Profiles in Anti-Libertarianism: Gary Johnson

Given the unprecedented weakness of the opposition, this election was a golden opportunity for the party. But they blew it by nominating a candidate who has no use for the principles the party supposedly stands for. This time I’m not talking about Donald Trump, but the authoritarian liberal Gary Johnson, who wants Big Government to confiscate more of our money in order to save us from the climate:

“I do believe that climate change is occurring. I do believe that it is man-caused,” Johnson said.

To address climate change, Johnson said he believes “that there can be and is a free-market approach to climate change.”

That would include a fee — not a tax, he said — placed on carbon. Such a fee would make pollutants bear a market cost.

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What is the difference between a fee and a tax? A fee is what you call a tax when you are talking to an Alaska newspaper, as above. When talking to the Los Angeles Times, it is safe to call a tax a tax:

“I’m open also to the notion of a carbon tax. … I’m not looking at this as a revenue generator, as much as there are costs associated with, there are health and safety issues with carbon.”

Carbon — a.k.a. carbon dioxide — is generated by literally all productive human activity. Plants convert it into the oxygen we breathe. Yet moonbats want to punish us for producing it.

As for the “health and safety issues,” there are literally none. There is only the ideological issue. The farther out you go on the authoritarian left, the more greedy parasites you will find who wield the discredited dogma of anthropogenic global warming like a highway robber’s shillelagh.

According to Johnson, imposing punitive taxes on productivity is a “free market approach.” This drug-addled statist wouldn’t know a free market if it crawled into his bong.

The closest Johnson has come to sincerity recently was when he proclaimed that he agrees with the neo-Marxist Bernie Sanders 73% of the time. On the spectrum of freedom, he is closer to Kim Jong-un than he is to a libertarian.

Flying high, but only in his mind.

Hat tips: Mises Wire, New Americana. Cross-posted at Moonbattery.

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