Who is Libertarian Enough?

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If you’re a libertarian for Rand Paul; some libertarians will say you’re not libertarian because you’re not loyal to the Libertarian Party, or support Rand Paul despite his imperfections (of which there are surely a few).

If you support the LP; some libertarians will say you’re not libertarian because you participate in elections and should be an anarchist.

If you support anarcho-capitalism; some libertarians will say you’re not anarchist enough because you don’t pay for things solely in bitcoin, and you continue to pay your taxes.

I really don’t care about infighting. Personally, I will support any effort that I believe will even in the slightest regard move someone in a more libertarian direction. If I think one, just one person might become libertarian because of this or that, it has my support. If supporting everything libertarian, perfect or not, makes me a non-libertarian in your eyes, I don’t care – I will keep doing my thing.

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Alex Merced is a latino libertarian activist. Alex also runs the AlexMercedCast Podcast, LibertarianWingMedia,com, and is an active member of the Libertarian Party. Alex Merced is currently running for the U.S. Senate seat in New York against Chuck Schumer in 2016.
  • Who is libertarian enough?
    Someone who wouldn’t support anyone who would promote aggressive policies, just because he promotes some others that aren’t.
    For you, Rand Paul may be about “flat taxes”. For someone else, he would be about sanctions on free economic trade between people in different countries because you have the gall not to obey America’s orders about developing weapons, or about growing the military budget (and thus the means with which future presidents have an even bigger empire to play with) even further despite claiming to be against too much interventionism, or about stating that Edward Snowden still deserves some punishment, despite Snowden revealing information that clearly proves ILLEGAL government actions (because hey, you just don’t f**k with the government, even if it is acting criminally).
    And then i didn’t even mention that the flat tax introduces the contemptible VAT tax. Let me repeat: it *introduces* a new tax which may even be worse than some we have now.

    Who is libertarian enough?
    Rand Paul isn’t. And neither are his supporters. If only because of the utter delusion that a politician can be trusted to implement even a smudgeon of his promises. Not as if politicians have a track record of being inveterate liars that would sell their mothers for a vote.
    But who cares? You make your own mind up about what constitutes libertarianism, just as everyone is doing these days, until it becomes completely meaningless. At least you were part of a movement when it was hip, right?

    P.S. I have heard of nobody, absolutely nobody, that became a libertarian because of Rand Paul.

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