Hitoshura wrote:fair enough. ultimately i think we differ temperamentally. i like to think of myself as a socialist; probably more accurately, a leftist of indeterminate tendency. you strike me as a libertarian. i have nothing but contempt for libertarianism, which has been rife in our elite for decades and as such is at least partially responsible for our current dismal circumstances. to be absolutely clear though, i do not reserve that contempt for most of its practitioners, i think they (and you!) are mostly well-meaning but get the details & ideology horrifically wrong.
the ivy leaguers (and this applies equally to the belanyarded assholes in the liberal & traditionally-conservative spheres as well) are a different story of course
I agree that I would like to be left alone, sink or swim on my own, etc. I don't know if that makes me a libertarian (or even a librarian) but I don't really care and you probably shouldn't either.
The only other thing I have to add is that claiming that our elite are rife with libertarians is something I've never heard before now. Aside from the Koch brothers (who are highly interventionist) I can't even think of who you're referring to. Maybe it was a drunken statement which I could obviously forgive you for since I've made thousands of them, but that made me do a double take.
And to keep jorsh happy I promise to spend a lot of time thinking about death metal while working at FedEx tomorrow.