Libertarians know they're making progressives panicky when "former libertarians" feel compelled to create stereotyped pigeonholed strawman libertarians with which to shadowbox before pretending to destroy them.
Hence another lightweight article from Policymic, "Don't Feed the Trolls, and Other Advice For Dealing With Libertarians."
When Emmett Rensin ("I was a teenage libertarian myself") calls his once-fellow freedom-lovers "trolls" and spends the entire opening paragraph of his hit piece focusing on the eloquence of the very word "libertarian" you know you're in for a very shallow critique.
He wonders "Must we take these people seriously?" in which "we" refers to his fellow big government loving liberal progressives and "these people" (a term once used dismissively by snobby whites against all blacks) refers to "new libertarians" he proceeds to give us an article full of reasons why "we" shouldn't take libertarians seriously before concluding that "we" should.
He trots out all the trite old clichés:
Libertarianism appeals "to precocious teenage malcontents" he insists in an article that reads like it was written by a precocious teenage malcontent.
Libertarians are "overwhelmingly young, white, male, and reasonably affluent," a demographic that may have been true in the 1970s but is woefully out of date.
He accuses libertarians of clinging to privilege blindness, defined as giving "benefits to members of dominant groups" without mentioning that this is exactly opposite of the actual libertarian belief system but perfectly describes progressives who derive their privileges from their beloved statist/corporatist/collectivist government by imposing groupthink on society at the point of the one gun they fully embrace and accept – the government's gun.
Policymic, like Salon and Alternet, are echo chambers where progressives can vent their angst while pretending that their moods and feelings should prevail in the real world.
Like all anti-libertarian writers Rensin never mentions the one true definition of libertarianism, the Zero Aggression Principle, since they have no real answer to it.
In virtually every case "former libertarians" are "former" because they were never really libertarians in the first place. They didn't "grow up," they just dropped out because they couldn't stomach the idea of surrendering their desire to dominate others.
That's what progressives, like conservatives, are all about. Unlike libertarianism in which each individual owns his own life the establishment left and right endlessly battle each other and everyone else for the power to impose their own ideologies on everyone.
And they call libertarians trolls.
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