Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
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Real Capitalists Don't Die

Patri Friedman, Milton “Whoops” Friedman’s grandson, has published a manifesto over at the Cato Institute about how good Libertarians should fuck off from a society that I’m sure will be sad to see them go and form capitalist paradises on private islands. PayPal founder/libertarian nutjob Peter Thiel wrote a companion piece agreeing with the so-called “Seasteading Initiative”.

It’s pretty goofy, but nothing we haven’t heard before: the pouty individualism of Ayn Rand with a hefty dose of the economic hoodoo of Grandpa Milt, all splashed with the sci-fi wankery of Glenn “Professor Poopypants” Reynolds and the loathing of democracy and the He-Man Girl Haters Club misogyny of every conservative ever. If, like me, you routinely follow the gibberings of these right-wing howler monkeys, nothing here comes as a surprise...

...except one thing.

Thiel’s column begins by listing all the reasons he’s been a Libertarian since he was, ahem, a teenager, and one of them is this (emphasis mine):

I stand against confiscatory taxes, totalitarian collectives, and the ideology of the inevitability of the death of every individual...


I...

But...

So, according to this dude’s interpretation of libertarianism, the mortality of man is not an ineluctable fact of life borne out by the death of every human that has ever lived. It’s an ideology! Probably dreamed up by those stinking liberals, for that matter. And everyone in history only died, I guess, because they lacked the sheer force of will, possessed by only the purest of Objectivists (why, even Rand succumbed to this alien ideology), to not buy into it.

It’s like they say: you learn something new every day, even if the thing you learn is totally fucking idiotic.
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