Two dude and then badass libertarian bitch after badass libertarian bitch

My site is still infected. So I’ve gotta write these at night. They’re probs gonna be weirder.

I was really into an edible when I wrote this: “You guys Gary Johnson’s campaign slogan for the primary should be ‘A bird in the hand…'”

What I mean is that Gary Johnson is who people are talking about as the alternative to Trump. So even thought John McAfee might be a better president than Johnson, Johnson is more likely to win against Trump. Maybe that is obvious. I’m still into this edible.

Oh my God, you guys. This essay. I really like Jack Hunter. I didn’t really know who he was until he wrote The ‘Southern Avenger’ Repents: I Was Wrong About the Confederate Flag.

I’m sure I’d heard of him, because he is quite famous, especially among my set. But I assumed he was a, well, everything he was in his youth. But Jack Hunter has my Southern Evangelical zeal about social justice. He’s a lot more genteel and charming than I am, so it works better. But I really identify with him. And I mean hell, he just told conservatives to sit down about transgender people. I found that while searching for the thing he wrote today that C4PM told me I had to read.

And it was amazing.

The alt-right is the polar opposite of libertarianism.

Analyzing a subset of the alt-right who call themselves “neoreactionaries,” Vox’s Dylan Matthews explains this important distinction, ‘Most modern libertarians are individualists, motivated by a desire to prevent the masses from oppressing the individual…

“Neoreactionaries are not individualists… neoreaction places huge value on group membership and group loyalty,” Matthews says.

“They are tribalists, and for the most part—let’s not mince words—they are racists.”

Meet Milo Yiannopoulos, the Appealing Young Face of the Racist Alt-Right, via c4pm (I don’t remember which one/s, and I’m too nosy to check the group chat.

Okay so this was good. Mark Manson is one of my faves. I got this through his email newsletter.

Meanwhile, Bernays went on to pull off these kinds of cultural coups regularly throughout the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. He completely revolutionized the marketing industry and invented the field of public relations in the process. Paying celebrities to use your product? That was Bernays’ idea. Creating fake news articles that are actually subtle advertisements for a product? Also his idea. Staging controversial public events as a means to draw attention and notoriety for one of his clients? His idea as well. Pretty much every form of marketing or publicity we’re all subjected to today began with Bernays.

Today my girl Rachel Burger came out about being raped last year on this day. I’m so proud of her. She has had to fight the misogynistic, lazy, sclerotic mess of a criminal justice system every. fucking. step. of. the. way. Just to get to an arrest. It’s insane how often they’ll try to get you to drop your case so they don’t have to bother with you. They’ll stall, and delay, and tell you your chances are bad. They’ll do anything but their jobs. But best believe they’re jumping to put people in jail over drugs.

For going through all that just to protect other women, and I’m not even counting every category of abuse she’s had to endure at the hands of the state in this process, that is some selfless fucking shit. That is some brave, altruistic, do-the-right-thing shit.

Speaking of awesome women in the liberty movement, I liked Avens O’Brien’s recent speech to the LP.

Also speaking awesome women in the liberty movement, Angela Keaton’s Twitter has been on fire lates. Or is it just “fire?” What do the kids say?

Oh shit, I’ve actually got another bad liberty bitch to call out right now. And that bitch is Cathy Young. As I said recently, the bad thing isn’t for me to hate you. I ignore people I dislike. The worst is to be liked by me but disagreed with often and passionately. That’s Cathy Young. She drives me insane with her “social justice warrior” coverage. But here’s the thing. What makes me mad is that her SJW stuff is the only thing I see of hers. And it always takes the same tack, which is, basically, to straw man but get the point across, “People who care about identity-based oppression and bigotry and are upset by it and want to find solutions and move society forward are the authoritarians of the left.” And it’s like, yes, some of us are. Fuck those ones though. I’m not an authoritarian! I’m a mofuckin anarchist. And a “social justice warrior.”

