Jun 22, 2016

Thoughts on Libertarians and Sit-ins

I don't know if many people know this but I was a libertarian for a while, probably for about a year or so on my dramatic shift across the political spectrum from the right to the left. For me, part of being a libertarian meant following some libertarian accounts on Instagram. Don't get me wrong, I really respect libertarian philosophy (I still admire what Ron Paul did for the American political landscape, I'll probably make a post about that one day.) (also I'm a liberal so of course I respect libertarian foreign/social policy). But I do have to say, there are some crazy people on Instagram that identify as libertarian. It's true that there are going to be crazy people in every party, but the whole thing with libertarians being a third party kind of amplifies the degree to which these people say crazy things. Like, they're really into conspiracy theories. The people behind these accounts were anti-vaxxers, hated GMOs with all of their hearts, and loved throwing out evidence about chemtrails and FEMA camps. And of course there was that stuff about government officials are actually reptiles, or whatever.

One thing that these people were really adamant about was their belief that big news stories were usually manufactured by the government so that the masses don't notice something sneaky going on. Let me make up an example: say there's a hurricane coming. Some of these libertarian accounts will say that the news is covering this extensively only because the government is trying to pass something into law that they don't want anyone to know about, for fear of mass opposition. So if the news is covering something extensively, watch out, it's because the government is doing something it doesn't want you to know about.

I'm recollecting these awful memories of sophomore year tonight because, in case you haven't heard by now, Democratic congressmen and women are staging a sit-in on the House floor, trying to get a vote on a gun control bill (watch live here).  Also happening tonight is a Libertarian town hall on CNN. It's awesome that CNN is giving coverage to a third party, I'm all for that, but the sit-in is getting much more attention (as it should, in my opinion).

And tonight all I can think about is how red with fury the faces of the people behind those libertarian Instagram accounts are right now.

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