The Dim-Post

September 24, 2009


Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 8:58 pm

Smith for thee but Marx for me

The US political blogger John Cole has set up a blog dictionary of his in-jokes and neologisms. Some are amusing, many are US-centric, but I particularly like this one:

Glibertarian—a portmanteau of glib and libertarian, a person who affects libertarianism when it’s convenient. Used by those not ready to admit that all libertarian philosophy can be boiled down to “I got mine, fuck you”.

You really can’t go past Sir Roger Douglas as the poster-child for glibertarinism:  staunch opponent of wasting taxpayer money on rorts or handouts unless the handout involves the public paying for his holidays to Europe or publishing a book of his speeches and giving it away for free.

To be fair to the Libertarianz, they’re true to their principles – even if those principles are crazy – so I don’t think this label applies to them but it’s the perfect way to describe ACT’s weird blend of self-entitled pro-oligarchy populism.


  1. So you say there’s a race
    Of men in the trees
    You’re for tough legislation
    Thanks for calling
    I wait all night for calls like these

    Comment by Neil — September 24, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

  2. I see far worse crimes against politics on his tie. Is that lipstick, or squids, or flowers?

    Comment by George Darroch — September 25, 2009 @ 2:11 am

  3. good old roger. so dedicated to reducing the size of the public purse, that’s he’s been helping out for 20 years.

    Comment by Che Tibby — September 25, 2009 @ 8:17 am

  4. Yes to all of that.

    Comment by Michael Stevens — September 25, 2009 @ 9:43 am

  5. A bit like the Labour govt – the champions of the little man – buying a fleet of new BMW limos to be driven around in.

    Comment by radar — September 25, 2009 @ 9:55 am

  6. Squid, I think, George. Maybe he went to see the Colossal Squid and Te Papa and bought it in the gift shop?

    Comment by Eddie Clark — September 25, 2009 @ 9:56 am

  7. “The tree of gliberty must be refreshed from time to time
    with the blood of pensioners & beneficaries.
    It is its natural manure.”

    Comment by Adhominem — September 25, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

  8. Radar, you mean the heavily discounted and with a lower running and maintenance cost than the aussie shitboxes they replaced BMWs? ffs why does left or right have to defined by something as irrelevent as consumer choice? Espeically when that choice was a smart one (made by internal affairs after a tender process). Wingnut fail.

    Comment by Chris — September 25, 2009 @ 12:17 pm

  9. Love it! But ACT are actually WORSE than that: there is noting in libertarian or even glibertarian thinking that would be in favour of mega cities and ride-roughshot motorway extentions.

    Comment by Clunking Fist — September 25, 2009 @ 3:33 pm

  10. First time to visit here and first thing I see are all the petty people jumping on the rather unimaginative bandwagon of attacking Sir Roger. There is a difference between rorts and just rewards. Sir Roger’s are just rewards for service to his country in a way not many in parliament have been able to do. I do not agree with everything he promotes but I appreciate how he turned the country around onto approximately the right track which subsequent governments have not unduely diverged from since … so he had it right and deserves his rewards.

    Comment by jcuknz — September 25, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  11. @jcukn: Yeah, so preaching that everyone in the public service should be fired/pay cut/rationalised whatever then eating the whole trough himself doesn’t bother you? He’s entitled to his contractual rewards just like everyone else who is entitled to contractual rewards. He’s not entitled to act like a senile and hypocritical old c*nt whilst claiming those rewards.

    As Danyl said, “smith for thee, marx for me”

    Comment by somewhatthoughtful — September 26, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

  12. One swallow doesn’t make a summer and likewise trimming some fat off the public service is just one part of his platform. I can sympathise with your fear of redundancy because that is how I ended my working life prematurely. I lost about 20% of the pension I was working towards becuase of his policies.

    Comment by jcuknz — September 27, 2009 @ 7:30 am

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