Ersatz Libertarians

Justin Raimondo does a good number on fake libertarians of all kinds and shapes.

The denizens of the Beltway “libertarian” crowd are largely legends in
their own minds: Ron Paul, on the other hand, is a real world person, a
nine-term Republican congressman from the Gulf coast of Texas who has
nonetheless managed to maintain his unblemished record of libertarian
integrity. Paul, as Gillespie would have it, is “too stupid to realize
that’s not how politics works.” Here we have a former editor of “Suck”
lecturing America’s most successful libertarian politician on how
politics works: it’s laughable. Paul’s entire career in politics is a
living reproach to the cynicism of Gillespie and his fellow wannabe
“libertarian pundits, and that’s why they get wheeled out to sneer at

I linked three examples, above, but there are many more. I’ve recognized for a long time that any and all of these kinds of pundits will sacrifice principles for popularity every time. Q&O is a pathetic example, as they really aren’t even that popular. Paul has, at least — honestly, and with integrity — always stated his principles (some of which differ substantially from mine), done his very best to act in accordance with them, and will explain clearly and frankly to anyone who doubts.

This all may very well not amount to much, so the poseurs could one day have their "told-you-so" moment. Yea, that’s what I live for. It’s so important to cynically predict the future and be right. Wow. Ooh, & ah.

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  1. Richard Nikoley on November 7, 2007 at 09:47

    Yea, Ok, John. I really wasn't interested enough to take the time to follow all the threads, but I take it he may go overboard with regard to disdain for Israel and our Bible-commanded, unequivocal support for them.

    Not sure the relevance to this, and I am sure that we all have our prejudiced moments and our hot buttons; at least I do. Especially when it comes to that "chosen people" bullshit.

  2. John T. Kennedy on November 7, 2007 at 09:30

    Here's Raimondo on the fulminations of some "libertarian" flake.

  3. John T. Kennedy on November 7, 2007 at 09:55

    By the way, does anyone have the context of the Gillespie remark? Because it sounds to me like it was intended to be ironic – it sounds like he's really praising those “too stupid to realize that’s not how politics works.”

  4. Richard Nikoley on November 7, 2007 at 11:22

    To clarify, my own linking up of Reason and Cato was not to echo anything specific; it's just more of a general thing. Hell, I've subscribed to Reason for well more than a decade. Still, they irritate the hell out of me, sometimes.

  5. John T. Kennedy on November 7, 2007 at 11:53

    I don't think Raimondo's doing a good number on anyone if he's misrepresenting the remarks of his adversaries, which I strongly suspect is the case with the Gillespie quote.

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