February 15, 2013

Libertario Delenda Est

Jeeburz, jk, aren't there any Libertarian Wackos on Facebook?

Why, yes, there's Cato's David Boaz. A lot of the Big-L's are lighthearted and ga -- I mean humorous, and it is easy to overlook their flaws because they seem fun. My brother-in-law once suggested we go on a National Review cruise. He agreed with me that the Reason cruise was probably a better time...

Boaz is a bright guy and has done some great things for liberty and for Cato. I'd never pick a fight. But if he wants to, I'll take sides. He posts:

"Glee" tonight: A conservative's nightmare. A wedding reception where boys danced with boys, girls danced with girls, blacks danced with whites, and no one actually got married.

I'm sure the Billions of easily-offended, homophobic, racist, anti-miscegenist, anti-dance, Conservative Glee fans had a pretty rough Thursday.

Some commenters have taken him to task and it has descended into childish name calling -- except that it started out as childish name calling. I'm an unlikely person to champion conservatives qua conservatives. And, other than the episode Joss Whedon guest-directed, I don't watch a lot of Glee. I'll watch the big closing number sometimes if I tune in for the news early. The kids do a bang up job, but the plotlines and character arcs elude me.

How unenlightened of Boaz to imagine his opponents' lack of enlightenment. "Boy, I bet my lefty friends were cheesed off yesterday -- the S&P 500 hit a five year high!" I'd expect that from a less intellectual source than CATO. "Mister Mutual Forbearance" also wonders why a CATO VP is picking a fight with conservatives to begin with. Fine to disagree on policy, or decry what a conservative candidate says that you feel is anti-liberty. But why should CATO beat the bushes for a scuffle with potential funders and supporters?

Libertario Delenda Est Posted by John Kranz at February 15, 2013 6:13 PM

Libertarians: determined to stay at 9% electoral support!

Posted by: jk at February 15, 2013 7:11 PM

I would have guessed that any conservatives who had been watching Glee stopped when the show blatantly ripped off a small time performer's intellectual property and then told him that he should be grateful for the exposure they gave him by using his composition without acknowledging who the composer was. Maybe I don't really get libertarianism because I would have thought libertarians would disapprove of that sort of behavior as well, although it fits the caricature of libertarianism that if somebody else is big enough to take what you have then they deserve to have it because you shouldn't want the government to step in and protect you.

Posted by: AndyN at February 16, 2013 2:29 PM

I confess this is new to me. A little searching reveals two property complaints: are you referring to "Baby's Got Back" or the fan-suggested episode or something else?

Posted by: jk at February 18, 2013 12:29 PM

I was referring to Baby Got Back, but mostly I was being a smart ass. I think Jonathan Coulton is amazing, and I think it was inexcusable for Glee to use what was undeniably his composition without giving him credit, but I doubt very seriously that watching the show either before or after that occurred says much of anything about anybody's ideological views.

Posted by: AndyN at February 18, 2013 9:01 PM | What do you think? [4]