One thing I note about both liberals and conservatives is that their deviations from libertarianism say something about their sense of self and human weakness. If conservatives feel vices of the flesh–sex, drugs, drink, gambling, etc.–are worthy objects for some societal control, liberals are seemingly prone to psychotic urges. It’s like the psychologists trick of asking how you think other people are feeling or thinking in order to determine how you view the world. If you think everyone’s a scheming liar out to do you harm, you probably act and think that way yourself.
Consider the liberal view of guns, where every fender bender may become a shootout at the OK corral. Indeed, the controllers admit that they themselves might be doing the shooting half the time. We saw this again, when an idiot editor at Ms. Magazine claims she packed a gun for a month, barely knew what she was doing, and was all around careless and afraid of blowing things up. It’s almost too good to be true.
Such is life. Yes, we all know that hard core academics, feminists, and other assorted vanguards of SWPL are addled on meds and borderline nuts, but that’s no reason to leave the rest of us to the tender mercies of the government and the truly predatory classes at the bottom.