Tuesday, July 08, 2014

He-Man Women Haters Club

I have met many so called "Libertarians" over the years and most have been blustery poseurs on line. It occurred to me that in all the adolescent, immature, verbiage spewed, I never heard any thing about women. I cannot recall a single encounter with a female "Libertarian". When I  googled the bios of prominent Libertarians, if they were married, like Ron or his boy, Rand, their wives were profiled as the quiet supporters in the back ground, lending support to their men.  What do libertarian women do keeping out of the way of mens folks? Dust the gold bar stockpile? Inventory the emergency rations in the bunker? Come up with tasty new recipes for stewing roadkill they can share after the collapse of civilization as we know it?
Once a year for the past 11 years, this campground in the northern part of the Granite State turns into a libertarian utopia. And this year, roughly 2,000 people — mostly white men — have paid between $45 and $100 to experience for one week what life would be like without the onerous mechanisms of laws, if the market ruled to the exclusion of all else. Want to wear a loincloth and sell moonshine, shop at an unregulated market that accepts Bitcoin and silver, or listen to a seminar called “How the Collapse of the State is Inevitable”? Then this is the place for you….
… The ideological motivations, which Free Staters discuss over homemade mead and beers, are relatively easy to understand. The U.S. government suffers from low approval ratings, we have been fighting wars for years without a satisfying result in sight, and privacy is slipping away. Why not just dissolve it all — or most of it— and live as individuals? In other words, live like the porcupine: Let your lifestyle not encroach on others, but if someone comes at you, don’t hesitate to protect yourself with quills. Or your AR-15. I believe that only people who take the comforts and blessings of civilization utterly for granted would think this way. It’s not surprising this crew is mostly white. One suspects if they ever got their wish to live like this all the time, most of them wouldn’t last a year. Perhaps literally. I assume many of the guys in New Hampshire were influenced by Ayn Rand. Weirdly, while Rand appeared to appreciate building and creating (e.g., The Fountainhead), she didn’t appear to appreciate civilization or notice that creativity and building have no value or purpose outside of civilization.
This is an anti feminist adolescent fantasy world and ironically enough, their hero is an anti feminist woman who was a delusional fiction writer, addicted to amphetamines,  erotically obsessed with a child kidnaping murderer, William Hickman and finally dying in 1982 of cancer and in denial and betrayal of all of her so called principles on Welfare. This delusional irresponsible childish basis for shirking the basic dignity we owe each other in living together in a society degrades us all.  Libertarians would happily let civilization rot rather than be saddled with their obligation to contribute to it. The American Society of Civil Engineers gives the quality of U.S. public infrastructure a D+. This isn’t about just roads. It’s waste treatment; it’s drinking water; it’s the electrical grid and ports and air traffic and levees. And it’s roads, bridges and tunnels. We’ve been letting it all rot for years because “fiscal conservatism” doesn’t want to spend money because fiscal conservatives don’t want to raise taxes. They’re just as short-sighted and selfish as the crew in New Hampshire, although they are still using plumbing. Libertarians? Just a polite euphemism for jack off artist. 


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