So Your Friends Think You’re a Terrible Person Because You’re a Libertarian

The intolerable left-liberal columnist Mike Royko once said, “It’s much harder to be a liberal than a conservative. Why? Because it’s easier to give someone a finger than a helping hand.”

In my secret Facebook group (accessible to the show’s supporting listeners), people are taking turns replying.

My first thought: it’s actually much easier to be a left-liberal than a conservative, because you have an easy-sounding solution to everything.

Someone lacks X? Why, just seize the resources and give him X! Simple.

Another person pointed out that left-liberals in fact give less of their incomes to charity than do the right-of-center people they hate.

Still another said: Really? It’s harder to spend other people’s money?

And yet another said: It’s easier to be a liberal: all you need to do is vote for government to lend a helping hand, instead of doing it yourself.

And we didn’t even get into the broader question of the destructive behaviors and attitudes that the welfare state has without a doubt fostered, with the grim consequences all around us.

Bob Murphy and I discussed this kind of topic in this week’s episode of Contra Krugman, the weekly podcast I do in addition to my daily Tom Woods Show.

Krugman in effect asked this week: given how awesome government is, who would ever want to cut it back and why?

This is what I mean. The situation is portrayed as: why, some people need things, and the state can get them those things, so only a terrible person would want to limit or eliminate the state.


P.S. I’m organizing an escape room outing in Seattle on May 19 (I’m speaking there the next day) for any of my supporting listeners. My treat. If you are or become a member of that program and would like to join me, send a note to [email protected] and we’ll put you on the list.

I have enough for one room already; I can probably take another six or seven people and do another one, but that would be it.

If you don’t know what an escape room is, Google it. :)


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