After a few days talking about Marxism here and elsewhere, I figured it would be good to spread my wings and pick on libertarians. Here are two specimens.
First, from cartoonist Barry Deutsch comes the 24 Types of Libertarians (or click on the cartoon for a legible version at Deutsch’s site). There’s one variety that’s clearly missing, the Palo Alto-style technolibertarian. Although I suppose there’s some overlap with the Too Much Heinlein variant.
Second, from the truth is stranger than fiction department, here’s a charming comment from a thread on the libertarian-heavy Hacker News forum. The comment is from a discussion thread responding to Intel co-founder Andy Grove’s recent article in Bloomberg, How to Make an American Job Before It’s Too Late: Andy Grove. You might want to read the article and the Hacker News thread for context, but here’s what commenter yummyfajitas has to say about it:
Suppose, hypothetically, that we really do reach a stage where we have a small number of highly productive individuals and a large number of unskilled people without manufacturing work to do.
In that case, it is likely that the skilled will hire the unskilled as servants, making the skilled people even more productive (every hour spent doing laundry is an hour spent not designing the latest iPhone). People will probably also work fewer hours, and take productivity gains in the form of leisure rather than money.
Criticize though you may, at least he’s got a plan for keeping up his fajita habit.
(thanks to Mark Nelson for sharing the Hacker News thread)