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Anecdata, but i have never heard a self-described libertarian suggest that women should have their voting rights rescinded. At the risk of proclaiming No True Scottsman, the entire premise is so antithetical to a libertarian philosophy that i struggle to grasp how someone could embody such competing ideals.

That being said, giving women the [due] right to vote effectively doubled the eligible voting pool in america. To think this wouldn't functionally alter the results is nonsense. Whether or not someone approves of those results should not, and indeed does not, get to change the underlying rights of those women.




To be fair, if you are a libertarian, many people claim the libertarian moniker but then say very illiberal things; check any comment section of Reason when there is a black person killed by a cop. It is getting very hard for people outside your group to identify what libertarian means anymore because of that.

A similar thing is happening on the left I think, but since it is my group, I might not be as mindful of it. The same might follow for you.


> check any comment section of Reason when there is a black person killed by a cop. It is getting very hard for people outside your group to identify what libertarian means anymore because of that.

Care to elaborate? I don't read Reason, but am curious as to an example of what you mean?

(I do agree the liberal moniker is losing value; most folks I interact w/ seem to take extreme characters as if they're the norm, and won't hardly discuss whether the values have any merit.)


Libertarian != liberal

Also, it is unfortunate that people continue to politicize police killings and attribute them to race. Such treatment is ignorant of stastics.

I think these glaring inconsistencies are just starting to tear the left apart. The right have their own problems, but they dont tend to be so obscenely inconsistent as to divide the base along racial and gender lines.


What are the statistics they are ignorant of?


I agree, I've always thought his comments were meaning that due to changing voter demographics there no longer exists enough supporters of his ideal form of government to achieve his utopia, within the western world.

This is not stating that women and beneficiaries don't have a right to vote, but that they'll probably never side with him so if he want's to see a libertarian government they'll probably have to start their own society. I think they were looking at starting some sort of offshore man made island that they could govern themselves.


I have. In fact, I heard it about ten times in the 30 seconds I was googling this.

http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/womens-suffrage/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/peter-thiel-women-democr...




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