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Tatooed libertarian youth inadvertantly provide a teachable moment

This is hilarious! Especially for cuneiform geeks!

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Submitted by MontanaMaven on

The right wing here in the U.S. is notorious for stealing words and then using them to be the exact opposite of what they mean elsewhere. I love The Exiled but I must agree with this comment by Rebel Alliance that we mustn't fall into the trap of using the word "libertarian" in a derogatory way without identifying it as the right wing private property version. We must take back the language. Right now I use the words left libertarian to differentiate. Here is Rebel Alliance's complete comment:

This is a thing of beauty. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Although: I have to agree with Mike completely. E.g.
- “Anarchism: a history of Libertarian ideas and movements” by George Woodcock (published in the ’60s and reissued in the 80s.)
- “Facerías: Urban Guerrilla Warfare (1939-1957); The Libertarian Movement’s Struggle Against Francoism in Spain and in Exile”, by Antonio Téllez Solà
“Libertarianism” has been coopted in the *USA* as something right-wing, and exported via CATO clones and drones as such abroad.
However, internationally (e.g. Latin America and Europe), and historically, this was never the case: it is a completely US-centric airbrushing of history, to suit a current mercenary ideology.
You are unfortunately helping the Empire Strike Back, by adopting their use of this term uncritically.
It’s like when Americans talk about the World Series of baseball, and there’s only Americans playing, and in America.
“Let those of us who love liberty trademark and reserve for our own use the good and honorable word ‘libertarian…’” said Dean Russell (1955), Foundation for Economic Education – essentially an earlier version of CATO. He was using it, allegedly, in the philosophical sense of having free-will, apparently unaware (sure, commie-foreigners, whatever) that there were lots of people outside the “World Series” zone who had previously been using that, for reasons rather opposite to his own.
And, there is also Kevin Carson (, who – whatever you might think about his total philosophy or aims (and the people at certainly had conniptions – ) – does a stand up job of demolishing the right-wing “vulgar libertarian” arguments (and this is the beautiful bit) using largely their own arguments against them.
PS: “The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.”
(Proverbs 22:7)
… as quoted by a man you may know, Michael Hudson (who wrote “The New Road to Serfdom: An Illustrated Guide to the Coming Real Estate Collapse” for Harpers in 2006, and “The Lost Tradition of Biblical Debt Cancellations” – excellent Christmas stocking filler for your right-wing relatives).
Also: Yes, I am a complete and utter geek.
But the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth.

I'm glad he reminded me about the Michael Hudson piece in Harper's. That was awesome.