Apparently Libertarianism is just identity politics of Selfish white men. The evidence 'Left Outside' uses for this absurd assertion is my last post, where I suggest that although I might disapprove of a T-Shirt bearing the slogan "I'm too pretty for homework so my brother has to do it for me", I would be unlikely to do anything about it, because I don't really give a shit. The hysterical reaction of the left to such things, I find faintly disturbing, and evidence of an intrusive, totalitarian mindset which seeks to impose it's values on everyone.
Of course with a name like "left outside", there is going to be economic lunacy in there too. Let's just look at some of the more absurd statements in this post.
Jackart’s argument seemed to hinge on the idea that “Lefties” who are trying to make the world a slightly better place for women (and slightly worse for selfish, privileged men)...Political freedom is not a Zero-Sum game.
Brian Caplan is one prominent Libertarian who has written very strongly in favour of late C19th America despite all the oppression of women and blacks and poor people and trade unionists.Of course, it is possible to praise an economic system without supporting the entire social system. Praising, for example the competitive rail-road expansion in 19th Century America does not equate to support for slavery. Praising Enoch Powell's legacy of economic thought does not imply support for "sending 'em all back" and so on. Brian Caplan isn't a supporter of "oppression". Play the ball, not the man.
Likewise a large and probably dominant strand of Libertarianism has adopted the Thatcherite slogan “Let Management Manage” which is nonsense. Getting bossed around at work feels often worse than being bossed around by the state......except that the state has a monopoly of legal violence and takes 50% of your earnings at gunpoint. You CAN leave a job. Of course if the lefties get their way, there won't be any other jobs to go to. Workers "rights" merely make it more risky to hire someone, so there are fewer jobs around. You really want to empower the worker? A job-creating dynamic economy is much better than job protection. Employers need to treat their workers decently or they will walk. What this has to do with a T-shirt slogan, though is beyond me.
The left-outside's post starts from the assumption that all such hysterical left-wing actions such as getting products of which some people disapprove off the market, are a good thing; making the world a "better place". Individually, the may be right. Taken together, I fear such actions create an atmosphere of mutual suspicion, excess caution as people businesses refuse to take risks or make arguments for fear of offending noisy bullies. Left-wingers, obsessed by identity politics, shout down any dissenting voices. My point is that the world would be better if everyone just ignored behaviour by others that doesn't directly affect them. Libertarianism is a mindset in which I don't seek to impose my values on others, and simply ask the same courtesy in return.
The fact Left-Outside thinks this "selfish" is telling, and explains why socialism in action usually involves enormous piles of corpses.