Every once in a while, I’ll run into someone who tries to use “libertarian” arguments to support stealing from the rich. The general argument is that because “the rich” are only that way because of government regulations, it’s justified to steal from them and to nationalize their companies, because they don’t deserve the money anyway.
Earlier today, someone cussed us out and left a long, angry rant and ended with “[blank] the rich”. At another point, he said “[blank] the 1%”. A couple of other supposed “libertarians” liked the comment.
This isn’t libertarianism. This isn’t capitalism. And the process by which the government would decide which “bad rich” person is different from the “good rich” person would be absurd. It’s just socialism.
If you’re a bigot, you can use “libertarian” rhetoric to justify the theft — if you just lump entire demographics together. For example, I could just say “black people steal from the whites” to justify racism, or “poor people steal from the middle class because of food stamps” to justify anti-poor bigotry. Both would be wrong, and would be collectivist arguments. Not libertarian.
In the end, beware of socialists and leftists masquerading as “capitalists”. The two are at odds with little overlap.
If you support — on any level, to any extent — the mass redistribution of wealth by the government, stop calling yourself a libertarian, individualist, anarchist, capitalist, or anything else like that… You’re not. You’re a leftist, and your philosophy is the enemy of liberty. This needed to be said.
Capitalism Institute (via communismkills)
Why do libertarians love rich people so much? Like sheesh!
this is funny because I was just talking to my brother about how capitalist meritocracies can’t exist. And not only that, how meritocracies SHOULDN’T exist.