- Emmett Tyrrell: You attack me for calling feminists misanthropes but...
- Christopher Hitchens [quoting Tyrrell]: "Horrible to behold, uncouth, and unlovely."
- Emmett Tyrrell: Yes, but what about the women on your side who refer to me as a chauvinist pig as a matter of course? I mean, that went on all the time!
- Christopher Hitchens: Well, I think you obviously are one.
- [audience laughs]
The most politically encouraging event on the horizon — which is a very bleak one politically — is the possibility of fusion or synthesis of some of the positions of what is to be called left and some of what is to be called libertarian. The critical junction could be, and in some ways already is, the War on Drugs.
The War on Drugs is an attempt by force, by the state, at mass behavior modification. Among other things, it is a denial of medical rights, and certainly a denial of all civil and political rights. It involves a collusion with the most gruesome possible allies in the Third World. It’s very hard for me to say that there’s an issue more important than that at the moment.
I don’t think most of us who admired him would say he was perfect or that he represents all of our views or that his opinions were always correct. I think most of us are just saying that the man wasn’t hellbent on killing every Muslim on the planet.
I’ve noticed that when confronted with any sort of criticism, libertarians will usually resort to one or more of these tactics:
1. The complete dismissal of any data, statistics, or hard evidence that runs contrary to their beliefs as somehow being philosophically unsound.
2. Historical revisionism (Abraham Lincoln was an evil tyrant, Calvin Coolidge was the greatest President ever, the founding fathers were all hardcore libertarians who wanted their policies to permanently govern America).
3. The use of case examples of government error or wrongdoing to attempt to prove that governments can never do anything right…ever.
4. The repetition of words like “logical,” “rational,” and “sound,” to give the appearance of a coherent thought.
5. A reference to John Galt.
I don’t have much to say to the Ayn Rand acolytes criticizing my previous post because I know that they will never be convinced of any error in their beliefs (and it’s fair to say they are unlikely to convince me), so I’ll just close with a quote:
“I have always found it quaint and rather touching that there is a movement [Libertarians] in the US that thinks Americans are not yet selfish enough.”
― Christopher Hitchens