I am sick to fucking death of libertarians being characterized as callous, cold-hearted bastards who secretly think the Poor are at best an inconvenient nuisance, and at worst a potential slave-labor pool. It’s stupid enough applying that stereotype to Republicans, even though some of them really do give off that impression. But we stand for some of the most levelling, liberating, and empowering principles ever dreamed up by mankind, and yet we are typecast as a bunch of Scrooges.
Maybe I should blame Ayn Rand. She chose the loaded word “Selfishness” to sum up her value system, and ranted against the evils of altruism. Maybe if she had picked different words we wouldn’t be tarred with this brush.
Just because my idea of how to help them differs wildly from yours, doesn’t mean I don’t care about my fellow man just as much as you do. I’m sick of the false dilemmas: “Do you support government welfare programs, or do you hate the poor?”. Tell me, when did you stop beating your wife?
Open your mind. As Larry Wall says, there’s more than one way to do it. Consider the possibility that there may be more than one way to create a peaceful, healthy, well-provided-for society. Try to understand that though our means may differ, our ends may still be surprisingly similar.