Is Libertarianism a Sign of Mental Illness?

Is Libertarianism a Sign of Mental Illness?
Posted by Daniel J. Mitchell

I don’t know whether this belongs in the comic-relief category or the future-threats category, but the Harvard Law School is having a conference to analyze the “free market mindset.” The basic premise of the conference seems to be that people who believe in limited government are psychologically troubled.

The conference schedule features presentations such as “How Thinking Like an Economist Undermines Community” and “Addicted to Incentives: How the Ideology of Self Interest Can Be Self-Fulfilling.” The most absurd presentation, though, may be the one entitled, “Colossal Failure: The Output Bias of Market Economies.” According to the description, the author argues that the market “delivers excessive levels of consumption.” Damn those entrepreneurs for creating so much wealth!

In the good old days of Soviet dictatorship, the regime classified dissidents as being mentally ill (after all, only a nutcase would fail to see the glories of communism).

Now that leftists at Harvard want to portray laissez-faire philosophy as being somewhat akin to a mental disorder, maybe the next step will be re-education camps for Cato staff? Maybe the next “stimulus” bill could include a few earmarks for such facilities? I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I get sent some place warm.

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Comment by Tara on March 2, 2009 at 9:47am
I can't believe these guys at Harvard get paid to put out this dribble drabble! It sounds like they have way too much time on their hands. It brings into question of who has the mental disorder? Let me think......oh yeah, those that sit around psycho analyzing everything to death. Our future lawyers and law professers are becoming the new syndrome kings.

Thanks by the way for the help guys.
Comment by Marklar on March 2, 2009 at 8:53am
We've tried that Rev. Multitudes of us have been trying to for a very long time. I've even stood in my senator's office about eight months ago and laid it out to his managing home office staffer (can't remember his exact title) that if they continued their plans to collapse the economy there would be civil war. That it would be inevitable because the economic slide would not be controllable and people would eventually starve in numbers and at that point the lives of politicians wouldn't be worth two cents government bunkers or no government bunkers. I even offered to work for immunity for any congressmen or senators who came forward with the information necessary to expose the plot to the general public. Surprisingly the members of Code Pink, Mad Grannies and others were there as well and all seemed to agree with me and one of the members of Mad Grannies actually ripped into him so hard and heavy with truth on things like PD51, Fema, camps and martial law that my remarks were rather short since she'd already hit 90% of what I had to say. Still, either one or all of us could easily have been hauled away if they had decided to take it as a threat instead of as a warning. If I had been alone rather than being surrounded by little old ladies I'm sure things might have turned out differently.

It was actually quite a weird scene,.. a somewhat hulking shaved headed guy in a leather jacket with "9-11 was an inside job" in giant white lettering on the back, a couple of guys in their upper 50s and several grandmothers telling this staffer what his boss and his associates need to do to stay alive.

Anyway, I have to say that it really doesn't look to me that they could stop the inevitable now even if they wanted to, which they obviously don't. So starting the killing would be dumb but the killing will be brought to us soon enough I'm sure. When the people who have no clue at all what is really happening snap it's not going to be pretty. I think if we can keep it from becoming a French style revolution with every lowly bank teller or dog catcher strung up before it's all over, we'll be exceedingly lucky.

I won't be starting any wars but when the war comes to me I'll reckon my own hide and the hides of my friends and family a tad more valuable than the other guy's and act accordingly as any sane person would.

But then RI is actually talking about lawful execution after trial and prosecution which is actually a very slim possibility perhaps and peaceful as anyone could hope for at this point. Applying a law that includes the death penalty for the crime committed is not simply killing whether you agree with the death penalty or not. Personally, I'm all for it when it comes to mas murderers and traitors who plan the mass murder of our own people.

Sad to say but they're walking dead men at this point whether any of us like it or not. The only question that remains is whether they'll turn on each other and some will do the right thing to save themselves or whether they'll take out a couple of million of us with them. To me it already seems they have chosen the latter course though some are on the brink of falling on the right side of the fence.

My advice is stay peaceful but stay prepared for ANYTHING no matter how good you think your intel is. Not all men go to war willingly but few wars come only to the willing. Hey, that's pretty quotable. I think I done outdid myself there.
Comment by Rev. Hellion on March 2, 2009 at 4:37am
Here's the link you were looking for Tara.

I think it's interesting how what once was liberal establishments are being converted to Neo-cons much in the same way conservatives were being fear-mongered into neo-con beliefs. This is coming from someone who at one time considered himself a liberal and have found that the whole scale has skewed itself so that my ideals are more Libertarian than anything now. It's sad to think that liberal/democrat has turned into communist/fascist ideals that undermine the fundamental ideas this country was based on.

As far as killing people goes, I don't think that is necessary as we can reclaim our government by exposing the truth. As I believe, and have seen and experienced, violence only causes violence and never dissolves the real issues. Speak up to all who will listen.
Comment by Marklar on March 2, 2009 at 3:24am
I don't think you'd really call Harvard leftist, more like neo-con these days. But how many republican politicians do you really think there are besides Ron Paul who yell smaller government and actually mean it. If it's a bigger number than five I'd say you're probably being generous. Left and right both do these kinds of "mental illness" studies so they can do some political grandstanding for whoever is funding the study. I highly doubt that many in academia actually take such studies seriously except as an occasional source of revenue.
Comment by Marklar on March 2, 2009 at 3:16am
Just put the cursor where you want the link, then click on the link icon on the top (looks like a tiny 3 link hunk of chain - chain link, get it) then paste the link into the pop-up window that comes up. it will just look like a little mess of code until you hit then wahlah!
Comment by Tara on March 1, 2009 at 7:29pm
I'm so computer illiterate!!!! I'm trying to post the link where this article came from but I'm having trouble. I need a blogging and posting class 101. LOL

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