Giving libertarians a bad name

It seems the past few years have seen an increase in the number of people calling themselves “libertarian.” Normally this would be excellent news for people who support a society in which the maximum role of civil government is the protection of life, liberty, and property.

It becomes a problem when people who call themselves libertarian begin advocating for a more intrusive government. Some so called libertarians support gun control, humanitarian wars, the continued us of foreign aid, higher taxes on “the rich,” universal health care, a massive welfare program, stricter immigration laws and many other non-libertarian policies.

Glenn Beck is among these unlibertarian-libertarians.

He is now claiming that he will be relaunching ‘The Blaze’ as Global Libertarian Network. The problem lies in the fact that Beck’s network will misrepresent libertarian ideals and promote his message of false-libertarianism.

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  1. Its true but look at the bright side. People will begin to ask questions as they roam around the Libertarian library. in the end they will find out the truth about Libertarianism. I think that will be beneficial for all of us.

  2. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the importance of words, and of the superiority of actual definitions/meanings over the slangs du jour—particularly with respect to terms important to the liberty movement. There is a tremendous urgency attached to defending terms like “libertarian,” “capitalism,” et. al.

    Appealing to fellow travelers is going to fail hard when the politically disenfranchised consider giving libertarianism a fair shake, only to be told that Glenn Beck rides among them.
    Likewise, the leftist willing, at long last, to molt out of his Marxist skin will keep looking when “capitalism” includes eminent domain abuses, or the state-sponsored elimination of one’s competitors.

    Maybe I should stop rambling about it and articlize my concern.