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I just made these up, but they echo many of the criticisms made against the religion of glibertarianism:

  • 10: You get a fetish over the rights of the manager and the entrepreneur.
  • 9: You think corporations have rights, but children don’t.
  • 8: You believe that if one person is in danger of starving to death, they’ll always make a rational decision and have equal bargaining power, because abuse of power never exists.
  • 7: You believe that a ragtag group of mostly untrained people, armed with whatever guns are at hand, could take on a larger group of highly–trained soldiers armed with the most sophisticated weaponry available, and win.
  • 6: You think that giving power to something restricted by a constitution (like the government) is evil, but have no problem giving nearly absolute power to things that aren’t restricted by the constitution (like employers and parents).
  • 5: You treat Atlas Shrugged and The Road to Serfdom as if they were scripture, while probably having little idea what their authors really thought.
  • 4: You think that any government attempt to interfere with the contracts you can make or increase the taxes you pay is too big, but at the same time have no problem voting for a party that wants government so big it snoops in people’s bedrooms.
  • 3: You think we live in some perverse zero–sum universe where the only way to prevent the federal government from oppressing you is to let the subdivisions oppress you.
  • 2: You claim to believe in both economic and personal freedom, but inevitably only care about the former.
  • 1: You get riled up and defensive at the mere suggestion that you care about something other than yourself and your property.
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Comments on: "Top 10 signs you might be a glibertarian" (17)

  1. Roberto Severino said:

    Clarissa will love this post for sure! Haha!

    As for me, I’ve talked a lot of libertarians in the past and they’re actually pretty nice, cool people, but there are the more extreme ones like this who worship Ayn Rand and Murray Rothbard in dogmatic idolatry and take what they did way out of context to serve themselves. I even have a cartoonist friend of mine who identifies himself as a classical liberal/libertarian and he’s very intelligent and not caught up in blind dogma. He writes a cool theory blog here.

    http://uncleeddiestheorycorner.blogspot.com/

    There seems to overall be many different kinds of libertarian, whether you’re talking about the so-called “beltway” libertarians at The Cato Institute, the Lew Rockwell anarcho-capitalist types that often refer to Cato as being part of the Kochtopus, the libertarians of the Bleeding Heart Libertarians website, which lean a lot more left, and so on. If you’re just talking about Austrian economics, then there seems to be a split between The Mises Institute, Cato, and . I personally have no specific political affiliation or philosophy, even though I’m probably a combination of several myself. This post from Lord Keynes’ blog summarizes it better than I can.

    http://socialdemocracy21stcentury.blogspot.com/2011/01/types-of-pro-free-market-libertarians.html

    http://socialdemocracy21stcentury.blogspot.com/2011/01/overview-of-major-schools-of-economics.html

    These posts from Gene Callahan’s blog are also really interesting.

    http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2012/09/how-ideology-blocks-reality.html

    http://gene-callahan.blogspot.com/2008/01/karen-decoster-notable-even-amongst.html

    The kinds of libertarians that Gene describes are giving the political philosophy a bad name in my opinion and taking it to the extreme.

    • Roberto Severino said:

      If you also look up the Wikipedia page for libertarianism, they list even more versions of it. It’s amazing how a political philosophy can come in so many variants. Anyways, very good blog you have here, sir.

      • Variation is just par for the course…. but as I mentioned, the more decent ones seem to be drowned out by the nondecent ones.

        Thank you for the compliment.

    • Thank you for those links, Roberto. I read those links, and several look quite interesting. I also noticed how some also mentioned that libertarianism was a cult…

      There are real libertarians who, by focusing on things like the abuse of power by big business, the prison and military industrial complexes, police brutality, etc, show that they actually do care about something besides guns and taxes. Based on how vocal they are, and on who runs the parties/institutions/etc, they seem to be a tiny minority. That’s the main reason I used the term “glibertarian” rather than “libertarian”.

  2. Great post. I may have to steal it at some point in the future. 🙂

    In defense of number 7, I think that we can firmly blame Star Wars for that. As glibertarians gestate in their parents basement, the anti-empire message in SW is one of the themes they latch on to. If Luke can do it, so can I…. 🙂

    P.S

    Have a Happy New Year and please continue the excellent work.

  3. Shouldn’t this list just be called “top 10 signs you might be a Libertarian”? I don’t see much difference.

  4. Love this. Libertarianism in a nut shell: Liberty for the powerful, but not for the little guy.

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