But like, Cathy Young is not like staking out a place for herself as aligned with the interests of white males and becoming their queen (or mom, or Based Mom). Cathy Young doesn’t do identity politics like that. Cathy Young is a “social justice warrior” in that she’s genuinely concerned about identity-based oppression. She just wrote about it, in fact.

The thing about Cathy is that, for all the ways I disagree with her, she is genuine. She’s got no agenda, really. She’s not pro-or-anti social justice. She’s a true libertarian. She’s just for free speech and other civil liberties.

I admire that. I don’t even aspire to that because I think it’s okay to identify a target market and be a little one-sided to make a name for yourself. But Cathy has made a name for herself. Not by advocating for any “oppressed” group, but just by cranking out a ton of interesting, thoughtful, balanced commentary. Does her rape reporting make me want to tear my hair out? It always will. But do I think she’s shilling for rapists for pageviews from gamergate? Hell to the no. Do I think some people do that? I mean fuck I might if gamergate pageviews paid well enough and I could turn off comments. (I am joking. I don’t believe in display ad publishing model.)

Okay, that’s enough awesome badass amazing liberty bitches for you all. They’ll do more awesome shit tomorrow and I’ll cover it too.

One Comment

  1. tr

    There was a time when Americans believed in freedom.

    The US is dying from a million cuts. Part of the reason the USA is a nanny police state now is that whenever there is a problem, the kneejerk reaction in the US is to call for a new law.

    Nanny state laws are not the best solution, however. Nanny state laws lead to more laws, higher fines, and tougher sentences. Thirty years ago, DWI laws were enacted that led to DWI checkpoints and lower DWI levels. Seatbelt laws led to backseat seatbelt laws, childseat laws, and pet seatbelt laws. Car liability insurance laws led to health insurance laws and gun liability laws. Smoking laws that banned smoking in buildings led to laws against smoking in parks and then bans against smoking in entire cities. Sex offender registration laws led to sex offender restriction laws and violent offender registration laws.

    Nanny state laws don’t make us safer, either. Nanny state laws lead people to be careless since they don’t need to have personal responsibility anymore. People don’t need to be careful crossing the street now because drunk-driving has been outlawed and driving while using a cellphone is illegal. People don’t investigate companies or carry out due diligence because businesses must have business licenses now.

    The main point of nanny state laws is not safety. The main purposes of more laws are control and revenue generation for the state.

    Another reason laws are enacted is because corporations give donations to lawmakers to stifle competition or increase sales.

    Many laws are contradictory, too. Some laws say watering lawns is required, while other laws say watering lawns is illegal.

    Many nanny state laws that aim to solve a problem can be fixed by using existing laws. If assault is already illegal, why do we need a new law that outlaws hitting umpires?

    Nanny state laws are not even necessary. If everything was legal would you steal, murder, and use crack cocaine? Aren’t there other ways to solve problems besides calling the police? Couldn’t people educate or talk to people who bother them? Couldn’t people be sued for annoying behavior? Couldn’t people just move away? Even if assault was legal, wouldn’t attackers risk being killed or injured, too? Do people have consciences? Having no laws doesn’t mean actions have no consequences.

    If there is no victim, there is no crime.

    We don’t need thousands of laws when we only need 10.

    Freedom is not just a one way street. You can only have freedom for yourself if you allow others to have it.

    Should swimming pools be banned because they are dangerous? Hammers? Bottles? Rocks? Energy drinks? Pillows?

    Control freaks might get angry when a neighbor owns three indoor cats, but what did the neighbor take from them? Why should this be illegal? Is outlawing cats something a free country should do? Doesn’t banning everything sound like the opposite of freedom?

    Instead of getting mad at people who like freedom, why don’t people realize that freedom is a two way street?

    If you allow others to paint their house purple then you can, too.

    If you allow others to own a gun then you can, too.

    If you allow others to swear then you can, too.

    If you allow others to gamble then you can, too.

    Who wants to live in a prison?

    Think. Question everything.

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