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If you are going to smear Ayn Rand, the Pauls, etc, at least be witty about it

21 Jul

Radley Balko has a FaceBook Note where he aggregates all the variously droolingly stupid and foamingly rabid headlines from articles at places like (a website President Putin funds as a vanity project for his American concubine Joan Walsh) or TrapNeuterRelease (a magazine on a lifeline from a Facebook billionaire for eunuchs and people with congenital deformities of the crotch who were misdiagnosed as gay).

(We’ve commented on a number of these before at IL ourselves.)

Since I think Radley’s ethics won’t actually allow him to shoot me, I am reproducing it here without even asking:

Portrait of an obsession: Every Alternet and/or Salon headline about libertarians from the last three years.

As Gene Healy put it, “Never before have so many been so intimidated by so few with so little political power.”

New articles up to July 2015

Libertarianism is for white men

What Rand Paul’s libertarian hypocrisy reveals about the GOP’s giant race problem

America’s libertarian freakshow: Inside the free-market fetish of Rand Paul & Ted Cruz

Rise of the techno-Libertarians: The 5 most socially destructive aspects of Silicon Valley

Big Data’s big libertarian lie: Facebook, Google and the Silicon Valley ethical overhaul we need

Elon Musk will not save us: Why libertarians waiting for a superman are wasting everyone’s time

Beware the Silicon Valley elite: Ayn Rand, Google libertarianism and Indiana’s “religious freedom”

I was a troll on the white dude-bro Internet: The dark side of gaming, libertarianism, and guns

Rand Paul’s civil rights fiasco: How Jon Stewart just unmasked him — and exposed libertarians’ perverted view of freedom

Rand Paul’s dystopian America: 6 things to know about the war-mongering, faux libertarian

My Personal Libertarian Hell: How I Enraged the Movement and Paid the Price

How Big Business Invented the Theology of ‘Christian Libertarianism’ and the Gospel of Free Markets

Welcome to ‘Libertarian Island’: Inside the Frightening Economic Dreams of Silicon Valley’s Super Rich

It’s Bizarre: Libertarians Are Clueless About the ‘Free Market’ That They Worship

The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda

New articles up to March 2015

Libertarianism is for petulant children: Ayn Rand, Rand Paul and the movement’s sad “rebellion”

The atheist libertarian lie: Ayn Rand, income inequality and the fantasy of the “free market”

Nightmare libertarian project turns country into the murder capital of the world

21 Rand Paul quotes that expose libertarianism for the con job it is

Ann Coulter: Libertarian voters are “idiots” who deserve to “drown”

My unusual libertarian journey: How a former outlaw broke the political mold

Libertarian Sham: Using the L Word to Hide Even Worse Politics

Ayn Rand’s capitalist paradise lost: The inside story of a libertarian scam

The sharing economy is a lie: Uber, Ayn Rand and the truth about tech and libertarians

Rand Paul’s libertarian hoax: Why his latest strategy is a sham

“That’s something that should make libertarians nervous”: Inside the tumultuous rise of an American ideology

You’re Not the Boss of Me! Why Libertarianism Is a Childish Sham

Big Economic Theory Underpinning Libertarian Economics Is Total Baloney

The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda

Koch-Tied Group Tries to Trick Stoners Into Voting for Wisconsin Libertarian

Rand Paul’s Quest to Woo Young People — What Does It Mean for Libertarianism?

Koch Brothers: Teach Our Libertarian Claptrap and Get Millions for Your College!

What Happened When Some Libertarians Went Off to Build Ayn Rand’s Vision of Paradise

New articles up to September 2014

Confessions of a recovering Libertarian: How I escaped a world of Ron Paul hero worship

Rand Paul gets schooled: Libertarian fantasies don’t help kids learn — teachers do

Ferguson brings the libertarians: Why a new coalition has everyone confused

Libertarians’ true identity revealed: Rich conservatives OK with gay people, basically

The GOP’s libertarian time bomb: Why “going Rand” would be an electoral disaster

The 7 strangest libertarian ideas

The atheist libertarian lie: Ayn Rand, income inequality and the fantasy of the “free market”

Ann Coulter: Libertarian voters are “idiots” who deserve to “drown”

Ron Paul’s no Nirvana, and this isn’t the “Libertarian Moment”

Proof the GOP’s newfound “libertarianism” is a big ol’ sham

Stephen Colbert skewers libertarian scheme: “I’m tired of the whole idea of a melting pot in America”

The GOP’s new holy land: How libertarianism is changing the face of the Republican Party

Rand Paul, Giant Libertarian Fraud

Koch Brothers: Teach Our Libertarian Claptrap and Get Millions for Your College!

