This piece by Digby does a good job explaining to Conor the difference between civil and economic libertarians, but leaves out one salient point. The reason no one takes most libertarians seriously is because they keep voting for people who do a great job securing economic “liberty,” which basically just means they do a great job stripping necessary regulations and cutting taxes for the Koch brothers, but they do a horrible job reversing any of the negative civil liberties trends. And on many social issues, they just punt and roll with the wingnuts anyway- ask Ron and Rand Paul how they feel about abortion and the freedom to choose. Also, they like that you are free to be shot by some lunatic as you stand talking to your congressmen. So yeah, Ronald Bailey writes a piece every now and then about global warming, and someone at Reason can wax eloquent about prison rape, but so what?
On the other hand, so-called economic libertarians with their Republican and corporate masters have just been having a great time of things. Just the other day, the Supreme Court gave us the freedom from worrying about suing our employers if they wrong us. With the inevitable Medicare and Medicaid cuts because the Koch brothers don’t want to pay taxes, old and poor people will soon be free to die in the streets. Once we completely gut the EPA, you will be free to drink all the hydro-fracking residue you want! If we privatize social security, you will be free to have your savings wiped out when the unregulated Galtian super-geniuses rob you, me, and everyone else, and you are free from the ability to sue them. If the libertarians get their way and ACA is overturned, you will be once again free to get kicked out of your health insurance because you have a pre-existing condition and you will be free to try to find a plan on your own that costs twice what you make a year. If they have their way, tort reform will give you the freedom from ever worry about a civil court remedy. You’re free from job security, you’re free from a pension, you’re free from medical care, you’re free of clean water, and you’re free from good roads and solid infrastructure. Freedom, it’s on the rise everywhere!
You want glibertarians to respect your rights? Declare yourself a corporation. Until then, suck it up, whiners. Producers are tired of your shit.