Why I'm Not an Ayn Rand Libertarian

Libertarians are constantly arguing with each other who is the most pure libertarian and who is most ideologically pure. 

Any type of political ideology is going to have a lot of different variants of it.


Libertarians are constantly arguing with each other who is the most pure libertarian and who is most ideologically pure.  I have no real interest in those types of discussions or arguments and what I resist in one of the strains of libertarianism and that I reject is the idea that humankind is essentially selfish, not only as an observation that we frequently are selfish, but there is a strain of belief, particularly in the Ayn Rand part of the movement that believes people ought to be selfish, that that is a virtue, that humans are always self interested and altruism is evil and love is something that makes us weak and so I reject that aspect of libertarianism. 

I'm a caring, compassionate person and I believe that free markets and free minds leads to the greatest human flourishing, so I really want humans to flourish and I believe liberty and market economies and capitalism are the best strategies for full human flourishing, so I don’t identify with that strain of libertarianism that is sort of uncaring and kind of a social Darwinian variant of it.  I'm very uncomfortable with that.  I'm not that way myself. 

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