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A Reader Writes On The Irrationality Of Libertarian Rationalists
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February 19, 2015, 07:23 PM
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Re: James Kirkpatrick's Libertarians Morphing into Leftist “Social Justice Warriors” At International Students for Liberty Conference

From: An Anonymous Reader [Email him]

Well said! And there's almost nothing further to add to James Kirkpatrick’s analysis because it says it all.

But just this...at university many years ago, I was acquainted briefly with two Objectivist libertarians. One conversation between them went like this.

Mutt: There is a slight problem with our avowal of the absolutist nature of property rights.

Jeff: How so?

Mutt: Well, would we allow two homosexuals to practice anal sex on their front lawn even when it is their absolute right to use their property as they see fit?

Jeff: Oh, Mutt, in a rationalist society no one would be doing that; so it's a moot point.

I stopped taking libertarianism seriously after this exchange. I had already thrown my Marxist social science-inspired leftist lunacy overboard. I sure wasn't going to substitute another lunacy for it. And thanks to Pat Buchanan et al., I saw that there can indeed be wisdom and virtue in politics.

See a previous letter from the same reader.