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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Humble Libertarian Comments of the Week

On Airport Security and Guns:
Alexander James Fremont said...

Don't take the guns off the plane, put more guns on the plane into the hands of active duty and reservist military serviceman and off-duty police officers and give other passengers bats so that a terrorist wouldn't think twice about hitting a plane. I don't have actual facts on this, but I suspect NRA conventions are the safest places to be (I wouldn't do anything unsafe with a gun with other loaded weapons around).

On Glenn Beck:

Daryl said...

My friend put it best, "He has my granny listening to and agreeing with libertarian views." So I will take the good he offers, but that doesn't mean I like everything about him.

Norman Horn said...

I'm neutral on Beck, I don't really care but I'm glad that some people may find out about libertarianism because of his antics. Meh. ;-)

On Scott Brown:

Rational Nation USA said...

Your points are well made. However, the thought of C(r)oakley as senator is as revolting as Ted Kennedy was when he was in office.

I have issues's with Scott Brown's philosophy of governance, however I voted for him as I do not want C(r)oakley in Washington.

Compromise is the decision to select the lessor of two evils because to do otherwise will insure the election to office the greater of two evils.

As Kennedy had about as much of a chance as a snowball in hell I voted Brown.

Tom Degan's Daily Rant said...

The good people of Massachusetts told pollster after pollster that they wanted to send a message to Washington. My! My! That message has been received loud and clear:


Congratulations, Massachusetts!

Tom Degan
Goshen, NY

On The Humble Libertarian (left or right?):
Alexander James Fremont said...

In the past I have felt a slant too far to the right coming from you, I see that I have misread your statements and I am glad to see an emphasis on what is important: libertarianism over authoritarianism. It is not just what is left and right, but what is up our business and down to earth that is also (perhaps more) important.

Eric Dondero said...

Wes, and I say this with the deepest respect, it's not that you're the "only sane Libertarian Left." It's more that you're simply a sane person who also happens to be a Left Libertarian.

There's a huge difference between us Right Libertarians and Left Libertarians like you and Tom Knapp, Radley Balko, ect... We supported Bush because we vehemently supported the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and see it as a Libertarian issue: fighting Islamo-Fascism. Left Libertarians don't care a wit for the fight against Islamo-Fascism, and are, at heart isolationists.

Dave said...

Aw Wes great article. Having only watched the mainstream media and Fox news I was ready to celibrate. Now you took the wind out of my sails. Though I must say losing his seat in just a few months to a Republican Teddy must have spun a few times in his grave tonight.

Wes you definitely need more national exposure. How you have time for your research, write a great blog and be a full time student is beyond me. When I was a student I wasted my free time on my 70 Mustang, high school sweeheart, and reading the National Lampoon. I even got banned from the campus library for laughing too hard at the Lampoon out loud. Your on your way to great things, mark my words.


  1. I like this new feature, and I am not saying that because one of my comments was featured. Keep it up!

    Moreover, if Left/Right libertarianism exist, (Does it or is it libertarians--often called Right libertarians--and those who lean libertarian with a dash of statism and a chunk of inconsistency?) you would definelty be Right libertairian as you hold the pro-life position and the traditional Old Right position of non-interventionism.

  2. Thanks Daryl! I'm going to try to keep it up. I'm thinking about also using a different commenting system, as this one is a little buggy.

    On the left/right thing, it's funny how folks who self-identify as "right" think I'm very left, and folks who self-identify as "left" perceive me as too right.

    In the meantime, I disavow the "left/right" paradigm altogether as a pretty useless relic from the French Revolution (and if I were a Frenchman sitting in a legislative assembly back then, I would have most definitely sat on the Left).

  3. A libertarian is a liberty-lover, meaning individual freedom and individual interests, which are more important than are community interests reflecting Obama's pledge to support the herd as a socialist. See The Changing Face of Democrats, Our Lost Libertarian Roots on Amazon and