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Libertarian Humor: Everything You Need to Know about Statism in One Image

When trying to educate people about the superiority of free enterprise over statism, I generally show them long-run data comparing market-oriented jurisdictions with those that have state-driven economies. Here are some of my favorite examples. North Korea vs. South Korea Cuba vs. Chile Ukraine vs. Poland Hong Kong vs. Argentina Singapore vs. Jamaica It’s my […]

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Libertarian Christmas vs Socialist Christmas

Back in 2014, I looked at the vitally important battle over whether Santa Claus is a liberal or conservative. Let’s now broaden that debate and contemplate the difference between libertarian Christmas and socialist Christmas. We’ll start with this much-deserved jab at socialists, the people who continue to believe in coerced equality even though such systems […]

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Everything You Need to Know about Libertarianism, in a Venn Diagram

I wrote a couple of days ago about a global ranking showing which nations enjoy the most personal and economic freedom. Surprisingly, European nations dominated the top 20, which suggests (given the depressing amount of statism in Europe) that libertarians have a lot of work to do if we want good liberty-oriented role models for […]

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Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, which Nation Has the Most Total Freedom of All?

Libertarians are sometimes described as people who don’t want the government to interfere in either the bedroom or boardroom, which is a shorthand way of saying that there should be both personal freedom and economic freedom. Based on this preference for liberty and a desire to avoid government coercion, what’s the most libertarian nation in […]

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Thanksgiving, Redistributionism, and Libertarianism

What’s the fundamental problem with redistributionist economic policy? As a libertarian, I would answer with a philosophical argument against coercion. I think it is immoral for vote-seeking politicians, using the threat of imprisonment, to rob Peter to subsidize Paul. But as an economist, the problem is incentives. Simply stated, redistribution from Peter to Paul undermines […]

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More Inane Developments in the Drug War

When writing about money laundering laws, I’ll sometimes highlight gross abuses by government and I’ll periodically make the usual libertarian arguments about privacy. But I mostly focus on how the laws simply don’t make sense from a cost-benefit perspective. Anti-money laundering laws and regulations impose large burdens on the private sector, which creates disproportionate hardship […]

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More Items for the Libertarian Humor Collection

I have an entire page dedicated to libertarian-related humor. Unfortunately, the majority of my collection makes fun of libertarians. So I’m always on the lookout for new items that will even up the balance. And here’s something clever, at least for people who are familiar with both Gary Johnson’s failure to know the supposed significance […]

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Amusing Anti-Libertarian Humor

The presidential contest between Clinton and Trump (can we shorten that to “Clump”?) is so depressing that it’s time to distract ourselves with some libertarian humor. And I’m even willing so share such humor when libertarians are the target of mockery. Cartoons on libertarian ice fishing and libertarian lifeguards. A mosaic showing 24 types of libertarians. A poster showing […]

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Elitism; Where Libertarians, the Left, and Now Too Many Conservatives Share the Same Dance

And how they are joined is neither political nor philosophical. It is entirely psychological. This is important to understand, because Karl Marx’s original followers were all academicians. …

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The Democrats’ euphemisms

The Democratic Party has waged a war against straightforward speech for decades. They aren’t pro-abortion. They’re pro-choice. They aren’t anti-gun. They’re for gun control. They aren’t pro-terrorist. They’re just opposed to racial and religious profiling. They aren’t big spenders. They’re pro-government ‘investment’. They aren’t the party of tax increases. They’re the party that favors the […]

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More Libertarian Humor

It’s difficult to be a libertarian. Politicians and bureaucrats do so many foolish things that you can spending your entire day being outraged. But that’s probably not healthy, so it’s good to keep things in perspective with some political humor. Even if libertarians are the ones being mocked, and that’s the case for my most-viewed […]

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Playboy’s Amusing – and Accurate – Assessment of Republicans, Democrats, and Libertarians

I will always have fond feelings for Playboy, though not for the stereotypical reason. My appreciation for the magazine is largely based on the fact that I got a very nice honorarium from the German version back in the 1990s for writing an assessment of Bill Clinton’s likely approach to economic policy (confession: he turned […]

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Libertarian Humor for a Dismal Topic

I’m a bleeding heart libertarian in that I get most upset about statist policies that make life harder for disadvantaged people so that folks with more money can get undeserved goodies. For instance, I despise anti-school choice leftists because they value political support from teacher unions more than they value opportunity for poor kids. And […]

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Very Timely Humor Poking Fun at Libertarians

Northern Virginia just got buried by more than two feet of snow. This has two implications. First, I’m going to have a fun time shoveling my driveway. Second, I’m going to add to my collection of humor that pokes fun at libertarians. Cartoons on libertarian ice fishing and libertarian lifeguards. A mosaic showing 24 types of libertarians. A poster […]

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Libertarian Humor

After the grim pessimism of yesterday’s topic, it’s time for something lighter. In the past, I’ve shared lots of libertarian humor, both from a friendly perspective and a critical perspective. Now it’s time to add to that collection. We’ll start with a great video from the folks at Reason. They have a parody trailer for […]

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The Libertarian Solution to Transgender Bathrooms and Locker Rooms

One of the great things about being a libertarian is that you have no desire for government sanctions against peaceful people who are different than you are, and that should be a very popular stance. You can be a libertarian who is also a serious fundamentalist, yet you have no desire to use the coercive […]

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Poor Women Should Be Able to Choose Surrogate Motherhood

What’s the difference between libertarians and conservatives? I’ve touched on that issue before, citing some interesting research which suggests that the underlying difference involves cultural factors such as attitudes about authority. But let’s narrow the question and look at the specific issue of how conservatives and libertarians differ on people’s right to make decisions about […]

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Debunking a Straw-Man Attack against Libertarianism

I don’t understand why some people are hostile to libertarians. After all, our philosophy is based on the notion that we want government to be limited so it is less likely to reach into your wallet or your bedroom. At the risk of oversimplifying, libertarians think it’s okay for government to safeguard life, liberty, and […]

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Quizzes to Determine Political Philosophy and Political Candidates

As far as I’m concerned, a key gateway test of whether someone might be a libertarian is whether they get upset when ordinary people are mistreated or brutalized by government. Such as the case of an elderly couple who had their hotel stolen by government. Such as the case of the family grocer who had his bank account […]

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Libertarian Humor, Pro and Con

After writing about such an emotionally charged issue yesterday, let’s change the topic and enjoy a bit of levity. I’ve shared several examples of anti-libertarian humor, most of which are fairly clever because they seize on something that is sort of true and take it to the preposterous extreme. Here’s something with a different flavor. […]

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