How Hanging Out With Libertarians Made Me Stop Being a Libertarian

You Don’t Know What ‘Libertarian’ Means

Some Self-Described Libertarians Can’t Distinguish Libertarian from Communist or Unitarian

What Happened When Some Libertarians Went Off to Build Ayn Rand’s Vision of Paradise

NYT Sunday Magazine Falls Hook, Line and Sinker For Libertarians’ Big Propaganda Lie

Why Are Koch Brothers Trying to Masquerade as Libertarians?

Ugly Right-Wing Underbelly of the Libertarian Cause on Display at Silicon Valley Conference

7 Libertarian Upstarts Who Might Help Democrats Keep Their U.S. Senate Majority: These beer-swilling, racist, movie junkie, misogynist and plain-jane Libertarians might just help Dems keep the Senate.

Libertarians’ Sneaky New Crusade

What would the Founding Fathers have thought about our libertarian crazies?

Death of a Libertarian Fantasy: Why Dreams of a Digital Utopia Are Rapidly Fading Away

How the Libertarian Agenda Drowns Out Rational Approaches to Major Social Problems Like Guns and Auto Accidents

How Libertarianism Would Actually Curtail Human Freedom

Disgraced coal baron rebrands himself as libertarian activist

Libertarians’ anti-government crusade: Now there’s an app for that

Why I left libertarianism: An ethical critique of a limited ideology

The question libertarians just can’t answer

Grow up, Libertarians!

New articles up to May 2014

Google shows libertarians the money

Cliven Bundy’s next sick libertarian paradise: Georgia wants you to die from gun violence

Libertarians’ scary new star: Meet Bryan Caplan, the right’s next “great” philosopher

Fresh Silicon Valley libertarian idiocy: Government is “slavery”

The libertarian dream crypto-currency is here — but its fate remains uncertain

Piketty shrugged: How the French economist dashed libertarians’ Ayn Randian fantasies

Astra Taylor’s radical Internet critique: “I don’t want to give in to the libertarian logic of our time”

Ralph Nader Wants You to Join Right-Wing Libertarians to Solve America’s Problems: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

New articles up to April 2014

Don’t Leave Bitcoin to the Libertarians! Why the Progressive Movement Needs Open Source Money

Young, rich and politically ignorant: Sean Parker and the next generation of libertarian billionaires

Cause for trepidation: Libertarians’ newfound concern for prison reform

10 reasons Americans should be wary of Rand Paul’s libertarianism — especially millennials

Libertarians’ delusional “New Atlantis” fantasy: Floating ocean city-states

CEO of Reddit: “The userbase for bitcoin is basically crazy libertarians”

Game over: How libertarians lost the battle for Bitcoin’s soul

Why We Should Be Suspicious of the Libertarian Right’s Newfound Concern for Prison Reform

3 inconvenient facts that make libertarians’ heads explode

Libertarians’ ethical gap: Why their alliance with Christians is based on contempt

Sorry, libertarians: The IRS is going to levy taxes on your bit coins

Articles from 2012 to February 2014

Letter to an Angry Libertarian

The Libertarian Billionaire Agenda Propelling the Tea Party Monster That Has Shut Down Congress

What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way

Why Atheist Libertarians Are Part of America’s 1 Percent Problem

Libertarian Writings that Read Like Comic Books

The True History of Libertarianism in America: A Phony Ideology to Promote a Corporate Agenda

Latest Major Chemical Spill Exposes Flaws of Libertarian Approach to Govt.

