did not. Nothing like leading your complaint with a lie, huh?

    "FDR’s New Deal that prolonged the great depression for a decade"

    There is absolutely no proof of that statement. More revisionist bullshit theory.

    My problem with libertarians is they seem to think the constitution was written to protect the markets. I've got news for you...
     
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    maybe people are just afraid of having to compete with no excuses.
     
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    you speak as if you think "the markets" are not made up of people.

    The free market is nothing more than people freely spending their money, freely selling their goods and services. or in other words exercising their liberties.
     
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    Only one out of the top 25 private lenders in the subprime market were subject to the government housing programs that Rush Limbaugh fans complain about.

    That's from official published national statistics. I've posted it several times, but the lie keeps being propogated.
     
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    Many so called LIBERTARIAN principles are damned good economically sound philosophies.

    Sadly, most Libertarians I know are just angry white boys who object to paying taxes.
     
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    correction

    who object to paying taxes for government agencies and activities that are not sanctioned by the Constitution.
     
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    Cassandra syndrome my ass. Cassandra didn't do it to herself. If anything, Libertarians are masochists. 15 years ago the LP actually had several high-profile public servants in my area. Now, they don't campaign locally because they're focusing on federal offices. All of those gains are lost. The LP actually tried to pass Bob Barr off as a Libertarian, and Shane Cory is sending out campaign mass emails bragging about the fact that the dog catcher in Albuquerque is a Libertarian. Quit your bitching, get off your lazy ass and go back to what worked in the first place,local door-to-door canvassing.
     

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