A guy calling himself a “classical liberal” has been posting in the comment section of a blog post I read recently. He sounds like Scrooge, not caring about the deaths of the “excess population.” Now I see where the “your fear doesn’t infringe on my freedom” attitude is coming from: Ayn Randian libertarians. Ayn Rand’s philosophy is screw the poor, screw human lives. It’s godless, and a cancer that’s been spreading through the GOP for years. Once Discus finally loads, search here for matthew harvey and you’ll see what Randian philosophy is really all about: Republicans Have Become the Party of Death The other commenters are appalled at his callous indifference towards the people who will die if we let COVID run rampant.
Richard is a libertarian; this may explain his own callous attitude toward the poor. Years ago, he explained to my husband his view of taking away governmental programs for the poor, and putting it all on the churches. My husband said it would result in years of suffering. Richard’s response: “oh well.” (And Richard was poor, himself, relying on governmental programs, so I never quite understood this.)
BTW, I see here what becomes of the kind of libertarianism that Richard and his friend Chris (who moved to Free Keene) were into: Calling out libertarians for what they really are (review of book about Grafton, New Hampshire, which fell apart under libertarian principles). Quote:
The message is that Ayn Rand was very wrong. Given the total freedom they seek, Americans cringe in fear. They fear losing any part of their freedoms. They fear their neighbors. They fear any kind of authority. Their community crumbles before their eyes at their own instigation. There is no cohesion, only suspicion. The libertarian ethic is anti-everything, pro-nothing, and a horrible way to live.