There are some beautiful ironies here. People like Ron Paul, Rand Paul, Glenn Beck, and the tea party “patriots” who cling to the notion of being “libertarian” and worshiping the absolutely vile Ayn Rand, are not what the original notion of libertarian was all about.
They were people Ayn Rand despised.
More importantly, Rupert Murdock, the multi-billionaire who owns FOX and the WSJ is a devout libertarian. He was even on the board of directors of the Cato Institute at one time.
Don’t ever think this is NOT a war against the GOP.
Don’t ever think Libertarians losertarians are all alike.
Far from it.
Once upon a time, a libertarian was a left-over hippie. They wore their tie-dyed t-shirts over shorts and underwear made of hemp. Their sandals would be made of hemp. They shampooed their long hair in hemp based shampoo. While they advocated the expansion of the hemp industry they smoked a substance also made of hemp.
They still do.
A true libertarian advocates the legalization of marijuana and other narcotics.
In other-words they were are pot-heads.
Did you know that ONLY 14% of Americans consider themselves libertarian? In a move that represents the actual dishonesty of the tea party numbers, when polls are done to ask how many people are actually libertarian – they cheat! The poll questions are phased in such a way as to misrepresent what they believe in order to vastly inflate their numbers.
REAL libertarians are basically quite liberal.
“…The political platform of the Libertarian Party reflects its brand of libertarianism, favoring minimally regulated, laissez-faire markets, strong civil liberties, minimally regulated migration across borders, and non-interventionism in foreign policy that respects freedom of trade and travel to all foreign countries…”
“…The preamble outlines the party’s goal: “As Libertarians, we seek a world of liberty; a world in which all individuals are sovereign over their own lives and no one is forced to sacrifice his or her values for the benefit of others.” Its Statement of Principles begins: “We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.” The platform emphasizes individual liberty in personal and economic affairs, avoidance of “foreign entanglements” and military and economic intervention in other nations’ affairs and free trade and migration. It calls for Constitutional limitations on government as well as the elimination of most state functions. It includes a “Self-determination” section which quotes from the Declaration of Independence and reads: “Whenever any form of government becomes destructive of individual liberty, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to agree to such new governance as to them shall seem most likely to protect their liberty.” It also includes an “Omissions” section which reads: “Our silence about any other particular government law, regulation, ordinance, directive, edict, control, regulatory agency, activity, or machination should not be construed to imply approval.”…”
The numbers reflected in this Cato Institute study
THE GREAT VIGUERIE TAKE-OVER
In 2008 Richard Viguerie took over the libertarian party.
“Real” libertarians were outraged.
You might want to note this statement Viguerie made slamming Neo-Cons, of which The Pink Flamingo considers herself one.
“…Neoconservatives are often former liberals and democratic socialists who have acknowledged the failure of liberalism and socialism to solve society’s problems, in the sense of the old saying, “A neoconservative is a liberal who’s been mugged.” Most older neoconservatives are former members of the branch of liberalism and democratic socialism associated with New York intellectuals; they rebelled against policies that condoned or promoted Communism….”
That was the lie that Viguerie used to take over the libertarians.
“…Sunday, it was announced that Mr. Viguerie has purchased the popular blog Third Party Watch, which until now has been a largely unmoderated site where proponents and opponents of all third party candidates could freely express their views.
Monday morning, longtime libertarian activist and Third Party Watch contributor Tom Knapp attempted to post a piece about a highly critical story appearing in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about Bob Barr’s fundraising practices. Within minutes, his piece was deleted and his previous posting privileges on the site were revoked.
Clearly, Barr and Viguerie are attempting to gain control of the LP so that Barr can campaign on a conservative/libertarian hybrid platform and Viguerie can extend his fundraising empire into the libertarian quadrant of the political universe. If they succeed, the Libertarian Party will become just one more mouthpiece for malcontent Republicans.
This makes the attempts of some Libertarians to get back to first principles, such as by restoring the 2004 platform, all the more important….”
AYN RAND NOT A LIBERTARIAN
The fascination that libertarians have with Ayn Rand is interesting, considering Rand had NO use for them.
“…Ayn Rand condemned libertarianism as being a greater threat to freedom and capitalism than both modern liberalism and conservativism. Rand said of libertarians that: “They are not defenders of capitalism. They’re a group of publicity seekers… most of them are my enemies… I’ve read nothing by a Libertarian (when I read them, in the early years) that wasn’t my ideas badly mishandled—i.e., had the teeth pulled out of them—with no credit given.”
In an 1981 interview, Rand described Libertarians as “a monstrous, disgusting bunch of people” who “plagiarize my ideas when that fits their purpose.”..”
RON PAUL LOSERTARIANS
BIG MONEY LIBERTARIANS:
Is it possible that today’s losertarian movement is kept alive ONLY because of billionaires like the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdock, along with a cast of dozens?
“...Koch was the Libertarian Party‘s vice-presidential candidate in the 1980 presidential election, sharing the party ticket with presidential candidate Ed Clark. The Clark–Koch ticket promised to abolish Social Security, the Federal Reserve Board, welfare, minimum-wage laws, corporate taxes, all price supports and subsidies for agriculture and business, and U.S. Federal agencies including the SEC, EPA, ICC, FTC, OSHA, FBI, CIA, and DOE. The ticket proposed legalization of prostitution, recreational drugs, and suicide. The ticket received 921,128 votes, 1.06% of the total nationwide vote, the Libertarian Party national ticket’s best showing to date.
After the bid, according to a book by Brian Doherty, an editor of Reason magazine, David and his brother Charles viewed politicians as “actors playing out a script” and they wanted to “supply the themes and words for the scripts” by influencing “the areas where policy ideas percolate from: academia and think tanks”…”
THE TP CONNECTION
“...In 1984, Koch founded, served as Chairman of the board of directors of, and donated to the free-market Citizens for a Sound Economy. In 2004, this organization separated into Americans for Prosperity Foundation and FreedomWorks. Koch continues as Chairman of the Board and gives money to Americans for Prosperity Foundation and to a related advocacy organization, Americans for Prosperity. A Koch spokesperson issued a proactive press release stating that the Koch’s have “no ties to and have never given money to FreedomWorks”…”
FOX LIBERTARIAN BRAINWASHING
“…Murdoch identifies himself as a libertarian….”
Increasingly FOX News has come out of the closet, promoting libertarian theology and principles. There is a very good reason. The boss is libertarian.