First, if anyone isn't interested in blogging flame wars, I suggest that you skip this post. If, however, you enjoy pseudonymous wankers throwing insults across the web at each other, then read on, dear chap, read on...
Anyway, I don't normally pay any attention to blogging minnows Boatang and Demetriou: not because they are blogging minnows, you understand, but because they are strident, tedious, can't write for shit and, moreover, appear to be vying for the Most Unpleasant Shits On The Interwebs Award.
However, they have been slagging me off quite vociferously recently—and slagging off LPUK—so I have felt it incumbent upon me to wade into the tedious cesspool that is their comment threads—threads usually characterised by one or other of these fractious fools telling perfectly reasonable people to "fuck off".
Another classic trope for Boaty & D (as they like to style themselves) is to maintain that they are, in fact, considerably more libertarian than yeeeooooow. Yes, yeeeooow. Which is why, of course, this pair of numpties spend the majority of their time slagging off libertarians and libertarian bloggers.
Unless, of course, they are just whoreing for visitors—which means that I have just fallen into their cunning trap. But fuck it, this is fun...
So, anyway, as you might imagine, this "more libertarian than yeeeooow" meme is somewhat tiring—especially since the both of them favour considerably more government intervention than I do (your humble Devil is, apparently, "an anarcho-capitalist extremist and possibly a feudalist") and I tend to favour optimum outcomes over pure libertarian ideals.
Still, ever eager to point out hypocrisy in those who set themselves up as leaders of men—as Boaty & D most certainly do—I thought it might be appropriate to highlight a thrilling piece of idiocy from Dumb-ty and Dumber-ty.
It starts with this gem, from J Demetriou, over at the gruesome twosome's place... [Emphasis mine.]
Seriously, we don't think we are the most libertarian out there, and all others less so. We are fucked off that libertarianism has been cornered, hijacked and exclusively defined by a small number of people on the hard right. We seek to expand what it means, not constrict it, and we don't have this 'you're not a libertarian' thing going on, as much as you keep arguing it.
And again, here's J Demetriou denying the truth with all the force of his wee lungs...
You've made the same 'mistake' (or is it more deliberate than that?) as DK. We do not think we are 'more libertarian than yeeeaoow', and we don't seek to arrogantly decide who is and who isn't libertarian.
I ask you to point out any evidence of where we have done that.
Which is weird. Because, you see, I have decided to pick up the gauntlet and... wait! What's this? Oh, on my bad-tempered union post below, the great J left the following comment.
You're no libertarian, you're a joker.
As I said, they are considerably more libertarian than yeeeoooow.
In fact, of course, JD is absolutely right: Boaty & D are not "the most libertarian out there"—they are barely libertarian at all. Which is why, of course, the great JD can post horseshit like this...
But all I see in the LPUK is AnCap [Anarcho-Capitalist] ideals and philosophy. I have not witnessed any reasonable minded, realistic compromise. It is all about destroying anything that vaguely sniffs of people coming together, and the state.
... and actually mean it. This man claims to have been a member of the LPUK and yet he has, apparently, never read the LPUK manifesto: the entire document is a compromise between true libertarianism (or even anarcho-capitalism) and real-world feasibility.
If LPUK were anarcho-capitalist then we most certainly wouldn't support a state-funded voucher system for schools, would we? And as many commenters here have pointedly pointed out, our immigration policy is very far from the open borders ideal of AnCap.
As for the idea that the party is "all about destroying anything that vaguely sniffs of people coming together"... Well, this is just laughable—as anyone who has had to sit through one of my enthusiastic lectures on Friendly Societies will, no doubt, testify.
Mind you, one can hardly expect clarity of thinking from bloggers who claim to be "minarchists" and simultaneously think that minarchism is somehow analogous to—or requires—democracy.
Still, they're pretty hot stuff at Boaty & D, as J Demetriou modestly attests...
At Boaty & D, we do things differently, and I would argue, much better. Much better than most.
"Differently"? I dunno... It looks like the same old ill-informed aggression and petty hypocrisy to me (of which the morsels above are but the tiniest examples).
But do Boaty & D do hypocrisy, aggression, ignorance, contradiction and vapidity "much better than most"?