mapaghimagsikI don't know if this is entirely true by itself…
Unfortunately, most liberatarians I've met are trust fund children – from the house they inherited from their parents (assuming their parents are deceased, many of these self-made men still live at home, and don't even have the self-sufficiency to pay rent).
I'm in my mid-thirties, so libertarianism wasn't really in vogue when I was younger. It was more the “Reagan youth” vs. the hippie movement. Nobody really outed themselves as a Libertarian back then.
But a lot fewer people in their twenties lived at home, too. Living in Mom's basement was actually something that was looked down upon, whereas today it's no big deal… and the excuses that stuff is too expensive today are just excuses. It's not like a loaf of bread cost a dime.
I'll admit there is a delicious irony in the notion that one would have the philosophy of total self-sufficience, but not even knowing how to wash one's clothes.
The irony is delicious, and because I'm talking about libertarians I've met (and most, at that), and not some sort of “this is true of all libertarians” statement, I'd hope you'd take me at my word about those I'd met, rather than say its untrue :D
I have met other types of libertarians. I've even met the “I have my live-in-boyfriend and we cheat on welfare to get by and hate those darn welfare cheats” libertarian. And yes, there is this cycle of self-loathing to them that I could only compare to US Middle East Policy.
I've also met the, “I'm successful, so why can't everyone else be successful” libertarian. These people seem to think the market is the very greatest judge, jury, and executioner around. They cannot conceive that perhaps the market, like the people who make up the market, are emotional, illogical and capricious. They also don't realize that lawyers, unions, and government regulation *are* market forces.
I've also met the “The market is entirely fair, which is why when I make a hiring decision, I hire my bros (pronounced ‘braws’ here)” They never realize they completely undermine their own argument.
I don't mean to pick on libertarians too much. In general I hate your politics
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