S(t)alon, the leftover website edited by Joan Walsh, a frequent MSNBC contributor, pretty much has a daily piece chock full of howlers attacking libertarians.
For months my hypothesis has been this was just whoring, socialist street walkers after capitalist cash, as the articles usually target particular libertarian divas with a big fan base: Ayn Rand, Ron Paul, Rand Paul. Essentially this clickbait is a form of pay per view porn, where proglodytes can join David Sirocco or some other nerdy pajama boy, minimally cooler than they are, in a gang rape of that uppity bitch’s (Ayn Rand’s) bones.
But the tone of recent articles, like the one above calling libertarians juvenile, suggest a new diagnosis. It’s projection. These nerdy leftovers are infatuated with libertarians, like a smelly, borderline autistic kid making prank calls or stalking a beautiful and popular student who doesn’t even know they exist.
In her recent appearances it looks like Joan Walsh has had her famously rodent-like dentition ground down, a new hair cut, and maybe a little freshening around the eyes. If she can’t land Nick for some extramarital hanky panky, perhaps she’s aiming to get a show as MSNBC cleans the Ronan and the Sharpton out of its stables. The old mare may ride yet!
Johan Norberg, Tim Moen, Marion Tupy, Arvin Vohra, Bjorn Lomborg, Chris Coyne, Peter Leeson, Tim Helbig – all variously hotter than some or all (in Moen’s case) on this list. By limiting to Americans and white people they produced a defective list.
This list is even sillier than the female list. A straight guy HAD to compose this. Half of these guys, nice guys, attractive guys, smart guys but NOT hot at all. And no way in a top 20. Also notice you have 50 year olds on the guy list (which is ok, it may well be some hot 50 year olds) not one woman over 35 on the gal list. I am going to redo this list sometime in the month with actual HOT libertarian guys. In the meantime try your luck with top 20 hottest libertarian lesbians and gays, top couples, and top libertarians of color.
And there is an InsomniacLibertarian discount. If you use me (Bruce Majors) as your buyer agent, I will give you a rebate and make a donation to a libertarian cause of your choice. As well as one of mine.
From this perch you can watch Katherine Mangu-Ward, Nick Gillespie and other reason staffers’ comings and goings.
It’s curious that Ann Coulter is charging libertarians with sucking up to progressives. I don’t disagree with her that one can find libertarians or “liberaltarians” who do this, especially in academe, the media, and inside the Beltway. But Ms. Coulter herself in her tortured legal “philosophizing” thinks that African Americans, and African Americans alone, should be given special legal privileges no one else has, at the expense of everyone else, because America once had race slavery. What is that if not sucking up to “liberals”? Especially when black comedians like Chris Rock point out that American Indians had a harder time than blacks. Not to mention the fact that, if you want to play this game, women and gays didn’t have a jolly old time before or after Emancipation. And that no one alive today in any of these groups has been a slave, except to the federal and state governments, and no government programs overall help disadvantaged groups get out of their underclass status.
Coulter’s barbs and jokes at CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Committee, where she is less defensive than when before libertarians, are indeed entertaining.
Ms. Coulter’s history with libertarians predates the recent Students for Liberty/Stossel kerfuffle about which Nick Gillespie writes on the reason magazine website today.
She was once approached by the Connecticut Libertarian Party to run for Senate against a RINO Republican when she opined that she would seek the LP line to run against him and make him lose to the Democrat. The LP decided she was not sufficiently pro-decriminalization so it thanked her for the meeting and did not allow her the candidacy. (A woman scorned?)
Early in her career out of law school she became friends with a libertarian Republican fellow Hill staffer and lawyer (who is now my neighbor). He stills reads her books before they are published and tries to persuade her each time to remove the most non-libertarian elements. Following CoCo Chanel’s advice about accessories, she is reported to only remove one item each book.
At her book signing in DC last year at the offices of Grover Norquist group, Americans for Tax Reform, Ms. Coulter entered to first encounter me and a Ron Paul donor to whom I had just given a Gary Johnson button. It was the day after Romney’s one good debate, and she grabbed my friend’s blouse and looked into her face nose to nose and said “Oh no no no no no no no – after that f-a-b-u-l-o-u-s performance last night you must be for Romney!” She then grabbed my own epynomous button for my Congressional campaign on my shirt and stared at me, to which I non-confrontationaly said “It’s for a local campaign.” She released me intact from her grip. Later one could hear her reply to a book buyer’s question of how her day was going – “it was great until I got here, and even here there are Gary Johnson buttons!”