Why Libertarians Are Basically Cult Members

The Terrifying Future Envisioned By Libertarians

Meet Former GOP Public Relations Flak Radley Balko, Now a Libertarian Crusader Against Police Militarization

How a Libertarian Used Ayn Rand’s Crazy Philosophy to Drive Sears Into the Ground

The Libertarian Con: Favorite ‘Rebel’ Ideology of the Ruling Class

Libertarian Developer’s Ayn Rand Fantasy Is Detroit’s Latest Nightmare

How an Ayn Rand-Loving Libertarian Destroyed The Company He Runs With His Cultish Objectivist Theories

Exposed: How a Lot of the Libertarian Outrage Over Govt. Spying Is Just Shilling for the Private Surveillance Biz

Don’t Be Fooled by Pot-Loving Libertarian Gary Johnson — He Works for the 1%

Libertarian Activist Openly Loads Shotgun and Calls for Revolution in D.C.

Are Right-Wing Libertarian Internet Trolls Getting Paid to Dumb Down Online Conversations?

The Really Creepy People Behind the Libertarian-Inspired Billionaire Sea Castles

A Rand Paul Presidential Campaign Would Teach Americans Just How Vicious and Anti-Social the Libertarian Agenda Is

The Ultimate Escape: The Bizarre Libertarian Plan of Uploading Brains into Robots to Escape Society

Jon Stewart Eviscerates Free-Market Libertarianism in Bit on Illegal Foreclosure

Libertarian Suggests Children Should be Trained to Tackle Shooters

Exposed: How a Lot of the Libertarian Outrage Over Govt. Spying Is Just Shilling for the Private Surveillance Biz

Ayn Randroids and Libertarians Join Forces: Will Her Noxious Philosophy Further Infect America?

Libertarians in 2013: The Even Whiter, Wealthier, WASPier Bastion of Republican Party

Politically Isolated Libertarians Go Literal, Consolidating Plans For Man-Made Libertarian Islands

Why Libertarians Play the Clowns in the Circus Show Called the Republican Party

Libertines v. Libertarians: Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s Rejection of Sexual Restraints

The secret libertarianism of Uber & Airbnb

Great Disawakening: A Burgeoning Libertarian Contagion?

When libertarianism fails

Libertarians with money, scarier than a black man with a gun

Christie slams ‘libertarian’ trend on security

Libertarianism’s Amorality

Colonial Americans Were Not Libertarians!

Why Libertarianism Loses Me (Hint: Because I Love Steak)

Bringing back feudalism-Is libertarianism an unwitting tool?

The question libertarians just can’t answer

Why I fled libertarianism — and became a liberal

Confessions of a former Libertarian: My personal, psychological and intellectual epiphany

5 libertarian oligarchs who made fortunes off the government they want to destroy

GOP’s epic internal struggle: The modernists vs. libertarian fabulists

“The Daily Show” destroys Fox News libertarian Andrew Napolitano for blaming the Civil War on Abraham Lincoln

Edward Snowden: A libertarian hero

Don’t ally with libertarians: Ideologues co-opt an anti-NSA rally

11 questions to see if libertarians are hypocrites

A Bitcoin libertarian disaster: The Silk Road gets busted

5 bogus libertarian talking points

Libertarians are very confused about capitalism

A libertarian nightmare: Bitcoin meets Big Government

Libertarians: Still a cult

The screwed generation: Libertarian, not liberal

Grow up, Libertarians!

“The Walking Dead”: Anti-libertarian critique

A libertarian man’s surprising proposal: Gender quotas!

“Libertarian populism” = Ayn Rand in disguise

Sorry, libertarians: You’re still hypocrites

How to beat libertarians on the economy

Antonin Scalia, civil libertarian?

Judge behind Verizon order tied to free trip from libertarian think tank

Here’s what’s wrong with Ayn Rand, libertarians

Libertarians are even whiter and wealthier than the GOP

The libertarian/marijuana conspiracy to swing the election

Libertarians name North Dakota “most free” state

Is Werner Herzog a libertarian?

“The Libertarian Case for Mitt Romney” is hilarious

Rand Paul tries to sell social conservatives on libertarianism

Thom Hartmann: Libertarians are pushing us over a cliff

Liberals should unite with Libertarians (sometimes)

Libertarians who don’t understand liberty

Ann Coulter gets booed by a roomful of libertarians

Libertarians fear Obamacare so much they closed the government

How Libertarian-Style Capitalism Killed My Father and My Best Friends

Facebook Spouse in New York Congressional Race – Obama Crony Capialist?

