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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sat Dec 28, 2013, 11:25 AM

24. Libertarians are utopians.

I was a Libertarian for a short time back in the 1990's. I admired their anti-war stance and their live & let live philosophy when it came to lifestyle choices. They were pro-gay, pro-choice, pro-immigrant and pro-legalization of marijuana.
But over time I became disturbed at their glorification of self-interest over the needs of others. Their worldview truly is a survival of the fittest/dog-eat-dog philosophy. You look out for number one and to hell with everyone else! They never seemed to care that there were people suffering because they could not afford health insurance. When a horrible natural disaster happened they saw no need for the federal government to send any kind of aid. They came to the defense of big business as it ran roughshod over the workers. (After all they said, a company should be able to do what it wants. Let the market decide if they were right or wrong.) I grew to hate their, "I'm doing fine, sucks to be you" mentality. I came to realize that having Libertarians in office would be a nightmare. A Libertarian Congress & President would show nothing but callousness towards the less fortunate. So I left Libertarianism and became a progressive Democrat. I now know Libertarians have a utopian vision of how life works. For some reason they think that letting businesses do whatever they want will make society prosper when recent events prove that is not true--i.e the 2008 financial meltdown. They are basically zealots and zealots never make good leaders.

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