Libertarian Personalities, or why Libertarians Make Poor Friends
For more than 2 years now, I have been puzzled why a previously sweet friend turned so cold and unsupportive when they started calling themselves Libertarian. I think I have begun to figure it out.
But, before that, I do need to thank some people. I want to thank CuriousLurker for helping me to begin shaping up after I did a very nasty, ill-researched attack on Al-Ghazali. While I still disagree with him on several things, I can respect him. And to a moderate Republican friend here in OKC who convinced me once and for all that politics do not determine personality. Mostly.
However, I do believe that there are exceptions to her rule. In this case, I think Libertarians are the exception. I have yet to meet a Libertarian that wasn’t an awful person. And I have a hypothesis as to why.
It is patently obvious they are against regulation at all levels, even down to the local levels, preferring to leave things to the free market, and a very “might makes right” approach to live, hurting everyone else in their path who is weaker than them, or gets in their way. This approach to life delves into why they can be such miserable people, and I do have personal experience with this.
I had a friend in High School, and she was very, very sweet. We continued to be friends, until after College. She at this point decided Libertarianism was the way to go. It was also about this time that I started slipping into depression, as a result of loneliness. Usually, I could talk to her, and she would help. However, this time, she was colder, saying I needed to make myself feel happy, to “fake it till I make it,” and saying she would only meet me when she felt I was better. In an not-so-shocking development, this did not make me feel better, and threw me deeper into Depression. The support I previously had from her just vanished.
Essentially, I am getting at the point that Libertarians tend to be the most fair-weather of Friends, willing to be with you when things are good, or you need help. But the moment you need help, they will fly away faster than New Horizons. They are out only for themselves, and are emotional parasites. I severely doubt that relationships with these people will be good, fulfilling, or even long-lasting.
Which is funny. Because, since this formerly close friend became this way, she has missed a lot. Like my recovery from the depression in May 2013. Or me being able to move socialize with people and make friends here. They missed the fact that the advice of my mom finally clicked, in regards to being able to emphasize with others, which can always be a problem for those who have the Asperger’s portion of the Autism Spectrum. Or, being able to find someone because a close friend was able to assist me in putting myself out there in regards to finding that special someone. That I finally found confidence in myself, and friends who will be there for me, thick and thin. Not just in fair weather.
And I am thankful for this. :D