"Congratulations! You're not a libertarian"


Are you aware of the epithet "Conservatarian"? Those of you who don't follow lefty blogs might not be. Basically, it's an insult aimed at self-described small-government conservatives and libertarians who don't seem troubled by the expansions of White House police power, and who reliably back the current president.

Recently, this critique seems to be proliferating; see here, for example, or this year-end wrap-up by Duncan "Atrios" Black:

2005 was the year that the president of the United States declared proudly that he had broken the law repeatedly and with full intention, that he had the power to do so whenever he wanted to, and that he would continue to do so whenever he determined it to be desirable. This declaration was met with basic approval from much of the beltway chattering classes, prominent libertarian bloggers, and just about every small government conservative.

Then there's this are-you-really-a-libertarian quiz.

What's interesting to me is the sorta-implied assumption that at least some libertarian ideals are worth having in the first place. Whether this meme will still exist on the left if the Democrats ever regain power on any national level (or indeed whether it actually exists at all), is another question entirely.