According to a well-paid, Establishment-vetted professor at the Harvard Law School, you may be a paranoid libertarian. Who are they? People who think the following.
They despise the modern liberal state.
They reveal NSA secrets: that the agencies spy on most Americans.
They oppose gun control.
They oppose graduated taxation: “Vote to make rich people pay a higher percentage than we do. We can outvote them.”
They have “a wildly exaggerated sense of risks — a belief that if government is engaging in certain action (such as surveillance or gun control), it will inevitably use its authority so as to jeopardize civil liberties and perhaps democracy itself.
They don’t trust government officials — “a presumption of bad faith on the part of government officials — a belief that their motivations must be distrusted.
They think they are members of groups that the government targets, or will target if it gets the opportunity. They believe that liberty “is the overriding if not the only value, and that it is unreasonable and weak to see relevant considerations on both sides.” What about the national-security benefits of some forms of surveillance. Paranoid libertarians “tend to see such arguments as a sham. Similarly, paranoid libertarians tend to dismiss the benefits of other measures that they despise, including gun control and environmental regulation.”
They think we are on a slippery slope: “If government is allowed to take an apparently modest step today, it will take far less modest steps tomorrow, and on the next day, freedom itself will be in terrible trouble. Modest and apparently reasonable steps must be resisted as if they were the incarnation of tyranny itself.”
I made the cut. What about you?