What Annoys Me About Libertarians

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Credit: http://www.timsackett.com/2014/05/14/3-highly-effective-habits-of-annoying-candidates/

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Don’t get me wrong. I’m a libertarian. But some libertarians annoy me!

First, the anti-fun police libertarians. These people think that everyone should be focused on the stories that they care about 100% of the time. You’ll find them on the night of the Super Bowl, the Grammy’s, any pop culture event, complaining on Facebook. They will say stuff like, “Who cares about the Super Bowl? There are kids being droned to death in Pakistan!”

Obviously, the drone attacks are horrible. However, football isn’t the enemy here. (And that’s coming from someone who doesn’t even like football.)

It’s OKAY to have fun! Geez. There are libertarian activists who like to watch the Super Bowl. Let them watch in peace! We all need something to enjoy for heaven’s sake!

We all know that being a libertarian can be downright depressing. The “real stories” out there are usually sad. I think it’s important for everyone to take a break every now and then so they don’t go crazy. It can get to you over time and not in a good way.

Now, I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that the purpose of these entertainments events is to “distract the American people from the real issues!” If the Super Bowl wasn’t on, do you think that the majority of Americans would give a *beep* about the real issues? No. Get real.

The whole point of the “who cares about the Super Bowl?” statuses is to signal to their friends just how smart and advanced they are. It doesn’t really work that way, though. Normal people think you sound miserable. Who wants to be around someone like that–let alone look into their political philosophy?

Next is the “in order to be a libertarian, you have to be ___” people.

Clearly, there needs to be some guidelines to be libertarian. Otherwise, the word has no meaning.

However, there are libertarians who put way too many rules on what’s required to be a libertarian. It seems like most of these “rules” are against personally socially conservative people. They don’t accept certain lifestyles but they don’t want to get the government involved. Agree with them or not, they count as libertarians.

Yet, there are libertarians who will argue that they aren’t libertarians because they don’t agree with them on things unrelated to libertarianism. That’s not really a way to “grow the libertarian tent.” It’s petty, really.

Related to that, there are libertarians who don’t want libertarianism to become “mainstream.” Let’s call them, emo libertarians. If libertarianism ever became popular, they would become statists because they’re just contrarians– they don’t actually believe in the cause, they just like pissing people off.

Then there’s the knee-jerk emotional libertarians.

We libertarians like to pride ourselves on being logical and rational individuals. But I’ve seen enough comment threads to know that is not always the case! It’s embarrassing when a libertarian freaks out on a newbie with an honest question about libertarianism. I’ve seen so many people called “pro-slavery” and “pro-theft” when they were just trying to understand. It seems that there are a good deal of libertarians who aren’t capable of explaining their views in a rational and calm way.

And next, the celebertarians.

These are well-known libertarians but they’re just well-known to other libertarians, for the most part. Some of them have let the Internet “fame” go to their head. They start believing that NO ONE should be allowed to criticize them, even though they put themselves out there online. These people need to stop taking themselves so seriously–they aren’t as big of a deal as they think they are. Many of them have good things to say, but they need to recognize that 99.99999% of people have no idea who they are!

So, there you have it. Things that annoy me about libertarians. If you were offended by anything, go outside every once in a while.


Julie Borowski

Julie Borowski is a political commentator living in the D.C. area. She is best known for her YouTube channel where she discusses current events in often a humorous manner. She has two cats.

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  • Jason

    There are also left-wing libertarians who believe that the the free market doesn’t always solve all social ills, and that things like education and healthcare can actually improve liberty both in society and for individuals. Too many people think that libertarianism must always lean right.

    • http://JulieBorowski.com Julie Borowski

      Shoot. This might only be part one.

      • Jason

        I love to read a part two. Will you address left-wing libertarianism?

    • noncents

      “left-wing libertarians”

      There’s no such thing as a hyphenated libertarian. I understand the point Julie is trying to make, but you can’t both dilute the meaning of the word while saying the word has meaning.

      • Jason

        I understand your point as well, but the root word of the term libertarian is obviously liberty, and there are various philosophies as to how to achieve the most pragmatic collective social liberty while protecting individual liberty. Social responsibility and pragmatic taxation policies are among those approaches.

  • Michael:GodOfEWN

    “The “real stories” out there are usually sad. I think it’s important for everyone to take a break every now and then so they don’t go crazy. It can get to you over time and not in a good way.”

    Amen. You know what would happen if I NEVER took the time to enjoy my favorite activities? I’d go insane, litteraly. Reading all the horrible stories about what’s happening around the world 24/7 would make me depressed. Sometimes I just need some time for myself.

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  • LongLostFriend

    “Emo libertarians.” Heh. :)

    You are 100% spot-on about the extra baggage people put on libertarianism. I do not have to celebrate your life choices just because I think the state has no business trying to regulate or prevent it.

  • Greg Fontenot

    I was classified as a moderate Republican by the Libertarians on-line political test, but I enjoy reading opinions from both the right and the left. I hope that you do not flame moderate Republicans. Do you?