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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

TNR continues swirl down the Chait chute

6 Jun

Though well known beauty Jonathan Chait no longer works at TrapNeuterRelease magazine, the current editors continue with his obsessive compulsion to write flawed articles critical of libertarianism.

This week’s entry, by former StarWars extra Jeet Heer (rumored to be playing the young Jabba The Hut in the next release), observes that Rand Paul polls better with Republican men than with Republican women, and from that launches into a discussion of how market liberalism is fatally flawed because it isn’t good for or attractive to women.

Jeet makes a basic logical error in the beginning of his piece. He begins with an observation that out of Republican primary voters, Paul does much better with men than with women. He then leaps to his opinions about women in general and how this relates to broad gaseous notions he imbibed in college about political economy and American history.
Someone capable of investigation and analysis would ask how male and female Republican primary voters differ, since those are the relevant populations. Looking inside the GOP, one might find that male GOP voters are more libertarian and female GOP voters more hawkish, socially conservative, or establishment leaning. Or if instead you look at libertarians of all or no parties, perhaps libertarian leaning voters identified in recent polls and discussed at Brookings, Cato, and the Reason Foundation, as often having certain demographic characteristics (secular, younger, more educated) are more likely to register GOP and vote in GOP primaries when male, and more likely to be non-voters, independents, or even Democrats (or Greens or Libertarian Party voters) when female. We will not find out from Jeet. We didn’t get any analysis, in part perhaps because it was difficult enough for a TNR scribbler to admit that female GOP voters exist, let alone survey what they think.
But Jeet’s real purpose is given away by the photo selection.  It’s funny to see how the TNR photo editor searched for a photo of someone s/he thought would be unappealing standing with Rand Paul.  Outside of the Pauls and academics (some of whom were rather hip and attractive, like Robert Nozick), the best known American men who call themselves libertarians are Himalayan climbing former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson, comic leading man Vince Vaughn, and movie star Clint Eastwood — who one suspects have more pulchritude – and testosterone – than decades worth of male TNR staffers.

The photo selection certainly allowed for many TNR on-line readers to signal us their superiority, posting about how libertarian men are beta males, socially awkward, unable to find love, etc. etc.  (Projection?) Does this amount to bullying of this poor unknown individual they chose to belittle by reproducing his photo I imagine without his consent?

Another surprising aspect of the TNR photo selection (and is it true by the way that former TNRer Stephen Glass is now a photo editor at MSNBC, in charge of cropping African American tea partiers’ hands and faces out of stock footage?) is that the guy they’ve chosen immediately made me think of my old friend and loyal Democrat, Todd Metcalf, who bounced around from being a Gore bundler, to a Clyburn staffer, to a Wyden lawyer.

It’s all rather catty from a magazine with a long history of closeted and not closeted gay editors and publishers, possibly rivaling GQ or Details, focusing the attractiveness of male politicians or their male supporters rather than their ideas.

Soros girls gone wild!

25 Jan
This week saw not one but two attacks from leftovers on libertarian led efforts to expose NSA abuses, both warning that NSA critics were too enamored of anti-government positions and candidates, threatening to undermine the New Deal warfare-welfare state and even the federally funded jobs of the leftovers themselves.

The New Republic  ran a piece by a federally funded academentian Sean Wilencz which attacked Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Julian Assange for insufficient fealty to… I mean FDR. Complete with guilt by association and arm chair psychologizing dredging up the child hood traumas and Internet chats of his targets, this piece demonstrates that Princeton and other state funded disinformation and re-education centers should all be defunded immediately, with their priesthoods tossed out on the streets where they could learn to make an honest living mopping floors. A quote: ” ‘I have a Walther P22,’ he [Snowden] wrote. ‘It’s my only gun, but I love it to death.’ The Walther P22, a fairly standard handgun, is not especially fearsome, but Snowden’s affection for it hinted at some of his developing affinities.”. Which led wag Scott Beiser to observe: “Oh noes! Snowden is a closet hoplosexual!”

And two unknown concubines of the multimillionaire lobbyist Podesta brothers at their Center for American Progress fret that people are now reading the Bill of Rights all the way to the end, even the 10th Amendment, now that they have heard they have rights the federal government has been abridging.

GOProud rumored to fold

26 May
So all the LGBTQpleaseGodstopmefromaddingmorelettersitsanaddiction libertarians, have been discussing, entre nous, the rumor that GOProud is folding from lack of funds.

One famous gal, let’s just call her Angelique, wrote me:

“Looking forward to the 10,000 word essay in the New Republic by James Kirchick which attributes the death of this most august organization to the presence of them Islams and giving girls the right to vote.”

But that is a distortion of the neocon position. Everyone knows it was actually specifically giving Muslim women the vote that caused all the trouble.


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


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.

New Republic caught fabricating again, this time re Ron Paul newsletters

6 Jan
So now it turns out that Jonathan Chait, Jamie Kirchik and the New Republic, who have maintained that Ron Paul’s newsletters had no one elses’ byline, have been misleading.  There was a byline from an author who is not Ron Paul