I'm a small-l libertarian. With me, it's an adjective, not a noun.
I love Reason Magazine. I dont' agree with everybody in it all the time (and if I did, I should worry a bit). But I was out on their site today and made the mistake of commenting and mentioning I was a "conservative".
I noted that if you have a general Jeffersonian philosophy at all, you're considered a conservative, and I got tired of fighting it. We're really Classical Liberals, but it's too confusing to too many people. So I just go with it. I accept "conservative" if it means conserving classical liberal values and respecting the culture that established them in Republican form. I'll wear that mantle.
I guess I just momentarily forgot why I stopped hanging out with "L" Libertarians. Same reason I never hung out at the Zen Center in my Zen Buddhist days. Bunch of juvenile narcissists looking for validation from other juvenile narcissists.
I have long noted that the comments on their web articles appear to be from adolescents who are obsessed with genitalia "jokes". One said they come to Reason Magazine to get away from Conservatives and Liberals because, I believe, they said that "they were the ones that f*cked everything up."
I'm sure they did, while y'all sat around and told jokes about Sarah Palin's t*ts.
Not that I don't like them, don't get me wrong ;-)
At any rate, it occurred to me this evening that there are Libertarians out there, whom, if you don't agree that everyone should be free to schtup his sister in public and have the pictures published on the front page of the local newspaper, well you're no good to them. And twice as no good if you wouldn't approve of it if it were his brother rather than his sister.
The comment I got went something like "one look at your blog and I can tell you're a conservative". Another went "Blogs 4 Palin. Go Away".
So I said "Ok". No problem. The print edition doesn't suffer from the incessant t*tty and d*ck banter that passes as discourse in the online comments.
Clearly they'd read a post or two and had done an in-depth analysis of just how exactly my opinions differed from theirs. I frankly doubt they even read most Reason columns if they don't have something to do with pot or sex.
So I've decided to add a corollary to my observation.
If you have a general Jeffersonian philosophy at all, you're considered a conservative, and I got tired of fighting it, so I just go with it. It does a fairly decent job in helping to identify assholes as well.
Vote now. Should this be a Thing I Know?