The Price of Extreme Individualism

Here’s a new spin on Niemöller which seems to reflect my observations of common infighting within the libertarian movement. Perhaps it will shed some light on why we accomplish so little at times.

First they kicked out the conspiracy theorists, but I didn’t care as they are a bunch of wingnuts who give the movement a bad name.

Then they kicked out the anarchists, but I didn’t care because I’m a minarchist.

Then they kicked out the pragmatists, but I didn’t care because I don’t expect third party wins anyway.

Then they kicked out the people concerned with corporatism, but I didn’t care because I’m pro big business.

Then they kicked out the LP members, but I didn’t care because I’m not part of the tin-foil hat crowd.

Then they kicked out the left-leaning libertarians, but I didn’t care because they side with the socialists.

Then they kicked out the people who push drug war issues, but I didn’t care because they’re too radical.

Then they kicked out the open borders crowd, but I didn’t care because illegal immigrants steal my tax dollars.

Then they kicked out the people with wilder sexual habits, but I didn’t care because I don’t wish to associate with deviates.

Then they kicked out out the pro-war crowd, but I didn’t care because I was anti-war.

Then they kicked out the pro-lifers, but I didn’t care because abortion isn’t important to me.

Then they kicked out the FAIR Tax crowd, but I didn’t care because I prefer a national VAT.

Then they kicked out the gun nuts, but I didn’t care as they are associated with militia types.

Then they kicked out the medical marijuana activists, but I didn’t care because medical marijuana laws still give power to the state.

Then they kicked out the folks concerned with ballot access, but I didn’t care because I’m pushing for the Condorcet method.

Then they kicked out the right-leaning libertarians, but I didn’t care because I score perfectly on a Nolan Chart.

Then they kicked out the homosexuals, but I didn’t care because they don’t reflect my moral views.

I still stand on my principles, but I can’t figure out why it’s so damned lonely out here…

6 Comments
  1. An extremely timely note this was,
    expressing the tolerance we need to succeed.

    If we agreed on everything then we most certainly
    would not be libertarians.

    All we need to agree upon is to tolerate the rough edges,
    because if we were to look in the mirror of others’ minds
    we would see our own more clearly.

  2. You left out:

    “Then they kicked out anybody who doesn’t believe in Darwinian evolution, but I didn’t care because I’m too rational to believe that there was any Intelligent Design involved.”

    “Then they kicked out those who believe in a God, but I didn’t care because my philosophy is libertarianism.”

  3. just remember. freedom does not lie in doing exactly what you want to do, that’s just being cantankerous. freedom lies in allowing others to do exactly what THEY want to do, no matter how stringently you disagree with it

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