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Politics 1: Libertarians

Published Monday, February 29, 2016 @ 7:16 PM EST
Feb 29 2016

A Libertarian is just a Republican who takes drugs.
-Bob Black

Cynically defined, a libertarian is a person who believes that all humans should live in total and absolute submission to market forces, at all times from birth to death, without any chance of escape.
-Paul Treanor

He always pictured himself a libertarian, which to my way of thinking means 'I want the liberty to grow rich and you can have the liberty to starve.' It's easy to believe that no one should depend on society for help when you yourself happen not to need such help.(on Robert A. Heinlein and libertarian ethics)
-Isaac Asimov

I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough. (on Libertarians)
Christopher Hitchens

I'd be a Libertarian, if they weren't all a bunch of tax-dodging professional whiners.
-Berkeley Breathed

I'm a gay Libertarian. I'm one of those 'laisse fairies.'
-Peter McWilliams

'Libertarian' is the Latin term for 'Embarrassed Republican.'
-John Fugelsang

Libertarianism fails for me, not because I don't value freedom, but because it exalts ideology over practicality, just as its communist and anarchist cousins do.
-Kevin Brennan

Libertarianism only exists to give young Republicans something marginally less repulsive to call themselves when they're trying to get laid.
-Roy Edroso

Libertarians are not the brightest lights in the candelabra, a fact that is evident from the alternatives they tend to offer to public prevention of private abuses. For example: if you don't like working a hundred hours a week for twenty-five cents a day, then find another employer! It is obvious to intelligent people, if not libertarians, that more generous employers will price themselves out of a market whose standards are set by the most rapacious.
-Michael Lind

Libertarians secretly worried that ultimately someone will figure out the whole of their political philosophy boils down to 'get off my property.' News flash: This is not really a big secret to the rest of us.
-John Scalzi

Libertarians sometimes prove that a foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, and that there is a difference between logic and wisdom.
-Molly Ivins

Most libertarians are worried about government but not worried about business. I think we need to be worrying about business in exactly the same way we are worrying about government.
-John Perry Barlow

Republicans find libertarians convenient whenever they want to score some coke.
-Mark Russell

That's libertarians for you- anarchists who want police protection from their slaves.
-Kim Stanley Robinson

There may be two libertarians somewhere who agree with one another, but I am not one of them.
-David Friedman

You have to be careful as a libertarian because you can sound very Republican.
-Penn Jillette

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