I am a libertarian. And like most libertarians, I'm too lazy and into my own life to bother running for politics or "doing anything about it." If I'd partake in a libertarian meeting it would be to find like-minded fellows and enjoy interesting and engaging conversation.
But while I believe there is a silent majority of libertarians who are basically socially liberal conservatives, there's a loud, vocal minority within the libertarian party. And they're getting annoying.
Unlike the real libertarians, this vocal minority is more of the crusaderist variety. More focused on "protesting" and being part of some underdog crusade against "the man." This results in them voicing protests that are no different than what comes from leftists and socialists.
Hyperbole over police brutality.
All war is evil.
Soldiers are murderers.
It's all about oil.
The legalization of pot
"It's the corporations MAAAAAN!!!!"
They even have a god damned Wikipedia entry for "libertarian socialism" which is the epitome of contradiction.
In short, they really aren't libertarians as much as they are college kids who maybe read a pamphlet and now deem themselves "libertarians" since it's "cool" and "edgy." You might as well lump them in with the token high school "anarchist" or "marxist," both parodies of themselves as they Venn diagram with "emo" and "wears mascara."
Now if it were just faux intellectual kids choosing to be different instead of displaying genuine intellect, I'd be fine with that. Pat them on the head. "Yeah, man, 'socialist libertarianism.' What evs" as the youth like to say. But they can't just "be" libertarians. No, their egos get in the way.
No, they go the pastoral route and become the self-declared "majority whip" of the libertarian party, proselytizing, lecturing, and berating the majority of libertarians for their sins of (GASP!)
being OK with legitimate war
having beers with soldiers
not believing in conspiracy theories
and thinking pot is stupid
And so I think it's about time to slap them down.
I'm henceforth calling these type of crusaderist libertarians the "Children's Wing of the Libertarian Party." They like to make noise, view themselves in a self-aggrandizing and holy way, they're typically younger and inexperienced, and like children, should be seen and not heard. Perhaps if I ever do attend a meeting and join, I could make a motion for them to have their own little "Kiddies Table" at libertarian conventions where we can give them mascara and nylon and trench coats as well as copies of Das Kapital and a couple bags of pot. And when they get real nice and high, and think they have the solutions to the world's problems (not to mention the political platform of the libertarian party) we'll give them crayons and some paper and maybe they can spell it out, signing it at the bottom with their name and age.
Then I'll take it home, put it up on my fridge and my girlfriend will ask,
"What's that dear?"
And I'll say,
"Nothing dear. Literally nothing."