There’s been something of a libertarian theme at Club Troppo this week, what with Fred Argy’s rather unlikely characterisation of Kevin Rudd as a libertarian on any topic other than shameless self-promotion, and my snarky comment about libertarians’ self-confessed lack of attraction for women.
Jason Soon suggested I was being sexist, but strangely completely omitted any reference to the gross sexism of Pommygranate’s own post that provoked my comment in the first place. In fact I simply made the perfectly reasonable assumption (in light of Pommygranate’s concession) that the intellectual attraction of libertarianism seems to be largely confined to a particular type of nerdy bloke, and that therefore women would probably only be induced to join for reasons of romance.
In light of that sequence of events, I’ve decided to do what I can to assist the lonely libertarians by preparing an algebraic summary of their views in the hope that some suitable women might be impressed by the intellectual subtlety of libertarian thought:
TAXATION = THEFT
PROPERTY = SACRED
PRIVATE = GROUSE
PUBLIC = EVIL + INCOMPETENT
WELFARE = BLUDGERS
POVERTY = YOUR OWN FAULT
WEALTH = RICHLY DESERVED
DECREPIT + DAMAGED = PRIVATE CHARITY
GLOBAL WARMING = SINISTER (LEFT + GREEN) CONSPIRACY
Have I missed anything? As an equal opportunity and deeply civil centrist blog, please feel free to add your own algebraic caricatures of other political persuasions in the comment box.
Update – Helen “skepticlawyer” Dale has a thoughtful response at Catallaxy. I should point out that I didn’t really have in mind moderate libertarians like Jason Soon and Helen, who really should label themselves as “liberal” (as Andrew Norton does) rather than “libertarian”. I had in mind the extreme Randian or Nozickian types for whom the above algebra is an accurate summary not a caricature.