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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 10:36 AM

20. Those aren't libertarians; those are right wing looneys.

Ron Paul and the lunatics latched on to the "libertarian" label as a way to gain at least a label for themselves even though they don't know what it really means or all the ramifications. "Down with government" is good enough for the looneys and they don't look further. They don't do nuance.

Similarly, here on DU, people have latched on to the label "libertarian" as a way to tar and feather people they don't like even though they don't really know all the shades of it. Just like there are many different kinds and degrees of "liberals" and "progressives", there are many different variations of libertarians and many degrees. But that doesn't stop many here who just love to metaphorically whack with their extremist "libertarian" 2x4 any deviant from a purist leftist line.

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