09 January 2013

Female Libertarians

The irony of this video is that it fails to recognize that’s its solution is self-contradictory.  Token Libertarian Girl correctly realizes that the main way to increase the number of female libertarians is to make libertarianism more popular.  Unfortunately, libertarianism, as a social group, is not well-suited to a mass social movement because libertarianism tends to strongly emphasize individuality, which is what hinders it from becoming a massive movement.

There was quite a big to-do a while back about the Koch Brothers’ role in the Cato institute that ruffled quite a few libertarian feathers over the matter of ideological purity versus political pragmatism.  Apparently in libertarian land, ideological purity is a very big deal.  In the real world, the Cato institute isn’t influential enough to afford these sorts of schisms.  This is but one example of how libertarians tend to part ways over petty matters, and this sort of sectarianism is what prevents the movement from becoming hugely popular.

Women don’t generally tend towards individualism (though the hamster tells them otherwise), and women tend to not like conflict (unless it’s between two attractive men and she’s the prize).  Given that libertarianism strongly emphasizes individualism and seems to implicitly encourage conflict, it’s no wonder that women shy away.  Of course, were influential libertarians to encourage adherence to rigid ideological doctrines while encouraging everyone to be nice, the movement would basically turn progressive, which would kind of defeat the purpose of making the change, as there would no longer be a libertarian movement to which to attract women.

Basically, the reason that there are not more female libertarians is because females, as a general rule, do not like liberty.

1 comment:

  1. Yeah, men, very often, acquire wealth by creating it. Some significant minority recognizes free markets, property rights, and the impartial rule of law as ideal conditions for that. Most can at least comprehend the idea that they have to produce more than they consume.

    Women acquire wealth by persuading men to give them some, at home or at work or at the welfare office. The idea of that all gains must be earned honestly is bad news for essentially all women, and still bizarrely counterintuitive for pretty much all the rest. They really don't understand where goods and services come from, and they're too entitled and narcissistic to care. This is true of women I like very much; they can't help it.

    Meg McArdle is an outlier.