12 Feb
Sean Eldridge, husband to Facebook founder and The New Republic owner Chris Huges, has a day job as a venture capitalist with something called Hudson River Ventures.  It’s a curious investment fund.  Rather than investing in worthy or profitable businesses simply, it invests (since 2011) only in businesses, it looks mainly like food and beverage businesses, in the Hudson Valley.  In other words, it loans money to people in the Congressioal district where Eldridge is running for office.

We don’t know how much of the money comes from semi-billionaire Chris Hughes.  Is The New Republic trying to buy a Congressional seat?

Hudson Valley Venture’s Facebook page emphasizes their ties to Obama (photos),  Chuck Schumer, etc:  “Proud that the Hudson Valley is featured prominently in today’s inaugural celebration (thanks to Senator Schumer!). Apple pie from Columbia County and maple syrup from Dutchess at the inaugural lunch!”

Hudson River Ventures, LLC is a small business investment fund focused on the Hudson Valley. 
Founded by Sean Eldridge in 2011, Hudson River Ventures works to empower entrepreneurs and build thriving businesses throughout the Hudson Valley. Hudson River Ventures is making strategic investments ranging from $50,000 to $500,000 in our target industry sectors. To learn more, contact us at


Chris Gibson vs Sean Eldridge

12 Feb
Here’s the voting record of New York Republican Congressman Chris Gibson, who is being challenged by millionaire investor/Facebook founder spouse/gay Democrat Sean Eldridge.

He seems to have voted against using federal funds to pay for legal challenges to DOMA.  He also consistently votes against extending or funding surveillance state measures like NDAA and the Patriot Act.

One wonders if Eldridge will be a step’n’fetchit gay who supports Obama’s drones, kill lists, and spying, as long as he supports equal slavery for gays.


