James Atticus Bowden wrote the following(emphasis added):
Libertarian Bill O’Reilly of the Fox Network champions in the mainstream media what a half-dozen or more clergy and Christian activist leaders advocate in their newsletters and websites. The new level of attention really demonstrates the power of Main Stream Media (MSM) TV. What a giant megaphone.
What a colossal mistake. I’m not talking about O’Reilly, although he is a colossal mistake, as well. I’m taking about the word Bowden used to describe O’Reilly. From wiki:
Specifically, libertarian politics holds that a person’s freedom to dispose of his body and private property as he sees fit should be unlimited as long as that person does not initiate coercion on the person or property of others. Libertarians define “coercion” as the use of physical force, the threat of such, or deception (fraud), that alters, or is intended to alter, the way individuals would use their body or property. The libertarian political principle prohibiting coercion is known as the non-aggression principle, and many libertarians consider it a defining tenet from which spring all their political views. Libertarians see themselves as consistent supporters of maximum freedom and minimum state intervention in all human activities (where “freedom” is defined as negative liberty).
Based on this definition, Fox’s bloviated statist ranter could only be described as anti-libertarian. I know hordes of libertarians and Libertarians, and I expect they would all agree. Let’s look at the record. O’Reilly:
- blatantly supports the war in Iraq
is a top general in the war on drugs
supports the use of torture
wants to increase EPA spending
wishes to create gulags and throw people in them for life
supports religious interference in legal and political matters
does not believe in the Second Amendment
wants to send troops to the U.S. Mexico border
favors some economic boycotts
supports raising automobile fuel efficiency standards
supports some welfare programs from time to time
generally criticizes legitimate libertarian activities (i.e. free speech issues) of the ACLU
opposes same-sex marriage (as a matter of law, not personal preference)
agrees with BCRA and the McCain-Feingold bill
believes in public healthcare for the underpriviledged
supports U.S. overseas detainment facilities
criticizes private associations and activities
supports public schools, and the teaching of Intelligent Design therein
favors unnecessary human suffering (while there are reports that he supports medical marijuana, his actions disprove his words)
even waged a short-lived war on gangsta rap
Describing O’Reilly as libertarian is about as accurate as calling Cindy Sheehan a hawk or Dubya a dove. Libertarians worldwide have just been insulted by this, and I’d like to hear an apology from Mr. Bowden.
UPDATE: Mr. Bowden just struck the word “Libertarian” on his article, and sent the following in an e-mail:
I’ll fix from my end. Thanks.
James Atticus Bowden
It’s not often that we can claim victory twice in one day at HoT. If we keep this up, we may lose some of our.