Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Wingnut Dictionary – Libertine

Translating Wingnutspeak into good ol' American English.

Word of the Day:

Libertine or Libertines

\li-bər-tēn\ or \li-bər-tēnz\


Within Right Wing counter culture the term is attributed to self identified Libertarians who are deemed insufficiently deferential to the historical values, customs, and traditions passed from one generation to the next, that establish a perception of society’s cultural identity. Instead, Libertines believe that custom and laws based upon historical cultural norms have a tendency to impinge on individual liberty, especially freedom of thought and action. Libertines, like a majority of libertarians tend to view individual liberty through a narrow prism of individual rights while de-emphasizing individual responsibility to community or society. Opposition to Taxation and Government Regulation occupy approximately 99% of Libertine ideology.
Used in every day Right Wing conservation:
Maybe had the libertarians done a better job of preventing their party from being overrun with Libertines — a group of people who couldn’t care less about the size and scope of government as long as their desires for one night stands with a bag of weed and a tranny from 7th and Broadway are unimpeded by government — we wouldn’t be having these issues within the conservative movement.


There is a natural dissonance between Utopian Libertine Ideology and so-called social Conservatism. Early American Political Philosophy developed a correlation between rights and responsibilities. For example: a White Male Citizen had the right to bear arms, because he also had a corresponding duty to service in the community Militia. Understandings of Rights and Duties were interrelated. Current Libertine Ideology, however, emphasizes individual liberty while largely rejecting corresponding duties owed to society. Within so-called Social Conservatism, historical values, customs, and traditions that establish the majority’s perception of society’s cultural identity are seen as absolute and citizens have a duty to act within those norms – even if such action infringes upon individual liberty.

In the example provided above, the speaker, is critical of allowing the participation of a same sex advocacy group at a conservative gathering. Even though the advocacy group largely shares the Speakers political ideology, it does desire some policy outcomes which increase individual liberty (equality under the law for members of the GLBT community) but conflict with normative perceptions of society’s cultural identity (a prejudice against members of this community). Thus the advocacy group is labeled “Libertine.”

[h/t] –RedState Blog

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