Tyler Nixon and Jason Scott (our own Jason330) will be filling in for Rick Jensen this week. The quality of the discussion has improved already 200%. Jason will reveal all of Delaware Liberal’s secrets and scandals, and Tyler will review why Libertarians suck. :)
I wish I could pretend he's (even whimsically) wrong, but a simple two-part proof shows why the Libertarian movement sucks.
Part one: here is one of the many, many reasons that the Patriot Act should offend not just libertarians but constitutionalists and American citizens of almost any party. From EPIC:
The implications for online privacy are considerable. For example, the Act increases the ability of law enforcement agencies to authorize installation of pen registers and trap and trace devices (a pen register collects the outgoing phone numbers placed from a specific telephone line; a trap and trace device captures the incoming numbers placed to a specific phone line -- a caller-id box is a trap and trace device), and to authorize the installation of such devices to record all computer routing, addressing, and signaling information. The Act also extends the government's ability to gain access to personal financial information and student information without any suspicion of wrongdoing, simply by certifying that the information likely to be obtained is relevant to an ongoing criminal investigation.
Part two: this, on the other hand, is what confused-neo-conservative-who-thinks-he's-a-libertarian Eric Dondero persists in declaiming to the world:
The correct Libertarian position is TO SUPPORT THE PATRIOT ACT.
Anonone and others suggest that I have my own, carefully parsed definition of libertarianism, and perhaps that's true. I do not, however, recall finding any serious libertarian thinker, philosopher, or candidate who thinks that the State's increased ability to gather personal information about people without any suspicion of wrongdoing is a good thing.
So, yes, DD, the movement I am loosely associated with will continue to suck as long as we don't disown the neo-con birthers in drag who are [wait for it] ... dragging us down.
A footnote: since Eric reads this blog, you can soon expect to be able to visit the comments section if you really yearn to read somebody calling me a defeatist pussy who supports terrorism. Enjoy.