Date Bill No. Bill Title Outcome Vote
Jan. 23, 2013 HR 325 To Ensure the Complete and Timely Payment of the Obligations of the United States Government Until May 19, 2013 Bill Passed – House
(285 – 144)
Jan. 15, 2013 H Amdt 4 Offsets Cost of Disaster Relief Appropriations Through Discretionary Budget Cuts Amendment Rejected – House
(162 – 258)
Jan. 15, 2013 HR 152 Disaster Relief Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed – House
(241 – 180)
Jan. 1, 2013 HR 6726 Congressional Pay Freeze and Fiscal Responsibility Act Bill Passed – House
(287 – 129)
Jan. 1, 2013 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Concurrence Vote Passed – House
(257 – 167)
Dec. 20, 2012 HR 6684 Spending Reduction Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(215 – 209)
Dec. 20, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Conference Report Adopted – House
(315 – 107)
Nov. 30, 2012 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(245 – 139)
Nov. 16, 2012 HR 6156 Russia and Moldova Jackson-Vanik Repeal and Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(365 – 43)
Sept. 21, 2012 HR 3409 Stop the War on Coal Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(233 – 175)
Sept. 20, 2012 HR 6429 STEM Jobs Act of 2012 Bill Failed – House
(257 – 158)
Sept. 20, 2012 H J Res 118 Congressional Disapproval of Department of Health and Human Services Rule to Waive Certain Requirements for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program (TANF) Joint Resolution Passed – House
(250 – 164)
Sept. 19, 2012 HR 5912 Prohibits Public Funding for Political Party Conventions Bill Passed – House
(310 – 95)
Sept. 14, 2012 HR 6213 No More Solyndras Act Bill Passed – House
(245 – 161)
Sept. 13, 2012 HR 6365 National Security and Job Protection Act Bill Passed – House
(223 – 196)
Sept. 12, 2012 HR 5949 FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(301 – 118)
Aug. 2, 2012 HR 6233 Agricultural Disaster Assistance Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(223 – 197)
Aug. 2, 2012 HR 6169 Pathway to Job Creation through a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(232 – 189)
Aug. 1, 2012 HR 8 Job Protection and Recession Prevention Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(256 – 171)
July 31, 2012 HR 3803 District of Columbia Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act Bill Failed – House
(220 – 154)
July 31, 2012 HR 828 Federal Employee Tax Accountability Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(263 – 114)
July 31, 2012 S 679 Presidential Appointment Efficiency and Streamlining Act of 2011 Bill Passed – House
(261 – 116)
July 26, 2012 HR 4078 Red Tape Reduction and Small Business Job Creation Act Bill Passed – House
(245 – 172)
July 25, 2012 HR 6168 President Obama’s Proposed 2012-2017 Offshore Drilling Lease Sale Plan Act Bill Failed – House
(164 – 261)
July 25, 2012 HR 459 Federal Reserve Transparency Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(327 – 98)
July 25, 2012 HR 6082 Congressional Replacement of President Obama’s Offshore Drilling Plan Bill Passed – House
(253 – 170)
July 19, 2012 HR 5856 Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2013 Bill Passed – House
(326 – 90)
July 19, 2012 H Amdt 1416 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention of the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted – House
(247 – 166)
July 12, 2012 HR 4402 National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(256 – 160)
July 11, 2012 HR 6079 Repeals the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 Bill Passed – House
(244 – 185)
June 21, 2012 HR 4480 Domestic Energy and Jobs Act Bill Passed – House
(248 – 163)
June 19, 2012 HR 2578 Conservation and Economic Growth Act Bill Passed – House
(232 – 188)
June 7, 2012 HR 5855 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act for 2013 Bill Passed – House
(234 – 182)
June 7, 2012 HR 436 Repeals Excise Tax on Medical Devices Bill Passed – House
(270 – 146)
May 31, 2012 H Amdt 1160 Project Labor Agreements Amendment Adopted – House
(218 – 198)
May 31, 2012 HR 3541 Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act (PRENDA) of 2012 Bill Failed – House
(246 – 168)
May 18, 2012 HR 4310 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013 Bill Passed – House
(299 – 120)
May 18, 2012 H Amdt 1127 Repeals Indefinite Military Detention Provisions Amendment Rejected – House
(182 – 238)
May 18, 2012 H Amdt 1140 Prohibits Reductions to Strategic Nuclear Arms Required by New START Amendment Adopted – House
(238 – 162)
May 17, 2012 H Amdt 1103 Limits Funding for War in Afghanistan to the Withdrawal of U.S. Forces Amendment Rejected – House
(113 – 303)
May 16, 2012 HR 4970 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(222 – 205)
May 10, 2012 HR 5652 Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(218 – 199)
May 9, 2012 HR 2072 Export-Import Bank Reauthorization Act of 2012 Bill Passed – House
(330 – 93)
May 9, 2012 H Amdt 1096 Prohibits Use of Funds in Contravention with the Defense of Marriage Act Amendment Adopted – House
(245 – 171)
April 27, 2012 HR 4628 Extending Student Loan Interest Rates Bill Passed – House
(215 – 195)
April 26, 2012 HR 3523 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act Bill Passed – House
(248 – 168)
April 19, 2012 HR 9 Income Tax Deduction for Small Businesses Bill Passed – House
(235 – 173)
April 18, 2012 HR 4348 Extension of Surface Transportation Funding and Approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline Bill Passed – House
(293 – 127)
March 29, 2012 H Con Res 112 Limits Federal Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2013-2022 (“Ryan Budget”) Joint Resolution Passed – House
(228 – 191)
Feb. 29, 2012 HR 1837 Water Resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley Bill Passed – House
(246 – 175)

Christopher 'Chris' Patrick Gibson
Full Name: Christopher ‘Chris’ Patrick Gibson
Current Office: U.S. House – District 19, Republican
First Elected: 11/02/2010

Next Election: 2014
On The Ballot: Won, Conservative, Republican, Independence for U.S. House – District 19

Family: Wife: Mary Jo; 3 Children: Katie, Maggie, Connor
Birth Date: 05/13/1964

Gibson: US cannot be world policemen anymore

11 Feb
Gay Democrat Sean Eldridge, husband of New Republic owner/editor and Facebook founder Chris Hughes, has filed papers to run against Gibson.  We have not researched Gibson’s voting history on individual rights or gay issues.

Gibson: US cannot be world policemen anymore
Gibson addresses his Veterans’ Advisory Board

KINGSTON – Congressman Christopher Gibson told his Veterans Advisory Board meeting in Kingston on Monday that as the war in Afghanistan winds down, the US can no longer play the role of world policeman as it has since the end of the Cold War.

Gibson said while al Qaeda is “a determined enemy” bent on destroying the Western World, the US must change its military mission.

“If we think differently then I think we can reorganize our armed forces and we can still have the world’s most formidable armed forces and deter other nations that would want to do us harm without putting us in all these spots all over the world,” he said.