In response to remarks on “privilege” by self-described “left libertarians”, Jeff Peterson, II and Matt Tanous dissect the nonsense underlying the “check your privilege” attitude thrown down by these people. The basic definition is, itself, a problem:
“…how is it that privilege is the problem? I thought the problem was that some people are oppressed, not that some people aren’t.“
—Jeff Peterson II and Matt Tanous, Something Something “Privilege”. | We the Individuals, taken out of the longer essay “Left-Libertarianism, A Love Story” and enhanced.
Look close enough and you’ll find envy underlying any “leftist” perspective—and I despise the left-right paradigm as hopelessly flawed on many levels. Whether it’s the lexicon of the Marxist or the newer phrases like “privilege”, “micro-agressions”, and the like, it’s about envy. And, it’s about rigging the analysis of how to draw the lines between oppressor and oppressed to tilt everything towards the result they want.
“This quickly devolves into the “Oppression Olympics” with a whole bunch of “intersectional” activists fighting over who is most oppressed.“
Engaging these people in arguments leads to the inevitable accusation that you’re blinded by your own privilege to see evidence of your oppression, for which they employ a wonderful term from Wendy McElroy, “kafkatrapping”, which
“[d]escribes a logical fallacy that is popular within gender feminism, racial politics and other ideologies of victimhood. It occurs when you are accused of a thought crime such as sexism, racism or homophobia. You respond with an honest denial, which is then used as further confirmation of your guilt. You are now trapped in a circular and unfalsifiable argument; no one who is accused can be innocent because the structure of kafkatrapping precludes that possibility.”
Finally, they hit on a core problem of the “left libertarian” argument:
“The great presumption that some sort of belief in a particular ideal social organization is somehow “libertarian” is absurd. And that’s the root of the issue we have here.
I view those who dub themselves “left-libertarian” as charlatans or fools. Using some libertarian phrases is just a sham so that the likes of Noam Chomsky can deny association with big state collectivism and sucker the naïve away from actual individualist sources.
Nobody who understands the concepts and who has a basic knowledge of history would ever mix “left” with individualism. On the question of do you own your life?, the “leftist” will never give an unqualified “yes” and the individualist, by definition, must do so. The “left libertarians” simply play with words in an attempt to avoid being cornered on that basic question, when all that is necessary is to understand what “left” means, again, considering how the one-dimensional metric is inherently flawed and perverse to describe political ideas.