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Political Fear Factor by BlameThe1st Political Fear Factor by BlameThe1st
I know. I know. This is a gross oversimplification. And yes, I am quite possibly over-exaggerating to the point of misrepresentation. (For example: conservatives don't really fear immigrants as they do illegal immigrants.) But the overall emphasis is clear: while the other two parties are fearful of many issues, we libertarians only have one fear: government.

Now yes, you could argue that "government" could be broken down into various fears: taxes, overregulation, censorship, surveillance, brutality, etc. But in the end, it all barrels down to one issue: government corruption, cronyism, and overall malfeasance. (Okay, make that three things!)

As long as the government is minding its own business and fulfilling its solemn duty to protect and serve the population--that is, ensuring that nobody is being killed, raped, assaulted, defrauded, or stolen from--then we libertarians have nothing to fear; otherwise, we most certainly do.

While the other parties are busy instilling fear over minor things that really shouldn't raise concern, libertarians are concerned about the only real thing we have to fear: government tyranny.
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I find libertarians actually fear many of the things that conservatives do, like communists and unions, though at least for the Alex Jones types, they also fear many of the things liberals do like GMOs and corporations.
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BlameThe1st Mar 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
There is some intersectionality there, but if they share anything in common, it's mostly due to government. If we fear communists, it's because of its emphasis on government. If we fear unions, it's because of their political influence on government.
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I find it funny that you of all people would use the word intersectionality, as it's a social justice word.
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AntiRCCZealot Feb 26, 2014  New member Student Traditional Artist
Sums up everything seriously and excruciatingly head-achingly wrong with American politics these days. It's always Republicans or Democrats...:disbelief:
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ninjawerr Feb 12, 2014  Professional Writer
conservatives don't fear unions, they applaud them. but despite that well done. 
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Jajamola88 Feb 2, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I fear the robot from Technologic what party am I in
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BlameThe1st Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The robot party! :D
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I know libertarians wear this lack of fears thing as some sort of badge of courage, but really, it comes from machismo and ignorance.

If you don't fear climate change or the burgeoning influence of the uber-wealthy, then you aren't in-the-know, you are instead woefully uneducated. 

Oh, and consider yourself lucky that you, as a group, have enough collective privilege (seeing as how the vast majority of libertarians are white, straight, financially well-to-do men) that the only thing you worry about is some imaginary, paranoia-fueled vision of government. Most people have to deal with the unsavory consequences of many libertarian ideals. You know, real world problems.

Libertarianism is not much more than a gaggle of political hipsters, overwhelmingly populated by self-satisfied, fedora-wearing, anti-feminist, racist dude-bros with absolutely no idea how life outside of utopian fantasy actually functions. It's a morally and intellectually bankrupt line of theory.
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BlameThe1st Dec 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
"the vast majority of libertarians are white, straight, financially well-to-do men"

Ad hom and genetic fallacy much?

"the only thing you worry about is some imaginary, paranoia-fueled vision of government."

Tell that to Snowden or Manning, or better yet, the 13 killed via drone strike at a Yemeni wedding!

"Most people have to deal with the unsavory consequences of many libertarian ideals"

Citation needed.

"Libertarianism is not much more than a gaggle of political hipsters, overwhelmingly populated by self-satisfied, fedora-wearing, anti-feminist, racist dude-bros with absolutely no idea how life outside of utopian fantasy actually functions."

Again, ad hom and genetic fallacy much?

"It's a morally and intellectually bankrupt line of theory."

No, claiming a centralized institution should have the sole privilege of owning all the guns and using forcing and coercion on others is the real morally and intellectually bankrupt line of thinking. History has shown that.
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MyLittleTripod Apr 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"Again, ad hom and genetic fallacy much?"

I think the word for that was meant to be Generalizing.
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