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Friday, June 13, 2014

Bergdahl Reading Ayn Rand, Jared Miller As Libertarian, and Edward Snowden As A Ron Paul Sycophant.

Why are Ayn Rand's writings and Libertarianism so prevalent in our news and current events? 

Over the past few years the word "Libertarian or Libertarianism" has eased into the everyday fabric of the nation. An ideology that seems to represent a false premise from its early infancy (In the US) through its current state of being. "Give me the liberty to do whatever I want and give me 100% privacy, I want small government, allow me to deny rights to others and do not charge me any taxes!" The ridiculousness of it all.

Libertarian ideology and the movement seems to attract Americans who seek an idyllic state without realization people destroy ideal states. People turn what could be utopia into movements that can and do attract crackpots and opportunist.  Example, there may have been conservatives who actually thought the Tea Party was going to be good for the nation. Is it a coincidence the very people who started and funded the Tea party are also Libertarian? Wonder those predominately older white Americans who embraced the 2009 Tea Party did so with consideration of existential opportunity for racist groups, militia, and a platform for talk of armed revolution? 

A 2010 WISER, University of Washington Institute for Study of Ethnicity, Race and Sexuality, study (poll) delineated a perspective on the Koch Tea Party and, for me at least, a perspective on the many Libertarians.

The data are compelling, and provides a validating foundation for my premise regarding the commonalty of the Tea Party and "so-called" libertarians. Progressives, independents and truly concerned conservatives (all seven of them) should take note. We should take note of the WISER Study and Hullabalo's analyses while contemplating people like Edward Snowden (Ron Paul sycophant), Jared Miller (whacked-out Las Vegas killer embraced Libertarianism among all things anti-US), and guilty via his reading and rumors about his parents: Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdhal's insertion with Snowden and Miller is for sake of points related to libertarianism and fringe elements vs. actual associative linkage. 

Hullabalo provides and "easy-to-read" assessment analysis of the charts. My reason for posting the graphics relates much more to modern-day manifestation of young white males perpetrating acts based on ideology that is not only divisive it is negatively effusive.

Libertarian ideology is not only shaping GOP politics, it is influencing society via attracting some who in the long run will be judged as undesirable. 

The Kochs via the Tea Party and the 2010 mid-terms shaped federal governance for many years to come.

Let's consider for a second.....

The Kochs gave conceptual birth to and funded the early Tea Party.

The US public has turned on the Tea Party like falling off the face of Mount Rushmore. 

Gallup December 13th, 2013
Opinions of the Tea Party Movement Since 2010

As of May 2014, the Koch's assessment of the political environment and current strategy of forsaking the movement are Libertarian.

The Koch brothers have claimed the ideology for many years with only recent declaration from Charles Koch he is not a Libertarian. From David Kochs 1980 vice-presidential run for the White House to nascent mega-million donations to the GOP, Charles Kochs last month commented to the NY Times as follows:
Writes the Times' Nicholas Confessore: 
Since 1980, the Republican Party has moved closer to the Koch family’s views on government regulation. Its rising members now court the Kochs and like-minded donors at twice-yearly "seminars" that the brothers organize. In 2012, David Koch was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. 
“I think the Republican Party has a great chance of being successful and that’s why I support it,” Mr. Koch told reporters at an American Prosperity reception in Tampa, Fla., that year. “The Libertarian Party is a great concept. I love the ideals, but it got too far off the deep end, and so I dropped out.” 
Ron Paul is a Libertarian celebrity. As a 'star' libertarian, he stands as a man who has a history of a disgusting racist newsletter (during the 1990s) and who has been reported as far closer to white supremacist for comfort. I have avoided mention of his mantra of legalizing heroin during times when very young white people are using the substance as a drug of choice. As I re-read the last sentence it looks like I failed to avoid mentioning heroin abuse after all.

Yes, Paul and the Kochs are Libertarian. 

My central reason for mentioning Libertarianism relates to a millennial white male demographic group that has denizens who embrace the ideology. There appears an increasing affinity for the ideology among young men who are shaping our world in ways that could prove terminal. Media is reporting this week, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's has a libertarian connection. Bergdahl's parents are reported as libertarian (unable to confirm to date) and the Washington Post and other sources are reporting the captive often wrote zany passages and was a follower of Ayn Rand:

Bergdahl and Ayn Rand 
"Bergdahl also developed Ayn Rand–ian ideas about finding "complete freedom": On June 27, he sent an e-mail to his friends titled “Who is John Galt?,” a reference to the hero of Ayn Rand’s novel “Atlas Shrugged,” about individualism in a dystopian America. 
I will serve no bandit, nor lair, for i know John Galt, and understand . . .” Bergdahl wrote. “This life is too short to serve those who compromise value, and its ethics. i am done compromising.”
Three days later, Bergdahl walked off his post.

On the last page of his journal, the Post reports, Bergdahl imagined "a story about one going-crazy-to wander the earth alone."

Apparently Bowe Bergdahl former POW, had a fascination with Ayn Rand and carried a copy of "Atlas Shrugged" wherever he went. It was one of the possessions he mailed home to his best friend Kim Harrison before he went missing.

The Raw Story recently published a piece that adds additional perspective on Libertarian impact on our society. Since, I have acquaintances who embrace Libertarianism, at least in part, I will not comment farther after The Raw Story piece. My over-riding point is the impact of conservatism that reaches the psyches of people who show signs of deep rooted psychological issues.

Basically, I am hearing the name Ayn Rand for more than is comfortable and her name is prevalent based on philosophies other than her commendable writings on civil rights.

Salon published a piece on June 14th, 2014, that you must take a few minutes and read. You simply must do so, even if it means skipping the piece from the Raw Story posted below.  

Libertarian host who inspired Vegas killers: They were ‘victims,’ murdering cops saves lives (via Raw Story )
A libertarian gun activist — who was convicted on weapons charges after he carried a loaded shotgun in downtown Washington, D.C. — this week defended two people who recently went on a shooting rampage in Las Vegas, killing two police officers and…

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