Kneejerk Objection No. 2 (To the consistent application of libertarian principles):
"But isn't that the same as ... (choose): extremism, racism, militarism, fascism, Naziism, communism, etc., etc."
Answer to No. 2: 

What???    You mean you really can't tell the difference between live-and-let-livers and control freaks?Huh???
Or are you deliberately trying to obliterate the totally obvious distinction between
  the world's greatest champions of  "Live and Let Live" ... and ... 
  the world's biggest advocates of  Mob Rule or Dictatorship??
Between the world's best advocates of small, verrrrry limited government and ... 
the world's worst advocates of huge, all-intrusive government?
... ?  ... ?  ... ? ...

Now that you actually THINK about it, doesn't it strike you as being

even a Liitttttle bit STU U UPID* ????!*** Hmmm?????

**** (If not grotesquely insane)
Have you asked yourself if maybe it isn't based on your swallowing whole your teachers' blind acceptance of the ancient left-right political spectrum

The ancient left-right political spectrum was developed when the world was still based on feudalism, a system made up of only "givers" and "takers," (serfs and landlords, or taxees and taxers), long before there was any widespread protection of free (UNcoerced) trade or any developed entrepreneurial ("middle") class (which engages only in mutually-agreed-upon transactions).  That ancient spectrum is so useless (or useful to only the deceitful) in modern times it must be relegated to the status of being hopelessly obsolete. 

Notice how some people even try to put socialists on the "left" and fascists on the "right" (as if they trampled peoples' lives any differently), and then trap you into accepting the bizarre and evil notion that freedom is somehow a "compromise" between, or a combination of, two allegedly "opposite" collectivist extremes.  This, of course, is absurd on its face, and actually leaves limited-government advocacy and the essence of freedom totally off the chart out of the picture.

Further, doesn't it also strike you as obvious that when you try to draw a parallel between the good guys and the bad guys,  you often wind up whitewashing the bad guys instead of  tarnishing the good guys as you intended? 

Newsflash!:  Your basic political choice is NOT which type of control freak or which type or how much intrusive government to have, but WHETHER to have ANY intrusive-type government AT ALL.  YOU may be prone to irrationality or hysteria; YOU may be afraid of individual liberty. ... but that does NOT give you a right to remove LIBERTY from the choices altogether, which is what the "left-right" spectrum essentially does.

Isn't it time YOU started thinking outside the "Which type of powerful government should we have?" box?

"In principle, there are only two fundamental political viewpoints. 
That is, two contradictory ends of the 'political spectrum.' 
Those two principles are freedom and slavery." -- Mark Da Cunha
HERE's a chart comparing Socio-Politico-Economic Systems
"Left-wing?" "Right-wing?" 
Wings are for birds, not people!
See the REAListic Political Spectra HERE
Socialism "vs." Fascism
     "It is a matter of record that in the German Election of 1933, the Communist Party was ordered by its leaders to vote for the Nazis - with the explanation that they could later fight the Nazis for power, but first they had to help destroy their common enemy : capitalism and its parliamentary form of government." -- Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism' or The Art of Smearing", Chapter 17 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal
"National Socialism is what Marxism might have been if it could have broken its absurd and artificial ties with the democratic order." -- Adolph Hitler to Rauschning, The Voice of Destruction, pg. 186

"The unity of a nation's spirit and will are worth far more than the freedom of the spirit and will of an individual; and that the higher  interests involved in the life of the whole must here set the limits and lay down the duties of the interests of the individual." -- Adolph Hitler

"... we understand only the individual's capacity to make sacrifices for the community, for his fellow men." -- Adolf Hitler, October 7, 1933

"To be a socialist is to submit the I to the thou; socialism is sacrificing the individual to the whole." -- Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Propaganda, National Socialist German Workers' ("Nazi") Party 

