Since many libertarians aren't economically inclined beyond "End the Fed" protests and have likely only read about – but never actually read – libertarian economists like Ludwig von Mises and F.A. Hayek they likely haven't heard of Dorian Electra Fridkin Gomberg.
"Dorian Electra," her YouTube Channel says, "is a songwriter and filmmaker best known for her quirky music videos about economics."
She burst onto the libertarian, hip-hop, free market economics and college scenes in 2010 with her YouTube hit "I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek" and followed it with five more videos and several personal appearances.
"I don’t call myself a libertarian at all anymore, that’s just what other people call me for convenience" she told The College Fix (article by Julie Ershadi, Bryn Mawr College, on February 22, 2013) during her appearance at this year’s International Students For Liberty Conference.
So what happened? The "Libertarian Lolita" article by Moe Tkacik in Gawker last July was unrelentingly vicious in its anti-freedom slasher attack against Electra in which he ignorantly conflated libertarianism with a "right wing conspiracy" that he characterized as an "obscene case of ideological pedophilia" for "indoctrinating" Electra with laissez-faire "propaganda."
On February 24 College Insurrection, along with many other sites, re-posted the College Fix article in which Electra disavowed her libertarianism and offered the editorial suggestion, "Perhaps it was Ann Coulter’s smack-down of college Libertarians that made the difference?"
The "smackdown" refers to the now-infamous John Stossel show in which Coulter calls libertarians "Pussies."
So, has being vilified from both the left and right driven Dorian Electra right out of her libertarian skin? Or, as history suggests, was she never really libertarian in the first place?
Libertarian News Examiner contacted Electra to get her side of the story and she responded with "I'd love to send you a more detailed explanation. I appreciate your asking."
But she has not responded to a pair of follow-up inquiries since then.
In her defense it should be noted that she was only 18 when she recorded "I'm in Love with Friedrich Hayek" and today she's a 20-year-old college student pursuing a liberal arts degree in Chicago.
So let's just wish her well and win her (over? back?) to our side.
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