Every now and then we are forced to endure a distinct and pitiful spectacle put on by “libertarians” in which they reveal their true nature, much like Dr. Strangelove’s perfunctory Nazi salute.
We know the routine. Someone somewhere makes a statement that is either perfectly within the bounds of libertarianism or completely unrelated to libertarianism, but it violates the 3×5 index card of Politically Approved Thoughts as issued by our wise overlords.
Cue screams a la “Stop the presses!” by “libertarians” about how “embarrassed” they are to be a part of the liberty movement, followed by threats of leaving us forever if apologies aren’t made. The whole thing is carried out in oh-so childish temper-tantrum manner reminiscent of kindergarten.
“If you’re not gonna tell Tommy to stop being weird by quoting Star Wars all the time, then I don’t wanna play with you anymore because it makes me look bad in front of other kids! Waaaaaaaaaaaaah!”
One may think their antics are intended, at face value, to shame libertarians into condemning or shunning the person who uttered an unspeakable thought. But this feigned shock, similar to that of Captain Renault from Casablanca, is actually a theatrical demonstration intended for their statist peers who are already looking down at them for being associated with the liberty movement, which includes people who aren’t considered “respectable” by sociopaths who think killing children in the Third World with remote drones is within the realm of reasonable discussion.
It is a classic telltale sign of a fake libertarian who is unable to maintain the pretense and must announce to their comrades that they are still a loyal Party member and have not succumbed to deviationism.
They are no different than the wannabe queen bees in high school. In fact, I would venture to say the analogy is closer than we might imagine.
What fake libertarians are really saying when they whine about how “embarrassed” they are to be associated with us is that they are afraid of being let back into their old clique they left to get more attention, or at least that’s what they thought. They aren’t lecturing us libertarians as much as they are broadcasting their true allegiance to the political group they really belong to. It’s to let them know “I’m still one of you.”
Real libertarians don’t talk about how “embarrassed” they are to be a part of the liberty movement when someone says something that draws the ire of statists, because they’re not terribly interested in placating people who still believe in the state. They don’t feel the need to “prove” anything to them one way or another.
You don’t become a libertarian by caring a whole lot about what others think of you, especially those who are unwilling to give you or your views any respect or dignity and have no qualms promoting violence as a solution to the smallest problems in the world.
To be a libertarian is to simply not care about your popularity. For the fakes merely seeking attention, it’s too strong of a drink to swallow without eventually spitting it out.