If you can’t smear freedom-loving people with legitimate issues why not smear them with irrelevancies?
The latest smear comes from the Salon/Alternet article, “Libertarians are even whiter and wealthier than the GOP.”
As with virtually every article of this kind the premise is that libertarianism is nothing more than the political right wing of the Republican Party – not a philosophy of freedom and equality, not a code of ethics, not a belief system of peaceful individuals voluntarily interacting with one another – just a weird political opinion.
So the article opens by defining all libertarians as “the wealthy white fratboy wing of the GOP.”
The smear is based on an RPPI poll that finds libertarians to be “overwhelmingly” wealthy young white Anglo-Saxon Protestant males.
So all the poll really says is that the Modern American Libertarian Movement had to start somewhere, and it happened to start with WASP men.
Again typical of these types of articles, it studiously ignores the legitimate definition of libertarianism.
Libertarianism fundamentally, inescapably, rests on the Zero Aggression Principle, which unequivocally states that no person has a right to initiate force, intimidation or fraud against another.
The libertarian principle is color blind. It recognizes no racial, no ethnic, no gender, no economic or social or religious or any other non-coercive human difference.
The principle applies to all honest, moral people everywhere and at all times.
So the fact that polls show that the majority of people who embrace this moral code today are primarily “wealthy white fratboys” is truly irrelevant.
People who reject the Zero Aggression Principle are people who necessarily denounce the most fundamental concepts of human decency, the Golden Rule, the creed of “live and let live,” and thereby explicitly claim an immoral, irrational, despotic power to physically coerce, threaten violence against, and defraud others.
This is where Steven Rosenfeld, the article’s author, has placed himself. This is where Salon and Alternet, websites that routinely post articles like this, place themselves.
There is no gray area with the libertarian non-aggression principle; there is only acceptance or rejection.
Libertarians generally accept everything that the vast majority of civilized (non-coercive) people around the world accept – earn your own way in life and voluntarily help all of those who can’t help themselves – while rejecting the psychopathic idea that coercion is a justifiable means of accomplishing that.
So move along libertarians. Just another hatchet job. Nothing to see here.
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