"Fascist ethics begin ... with the acknowledgment that it is not the individual who confers a meaning upon society, but it is, instead, the existence of a human society which determines the human character of the individual. According to Fascism, a true, a great spiritual life cannot take place unless the State has risen to a position of pre-eminence in the world of man. The curtailment of liberty thus becomes justified at once, and this need of rising the State to its rightful position." -- Mario Palmieri, "The Philosophy of Fascism" 1936

"Comrades!  We must abolish the cult of the individual decisively, once and for all."  -- Soviet Premier Nikita S. Khrushchev, addressing the 20th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party, 2-25-56

"We need to stop  worrying about the rights of the  individual and start worrying about what is best for society!" -- Hillary Clinton, 1993 

    "What, actually, is the difference between communism and fascism?  Both are forms of statism, authoritarianism.  The only difference between Stalin’s communism and Mussolini’s fascism is an insignificant detail in organizational structure." -- Leonard E. Read, in "Neither Left Nor Right"

   "Basically National Socialism and Marxism are the same.” -- Adolph Hitler, speech, 1941

    "The Nazis are well remembered for murdering well over 11 million people in the implementation of their slogan, 'The public good before the private good,' the Chinese Communists for murdering 62 million people in the implementation of theirs, 'Serve the people,' and the Soviet Communists for murdering more than 60 million people in the implementation of Karl Marx's slogan, 'from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs.'  Anyone who defends any of these, or any variation of them, on the grounds of their 'good intentions' is an immoral (NOT 'amoral') enabler of the ACTUAL (not just the proverbial) road to hell." -- Rick Gaber


   " 'Extremism' is a word deliberately chosen for its vagueness and used by intellectual slobs who are too desperate, sneaky or lazy to say exactly what they mean.  Its only purpose is to deliberately try to confuse the difference between people who are extremely good (usually because of devotion to their principles) with people who are extremely bad.  The sleazeballs who use this supposedly scary, yet undefined word are not only trying to smear people of conviction and integrity, but they're also trying to divert attention away from the fact that they are obviously not people of principle themselves." -- Rick Gaber

    "If you depart from moral absolutes, you go into a bottomless pit. Communism and Naziism were catastrophic evils which both derived from moral relativism. Their differences were minor compared to their similarities." -- celebrated historian Paul Johnson

     "The Big Lie of the late 20th century was that Nazism was Rightist. It was in fact typical of the Leftism of its day. It was only to the Right of Stalin's Communism. The very word 'Nazi' is a German abbreviation for 'National Socialist' (Nationalsozialist) and the full name of Hitler's political party (translated) was 'The National Socialist German Workers' Party' (In German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei)." -- Dr. John Joseph Ray

   "If an uncompromising stand is to be smeared as 'extremism,' then that smear is directed at any devotion to values, any loyalty  to principles, any profound conviction, any consistency, any steadfastness, any passion, any dedication to an unbreached, inviolate truth -- any man of integrity." -- Ayn Rand in " 'Extremism' or The Art of Smearing", Chapter 17 of Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal

    "I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice!  And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue!"  --  Karl Hess and Barry Goldwater; attribution to Cicero

"Extremism in pursuit of moderation is not necessarily a virtue." --
Jonah Goldberg

"A moderate is either someone who has no moral code of  his own, or if he does, then he's someone who doesn't have the guts to take sides between good and evil." – Rick Gaber

"Any person or any so-called 'political spectrum' that equates live-and-let-livers with control freaks is even more evil than the worst control freaks themselves." -- Bert Rand

"In any compromise between good and evil, it is only evil that can profit." --Ayn Rand

"In matters of principle, stand like a rock." -- Thomas Jefferson

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     "Anything other than free enterprise always means a society of compulsion and lower living standards, and any form of socialism strictly enforced means dictatorship and the total state.  That this statement is still widely disputed only illustrates the degree to which malignant fantasy can capture the imagination of intellectuals." -- Lew Rockwell

"The Democrats and Republicans stand at two extremes, characterized by which parts of our lives they emphasize their desire to control.  Libertarians reject both extremes in favor of the government leaving control of your life to you." -- Michael Badnarik

On the lighter side: "Paint their swastiKa green"




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