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1 Michael McBacon  Jul 19, 2014 10:17:33pm

I happen to have Asperger’s Syndrome and a former libertarian.

With Asperger’s you often misunderstand others and strive to relate to them. With libertarianism you not only misunderstand others but are encouraged to not give a damn about them or the rest of society at large.

2 Alyosha  Jul 20, 2014 6:03:26am

Nice post, War TARDIS.

The phenomenon of libertarianism is a strange one, even as it is so familiar to all of us. Each of us has encountered a person in our life who rationalises their misanthropy (for lack of a better word, since it must encompass so many attitudes towards individuals and society, some of which I can sympathise with) by evoking Randian ideals or social Darwinism. A friend of mine occupies this place on the Libertarian spectrum and also happens to have Aspergers as well and I consider him to be a very close friend of mine.

I don’t disagree with your thesis, as it is a useful guide. Some people will never understand how they benefit from the humanity of others. But, in my opinion, Libertarianism is a childish flight of fantasy that most grow out of, or, if your dialectical talents are well-honed, changed by reasoned argument. It’s the intractable ones we have to be on guard for.

Good page, mate. Glad to see you’re getting to a better place.

3 Romantic Heretic  Jul 20, 2014 8:08:02am

As I’ve said before I regard libertarianism more as a marketing strategy than a political philosophy. Libertarians are just anarchists with a fancy name.

As I’ve also noted before many people do not latch onto a belief system in order to gain a guideline to be a better person. They choose it because it gives them an excuse to be dicks to other human beings. It seems to me that ‘libertarianism’ is different from other belief systems in that it is much better suited for this purpose.


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