Lifestyle Libertarianism

It looks like Kennedy has joined her old MTV colleague Kurt Loder among the ranks of the Reason libertarians.  Here she is taking potshots at something called “attachment parenting.”  I’m not entirely sure what attachment parenting is, even after reading the article, except that it’s apparently something practiced by “commies,” which is apparently a term for “killjoys” who don’t like the idea of ingesting petrochemicals and high fructose corn syrup.  I can’t say I have much truck with people who make a religion out of their dietary preferences (religion in the sense of a pedestal upon which to look down on the unwashed unbelievers), but it’s hard to take someone seriously whose idea of rational skepticism is pooh-poohing the legitimate concerns of earnest lefty types just because they’re earnest and lefty.  Kennedy comes off as yet another “libertarian” whose schtick seems designed to validate the liberal caricature of libertarianism.  And her goofy polemic fails even on its own terms.  She mocks vegans for their knee-jerk animus towards Monsanto, while, a few paragraphs later, extolling the virtues of “autonomy” and “success through competition.”  Because nothing embodies such supposed libertarian values quite like Big Agra, with the massive subsidies they soak up and the ever-revolving door between the FDA and their corporate board rooms.  I know I probably shouldn’t expect much from an obnoxious former “VJ,” but she makes it too easy.  It’s like making fun of vegans.

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4 thoughts on “Lifestyle Libertarianism

  1. Kennedy comes off as yet another “libertarian” whose schtick seems designed to validate the liberal caricature of libertarianism.

    I don’t think she could come off any other way. She’s an entertainer, not a savant, and she’s a product of a Reagan/Thatcher era childhood. She took a snapshot of American cultural attitudes in 1984 and fixed her mind there, forever.

    We’re supposed to think such ignorance actually is an enviable, detached form of cool reserve because she’s affiliated with the music business. Jayzus fookin’ croyste, even Paul Craig Roberts has repudiated the values of that era.

    Splitter, that’s what she is. Splitter. Splitter enriched by partsian infotainment.

      • Yeah me too. That’s why I vented! I agree.

        So easy to remember the attitudes of Reagan/Thatcher. I still remember her being talked about as an emblem of how Republicans actually are cool, “because Kennedy is one.” I guess it was early irony, a play on the American cultural icon status of the Kennedy family and their association with the Donkle, and what it meant if her name was Kennedy and she was …no, seriously… a Young Republican VJ on MTV. Kinda like how Andrew Sullivan was first sold to us — “an articulate young Brit who loves Thatcher and Reagan and the Republicans… and is gay!” Dinesh d’Souza… more of the same. Flip the image… Obama.

      • Shit, I forgot–or just didn’t care at the time–that she was the edgy Republican on MTV. Her political orientation hasn’t changed much, then, aside from a new label. She’s basically a socially liberal Republican, which is what most of the Reason staff are.

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