I must thank a friend of mine for making this post possible because my discourse with her is what motivated it. By now, most everyone has heard of the bruhaha over Rand Paul's interview with Rachel Maddow over the 1964 Civil Rights Act. I do not want to rehash the interview, so I will just show it here.
According to some critics, including one prominent ex-Marxist, all of this means nothing because the libertarians have no chance of taking up the Civil Rights Act anyway. To others, it merely illustrates that Rand Paul is inarticulate, and really not as threatening as a liberal with cruise missiles or a moderate president (an issue worth a post on another day). After all, the libertarians want to dismantle the war on drugs, which disproportionately targets African Americans.* And of course there are those defenders who will claim that the criticism is reductionist because Paul and the libertarians are not racist, just believers in the principle of the private ownership of property.