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Why should you donate to the 501(c)3 nonprofit that makes all of Reason's journalism possible? The reasons are longer than President Obama's nose, but our progressive friends over at AlterNet inadvertently provided one earlier this week with an impressively awful piece titled "Why Atheist Libertarians Are Part of America's 1 Percent Problem." Bask in the deep thinking of lefty atheist C.J. Werleman:
[F]or some stupid reason, far too many of my non-believer brethren have hitched their wagon to the daftest of all socio-economic theories.
It doesn't help when atheist luminaries publicly extol their libertarianism. Penn Jillette writes, "What makes me a libertarian is what makes me an atheist—I don't know. If I don't know, I don't believe….I'll wait for real evidence and then I'll believe."
Well, the only excuse Jillette has for his breathtaking ignorance is that he earns his living performing as a Las Vegas magician. Also, he graduated from a clown college.
Famed science author and editor of Skeptic magazine Michael Shermer says he became a libertarian after reading Ayn Rand's tome Atlas Shrugged. Wait, what? That's the book that continues to inspire college sophomores during the height of their masturbatory careers, typically young Republicans (nee fascists). […]
When I hear an atheist say he is a libertarian, I know he's given absolutely no thought to it other than the fact that he likes the sound of no foreign wars and no drug laws. The aphorism that libertarians are Republicans with bongs is just about spot-on. […]
Ultimately, atheist libertarians are not part of the solution; atheist libertarians are part of the problem.
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