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41 thoughts on “You’re Probably a Paranoid Libertarian, Says Harvard Law School Professor

  1. Are we paranoid? Or just paying attention to what’s going on?

  2. Phillip the Bruce says:

    What, me paranoid? Paranoia is an unjustified fear. My fear of gunverment in general and the National Gunverment especially, is well justified.

  3. Texas Chris says:

    Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get us.

  4. I’m not the least bit paranoid. My distrust of my government is well-founded in factual abuses of power, usurpation of our Constitution and verifiable harassment, imprisonment and murders of many who oppose the Obama administration. The President himself said he would punish his enemies and reward his friends. Political retribution for those who oppose him is illegal, but apparently no one cares enough to impeach the bastard.

  5. Texas Chris, that is so true

  6. It isn't paranoia, it is a heightened state of awareness & for damn' good reason!!

  7. ok so facts come out and we are paranoid, just like when the CIA didn't conduct test on Americans with LSD injection and radiation injections in the 50s and 60s huh. and this was done without consent and knowledge of anyone other than Govt officials. yea were the ones who are paranoid !

  8. It fits for the most part, but true Libertarians care little foot Biblical Christianity where God’s liberty only matters.

  9. Brian Hill says:

    It is not paranoia if they realy are out to get you!!

  10. SpiderMike says:

    If I'm a paranoid libertarian, so were the following:

    “The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government – lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.” ~ Patrick Henry

    "Republics decline into democracies and democracies degenerate into despotisms." ~ Aristotle

    "The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws." ~ Tacitus

    "Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people. " ~ Theodore Roosevelt

    “Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.” ~ George Washington

    "The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then." ~ Thomas Jefferson

    “Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms (of government) those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

    “Fear is the foundation of most governments; but it is so sordid and brutal a passion, and renders men in whose breasts it predominates so stupid and miserable, that Americans will not be likely to approve of any political institution which is founded on it.” ~ John Adams (Were it so today)

    "The truth is that all men having power ought to be mistrusted." ~ James Madison

    “There are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by the gradual and silent encroachment of those in power, than by violent and sudden usurpation.” ~ James Madison

    "Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God." ~ Benjamin Franklin

    "Government, in it's last analysis, is organized force". ~ Woodrow Wilson

    "Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure". ~ L. Neal Smith

    "Government in it's best state, is but a necessary evil, in it's worse state, an intolerable one." ~ Thomas Paine

    “A government that is big enough to give you all you want is big enough to take it all away.” ~ Barry Goldwater

  11. I’d say we’ve been paying attention to what has been going on for the past 500 years.

  12. Dennis Grenier says:

    I am a true Libertarian and a strong Christian. You may want to learn a little more about Libertarians and their beliefs. You may be surprised.

  13. bdcorvette says:

    The Hahvahd professor is probably a paranoid anti-American traitor like the president and all of his commie Czars.

  14. Howard Roark says:

    Care little foot?

  15. If the intro about Ayers is true, then we are not paranoid!


  16. Stuart Shepherd says:

    "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."
    Gee, like the IRS abuses maybe? Or like every other government in the history of mankind that ALWAYS lead to genocides? Or exactly as the founders feared and tried to guard against legally (the constitution) and is the very definition of political freedom?

    No, we'd be much better off with pot-smoking, lesbian and gay, abortion-loving (genocidal already!) elite liberal professors and presidents (Harvard law) telling us HOW WE CAN LIVE- don't you all think?!!!

  17. Just paranoid. The world isn't nearly as bad as you wish it were. Sure, there are some crappy things going on – NSA being the biggest, but that can of worms was opened over a decade ago – but paranoia naturally makes things appear to be "end of days" bad.

    Aaaaand cue right-wing echo chamber.

  18. Stuart Shepherd says:

    You're good, man! EXCELLENT set of quotes! Copy, paste, and use time. Thank you (although Reagan also had a few great ones)

  19. David decker says:

    When are we going to band together and form the first FSA ( Free States of America )?

  20. Doug Rodrigues says:

    What you said amounts to denial. No, this isn’t the end of days, it’s the end of freedom as we knew it. Who would have ever believed that the United States would have a Marxist inspired President…a President who keeps all of his past secret…has a proven fake Birth Certificate…proven fake Social Security number…proven fake Selective Service number…was known in College as being a foreign student…who had a teen year mentor who was the Hawaii Communist Party organizer…and who often functions outside of the Constitution. So if you think that’s paranoia, I’ll have to brand you as being a “Useful Idiot.”

  21. Check. Based on historical experience, the Founders held the very same beliefs. Would that count as a "relevant consideration"?

