I’ve noticed recently a particular debate become more frequent within the libertarian community. And as I’ve watched it unfold, it’s obvious that the topic is a rather divisive one, creating much conflict even between groups of liberty friends that generally agree with each other.
A mere YouTube video posted in a libertarian Facebook group initiated a day of arguing and hundreds of comments, and ultimately the post had to be deleted.
And a bus ride back from ISFLC managed to host a four-hour, bitter debate that began with a simple comment about opening doors for women.
Needless to say, it was headache inducing and libertarians can be incredibly rowdy when discussing what’s right for libertarianism.
At face value, feminism and libertarianism seem to share some common ground. Feminism claims to fight for equality and correct injustices created and enforced by the state, i.e., women not being allowed to vote or possess property.What state-hating libertarian wouldn’t approve of this?
But it becomes apparent upon further inspection that while feminism wants to undo some state injustices, at least some types of feminism are perfectly fine with the continued existence of others. Not only that, but some feminists go one one step further and seek to use the state to impose their ideology upon others through the growth of government. That certainly doesn’t sound like non-aggression to me. With such an illustrious track record, how can this ideology be a part of liberty?