In my previous post, I confessed that I am probably not as charitable as I try to say I am, and then insinuated that you probably aren’t, either. The second Depressing Discovery about my libertarianism is that I feel, politically speaking, very lonely at church. Whenever I meet other libertarians, I tend to sense that they aren’t my political kin, and I am not theirs, because the truth is, I find much of the LDS Liberty rhetoric to be kinda crazy and borderline dangerous.
Although I know the text of the Book of Mormon certainly omits scads of details that would give much needed context, given his “join me or die” approach to peace, I don’t understand how a libertarian can see Captain Moroni as a political hero.
Sure, I prefer private education…but I don’t think that support for public education causes a man to lose his priesthood or grieve the heavens.
(I strongly encourage you to follow that link–read the post and comments and just bask in the Cocoa Puffs. You can’t make this stuff up.)
I personally think collective organization is Teh Suck, but I don’t really like the overtly spiritual condemnation of such political/economic preferences that seems to result from poaching copious quotes from Ezra Taft Benson, and I don’t think that a libertarian reading of D&C 134 is the only spiritually valid reading.
Importantly, I don’t believe that “Captain Moroni, Jesus Christ, and every other freedom fighter would vote, and will vote if they are able, for Ron Paul.“
In summary, I don’t play well with other LDS libertarians, and the reason is fairly simple: My libertarianism is not spiritual in nature. Despite having used certain of them in the past, I no longer see much value or validity in the religious arguments for LDS libertarianism. The outcome of this is that, while we may agree on a policy option, we do so for dramatically different reasons, and that makes me itchy.
 I actually only made the insinuation about other libertarians, but I think it’s likely true for everyone. The difference is that libertarians are particularly prone to couching protestations about government welfare in arguments that private donors would, in lieu of government help, rise to the occasion.
 The rhetoric–not the people. Unless we’re talking about that particular strain of gun-loving libertarians.
 HT: Cynthia L.