I hate when people hear ‘libertarian’ and assume :
A. Corporate-loving hater of the common man.
B. Selfish bastard.
C. Egotistical scum.
A. Libertarians love the common man. Personally, I’m all about small businesses! They’re the real backbone of the economy, and America in general. Corporations don’t like less regulation, in fact, many of them gain from Big Government policy, such as infrastructure, weapons production and the like. I can’t stand most corporations because they tend to muck up the water. Corporations (not all) tend to be all about deceit. How can nine out of ten dentists recommend all of the different brands of toothpaste?!? Personally, the best products should be able to be bought without too much confusion and the companies who provide said products should be rewarded by the free market. We, as consumers, vote on what we believe is best with our dollars. We trade our hard earned money for what we believe is worth it. Money is just the medium by which we trade our value to society.
B. Libertarians are not selfish in the sense of wanting the best for their fellow humans. Most of my good libertarian folk just believe that, for the most part, people should earn it for themselves. Of course, most libertarians are not unreasonable extremists. Virtually no one wants to get rid of charitable programs. They fight for the good of those who cannot provide for themselves (the handicapped, infirm, Third World Countries, etc.). There just shouldn’t be the government’s guns forcing donations. That is essentially what welfare programs are. Pay or go to jail. Help the needed or spend time as a criminal in a correctional facility. Are you kidding me? It doesn’t sound so good when said so bluntly, eh?
C. Are most libertarians just looking out for themselves? Maybe in certain ways, but in general, no. Libertarians believe in doing what you wish, as long as your actions do not cause harm to others. Just because you are a minority, should you be forced to do as the majority dictates? Why should those who choose to marry another man be denied this basic right? No harm is done to others. The problem with progresses thinking, such a libertarianism, anarchism and he like is that believers in these schools of thought would never force them upon others. This would be immoral. On the other hand, however, those with imperialistic, deceptive, delusional political viewpoints *cough cough* Republicans *cough cough* Democrats *cough cough* have no problem forcing their own sick agendas on as many people who are dumb or uneducated enough to swallow the little pills given to them.
Those who believe in thought would never force thinking upon people. Support it, absolutely; promote it, youbetcha; tell others because it benefits all parties involved, of course! Those who believe in unthinking, however, are glad to keep others from thinking. Oh, the woes of a rational human being.