Winged

Dave Killion — May 20, 2011

I often hear or read expressions like ‘hard-right libertarian’ or ‘ultra-right-wing libertarian’, and man, I do. Not. Like it!┬áLibertarians support gay marriage, prostitution, freedom of association, and drug decriminalization. We oppose censorship, national ID, and conscription. You cannot be a right-winnger and endorse these views. That aside, there is no question that both the right and left view libertarians as being in the Conservative/Republican/Right Wing camp. Why?

There are two reasons, I think. First of all, the left HATES libertarians, probably even more than they hate the right. I’m not clear why, but I wonder if they worry libertarian ideology may be more threatening to their world view than is right-wing ideology. The second is gun control. The left is supposed to be about personal freedom, the right about economic freedom. But the right opposes gun-control, which is a social issue. I can’t think of an economic control to which the left is opposed. That means the right is, in theory, the party more supportive of freedom. And that means if a libertarians feel they have to choose between Team Red and Team Blue, Team Red gets the nod. Right? Correct?

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Shirley Sloan says

Red and blue aside….we know that know libertarian can ever be pink.

— May 22, 2011

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