Libertarian wants my conservative drugs 

So, a web guy here yesterday wanted a picture to put with my column on liberaltarians, and he wanted a liberaltarian the masses would recognize. We all brainstormed for someone, and couldn’t come up with anyone who really fit the bill, and the closest name I could muster was Nick Gillespie as Reason.

Today, Gillespie — who apparently sleeps at 5 pm — responds with a big WTF, asking, “How exactly am I a liberaltarian, a term I didn’t invent, have never used as a self-description, or even have a clear understanding of what it means? … And Tim Carney … can I get a kilo of whatever you and the office-mate were tripping on last night?”

My response: Actually, Nick, you’re right. The word — to the degree any of us understand it — doesn’t really apply to you. I think I meant that you were the closest thing to liberaltarian whom people would recognize in a picture. So, I take it back. You’re not the most famous liberaltarian.

Nick says he’s just a plain old libertarian. But as we all know, there are at least 24 varieties of libertarian. (Ironically, though, in that cartoon on the 24 varieties of libertarian, the “left-wing” libertarian is a lonely lady shouting “I’m against government AND corporations!” Hmm. Maybe I’m just projecting.)

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