  22. Silverback says:

    As a layman with no degree or license in psychiatry, I am careful not to use clinical terms. The perfesser lost my attention by using a clinical term which he is not qualified to use. Each of the individuals he names may be motivated by a different reason. It turns out they are all dirtbags, each his own unique, little snowflake way.

  23. Marc Jeric says:

    Harvard has become a nest of commie POS's – low-brow creeps who have read the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx with its cry "Expropriate the expropriators!" and now are convinced to have discovered the truth. According to that Marxian wisdom the poor used to have all the money and then the capitalists came and stole it all. How logical!
    Harvard sports a thing called the DuBois Institute – in honor of that highly ranked communist DuBois, a recipient of the Lenin Prize. Mullah B. Hussein Obama, our Marxist Muslim President from Kenya, attended Harvard but his study transcript is not available for viewing.

  24. I was raised in a democratic house with Truman style parents when I got old enough to vote the '76 election was happening so I went to the local county convention and discovered I WAS NOT a DEMONRAT! So I voted Republican. Over the last 40 years or so I have voted both Rep. and Libertarian. I am a conservative Christian and I truly think all the parties are only out for re-election but I most agree with the Libertarians on all but the social issues. I wish the TEA party would develop a COMPLETE platform with all issues considered. I think the poor old Harvard Prof. is like most Demonrats heart in the right place but his naïve head is UP IS ARSE!

  25. Everyone who disagrees with a liberal is paranoid according to liberals and we need to be re-educated. We can solve the problem by re-educating liberals. Much cheaper, much simpler since they are the minority.

  26. mrsgunnut10 says:

    Nope, I'm not a "Paranoid Liberterian " but I am a genuine " Paranoid Independent Registered Voter " and proud as hell that I are one. That also beats the hell out of being a " Stuffed Shirt Over Educated Dumb Ass College Professor " that has been on the Public Tax Money Pay Roll all these years. Thank you for your time. TSgt., USAF Retired.

  27. Brings to light the subject; why would anyone pay to have this type of drivel pushed into their child's head and make another silly liberal out of someone who could have, with out this trash talk, become a person of intelligence?

  28. I believe we have already gone far past “Modest and apparently reasonable steps”.

  29. This is good. Now perhaps those who had not previously realized they were libertarian will come to new understandings and actually vote libertarian. A whole lot of so-called liberals don’t understand just how libertarian they truly are. We need more uppity professors helping the student body to realize their self-identities.

  30. talljohn777 says:

    Doesn't sound like paranoia to me… Sounds like reality….

  31. agree,agree,agree.

  32. My previous comment hasn't been approved yet , so while I await approval let me assure everyone that I feel the exact same way about baby murderers , sexual perverts of ALL perversions , cowards , tyrants , dictators , anti-Americans , freedom haters , freeloaders , and of course all brutal barbarian murderous raping child molesting muslims , and they all fit that description as well . However , I am NOT a racist , as I would LOVE to see Dr, Benjamin Carson as the next White House occupant with Mia Love as his vice president so that he can not only fix Obamass mess , he can assure everyone that not all black men are ignorant communist b–t–ds . That many black men and women are brilliant like Thomas Sowell Walter Williams , Star Parker and last but not least Justice Clarence Thomas .

  33. The trouble with professors is: they have a captive audience that does not dare disagree for fear of retaliation and they think what they spew out of their mouths in an attempt to brainwash their students, is fact.

  34. Remember people Harvard University is the collage that GAVE a law degree to the fraud and usurper barack hussein obama . Also Harvard University along with other collages gave out A's as if they were candy in the sixties and early seventies to their student population so they could avoid the draft . So I would not put too much stock in what a so called Harvard professor has to say .

  35. Right, I'm a paranoid libertarian like a 10-point buck is paranoid on the first day of hunting season!

  36. Study your history books. That should make anyone fearful of big government.

  37. I find it interesting that the very people who oppose American exceptionalism (like this professor) seem to believe in it when it comes to the government never, ever overstepping its bounds and becoming tyrannical: "Why, this is America! OUR government would never use its power to take advantage, like all those OTHER governments! We're different!" Yeah, right. And homo sapiens Americanus is a totally different species, too. Especially in politics. No corruption here!

  38. The people who founded the United States were apparently also "Paranoid Libertarians". Their handiwork, while imperfect, was a pretty durable and power set of Institutions.

    Not bad for a bunch of "paranoids".

  39. Tenure does cover a multitude of sins.

  40. A true paranoid libertarian is terrified of losing the freebies and not all concerned about the country.

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