OK, let’s see how many of my FB friends drop me after this.
I call bullshit on this. In case you don’t want to sit through the words and words of bullshit yourself, I’ll sum it up for you: Libertarians are right about everything and everyone else is wrong, stupid, and uneducated, and the fact you’re not already a Libertarian proves it.
Here’s a quote from Monsieur le Douche (Christopher Cantwell):
“Most people involved in these things aren’t actually interested in finding any sort of objective truth. As far as we’re concerned, the fact that they aren’t already libertarians is evidence enough of this… Having an ideology tends to imply some study of the subject at hand. If you have studied government, and determined that it has any potential to do anything positive, this implies you are really not very good at processing information. The failures of the State are so numerous and ridiculously obvious, that we find it difficult to believe any rational person could justify its existence. Your informed adherence to this absurdity tells us that you are pretty much beyond all hope of rescue.”
I got news for you: Libertarians are no more educated, smarter, or less pompous and narcissistic than any other political party—and yes, that includes Democrats, Republicans, Green Party, Communist Party, Socialist Party, and Tea Party (OK, maybe smarter than the Tea Party).
The problem I hear with Libertarian leanings (and yes, you are largely unified in most of your opinions—stop pretending you aren’t) is that “free market capitalism/non-taxation/legalizing whatever/no gun control/etc. is the best idea ever…if it worked the way it’s supposed to.” That’s what you’re not seeing—it doesn’t fucking work. NO political theory works 100% “the way it’s supposed to”, that’s why Capitalism is an ideology, Socialism is a philosophy, Communism is a theory. Do you see the commonality with all those italicized words? They all mean the same thing: myths.
Hey, here’s a clue: the reason none of them work is simpler than “the goddamn government is robbing me”. It’s because there’s 7 billion people in the world. The Earth has outgrown its carrying capacity and when you overpopulate anything, chaos ensues. People fight. They take advantage of one another. They exchange bribes. They organize gangs. Humans are basically shitheads to each other and will continue to be so for the rest of our existence. So you need laws to keep the bastards in line. You need people to enforce those laws. You need a government to write those laws. And you need to pay those people.
Here’s a confession.
I lean liberal because I feel a majority—I said majority, not all—of the ideas that are presented in a liberal point-of-view align with my own opinions. I am largely altruistic (hard that may be to believe). I feel that a philosophy should generally benefit humanity as a whole, not a select few. I thank my folks for that who made sure I learned that at a very, very, very young age, and I am extremely grateful for that experience. It had a profound effect on my personal philosophy for my entire life. Things look a lot different to a 5 year old living among people who would be thankful to have dirt, and yet were the first to share anything they were lucky to get with a privileged little white girl in pigtails they didn’t even know. Trust me, those of you who feel you are being robbed by the government and stripped of your rights, you have never, ever, ever experienced oppression on that kind of scale. If you had, I guarantee you would not have the freedom to complain about it. (Actually, I didn’t really either. I was five…my parents didn’t want me traumatized forever. Thanks for that, too, Mom and Dad.)
But I sure as hell took time to learn about it later. I asked questions to the people who did experience it what happened, what it was like, who was involved and why (again, my parents). Later on in my surly teenage years, my mom and dad made me—yes, made me—volunteer my time to others who needed help. I didn’t want to because I was a selfish, mopey teenager that wanted to remain selfish and mopey and do absolutely nothing with my summer breaks, but I did it anyway and I was a part of some really amazing things. My parents forced me to give something of mine away—my time—to someone else who needed it and it made me a better person. Imagine that. I call it my Humanity Tax.
So yes, I’m a liberal. I don’t deny it one bit. I voted for Obama. Twice. I’m an official member of the Democratic Party. I know. You’re totally surprised.
But how does that make me ignorant and uneducated and make you better than me? Because I don’t like guns and feel they provoke violence, so I support stronger gun control this means I hate the Constitution? Because I didn’t (and still don’t) support the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and think it makes our state look like a fucking joke, my priorities are misaligned? That I don’t believe taxes are “stealing” from me, or that they’re even a “necessary evil”, that they are, in fact, just necessary, that automatically makes me brainless? I guess there’s absolutely no way I could have possibly come to these conclusions on my own. That I’m just a fucking hypocrite and a mouthpiece of my Party if I claim otherwise.
How’s this for a generalization? I’ve noticed that most people who identify as Libertarian are self-absorbed isolationists afraid to step out of their comfort zones and take a chance on something, and are generally quick to blame anyone and anything else for their state in life but themselves. They grich and bitch about the Way Things Are versus the Way Things Should Be and hug their guns to their chests because they’re too paranoid and angry to do anything else. They only believe what they do because they had the attention span and no life to read Ayn Rand, so they now automatically think they’re intellectually enlightened and superior to the “subhuman masses.”
Notice I didn’t say “stupid”.
If you think your average Democrat or Republican enjoys the ridiculous mud-slinging that happens at the top of the political chain, then you are just as misinformed as the ones you criticize. If you also think your average Democrat or Republican supports every idea their party comes up with, then go fuck a meat grinder. People aren’t made in a mold.
However, opinions and beliefs aren’t formed in a vacuum either, including yours. We all arrived at our convictions through reasoning, experience, and social conditioning. We are the Ultimate Experience.
So stop being an elitist jackass. This is beyond political leaning and preference. This is basic human decency. Everyone feels their opinion is the right one and everyone else’s is wrong. The beauty of it all is that we really have no idea. There’s no superior moral referee—or if there is, He/She/It is being awfully quiet about it. So even if someone’s opinion goes against every grain in your being, have a little respect that they have an opinion.
People aren’t stupid or beneath you for what they believe. They’re stupid and beneath you if they have to stoop low enough to belittle others for their beliefs to make themselves feel smarter. Do you not realize how petty and churlish you look when you do that? Every opinion you spew forth from there on might as well be gibberish, because you’ve suddenly lost all credibility to espouse any kind of opinion or defend your stance to any capacity that doesn’t devolve into sounding like a goddamn three year old.
Fine. Fine. I’ll make this easy, all right? You can tell me I’m wrong, you can argue that the ideas I support are immoral, that my political leanings are dangerous, that the guy I voted for is Satan, that my values and economic priorities are totally fucked.
But do not call me stupid for it.