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  • Yeah, I first came across Mr. Goldberg's article in the National Review last week. In all fairness, he presents the best argument I've yet heard against libertarianism, because he actually understands the principles behind libertarianism. Many are quick to throw out the (somewhat cliché) word libertine but I respect Goldberg for realizing that's just a short-sighted dismissal. I'm not on Wordie to debate politics, but I'll say there are a couple tiny but major flaws in his logic, so I haven't abandoned my position yet. :-)

    He uses the -oid ending because he perceives libertarians to be zealots (that part's usually true, I admit) who just say the same thing over and over and over again (I guess that depends on the libertarian in question). I would hope that I personally have more depth than that. An interesting article, anyway, though I disagree with it.

    June 25, 2007

  • Interesting question. An "-oid" at the end of a noun usually puts me in mind of a kind of automaton, someone who doesn't have the capability or will to think for him/herself. Maybe that's the point of this definitely not-so-nice word.

    June 25, 2007

  • Wouldn't the already existing libertine have a bigger sting?

    June 25, 2007

  • Jonah Goldberg's not-so-nice name for libertarians like me.

    June 24, 2007