Why Are Libertarians Mostly Men?

Every so often, people opine on the question of why libertarians are mostly men (Jeet Heer, Kevin Drum, Brink Lindsey). As someone more interested in the philosophical debate, not the sociological debate, I generally stay out of these discussions.

However, if I had to speculate, I’d say that the reason libertarians are mostly men is that men are not as good as women at logical reasoning. This is not to say all men are not as good at logical reasoning as all women. It’s just to say that the logical-reasoning bell curve for men is to the left of the logical-reasoning bell curve for women. This means that there simply are more men in the bottom 10% of ability to logically reason, which accounts for their overrepresentation in libertarianism, a philosophy that is internally incoherent and operates mainly through tautology and begging the question on entitlement.

  • @nsmartinworld

    This reminds me of Nick Lowe’s lyric. “All men are liars, and that’s the truth.”

  • @nsmartinworld

    Surely the tests are biased so that men score less well on empathy. Maybe it’s because they are mostly raised by moms and female educators who share less empathy with male than with female children. Perhaps females groom males to take on the more dangerous jobs and the soldiering since females are mostly absent from both of those things. Did I leave something out?

  • @nsmartinworld

    Amusing irony. You are agreeing with a writer who speculates women are more logical by saying that proof is no more valuable than anecdote. So much for logic.

  • @nsmartinworld

    Researchers have found two things. First, libertarians tend to be at the top in terms of political knowledge. Second, women tend to be at the bottom. That is why there are few female libertarians.

    Study: Wide Political Knowledge Gap Exists Between Men and Women
    http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2013/07/02/study-wide-political-knowledge-gap-exists-between-men-and-women

    BTW, in a new poll, Gallup has found that for the first time more Americans self-identify as libertarian than as conservative, liberal, or populist.

  • @nsmartinworld

    I’ve got a proposal for you. Let’s trade incomes this year. Let’s see how willing you are to give others what you feel you’ve earned.

  • @nsmartinworld

    Maybe women are at a disadvantage in the market because the social networks they think they value are no damned good after all. Or maybe because they think they are so weak and dependent that they need social networks.

  • @nsmartinworld

    An immediate fail because libertarians are overwhelmingly not associated with the useless Libertarian Party. It helps to know about the world before bloviating about it.

  • Josh Rendell

    then maybe you shouldn’t be using the name .libertarian, moron

  • @nsmartinworld

    God, he thinks it’s a brand name.

  • Josh Rendell

    that’s why they are the lunatic fringe

  • @nsmartinworld

    Cries for help. But I can’t help you because a) I’m a man, so I lack empathy, and b) I’m a libertarian so I’m greedy, privileged, and coldhearted.

  • Josh Rendell

    no, because you live in a place that believes in unicorns and trolls living
    under a bridge, your political fantasies are pure escapism

  • Josh Rendell

    you morons are too funny, you have no idea how idiotic you are

  • Josh Rendell

    go ahead, idiot, give one successful libertarian society in history
    you whiners are just too funny

  • @nsmartinworld

    Reading Breunig’s tripe it dawned on me that most of the self-identified libertarians who I follow on Twitter are female, and that ain’t for the short skirts.

  • @nsmartinworld

    Or, as Camille Paglia put it, “If civilization had been left in female hands we would still be living in grass huts.”

  • @nsmartinworld

    Odd and impatient. That describes many of the highest achieving people to a T.

  • @nsmartinworld

    That doesn’t even vaguely comport with what libertarians believe, but it makes for an pseudo-hallucinagenic facsimile. It’s as close as you are likely to get.

  • Funny…I hear those things all the time from libertarians. Or are we now hearing the No True Libertarian trope?

  • @nsmartinworld

    It’s the “Neil doesn’t know what he’s talking about” trope.

  • Aaaand there we have “ad hominem.” I’m curious how many logical fallacies you can hit.

  • And you’re not a comedian?

  • @nsmartinworld

    All these comments about what libertarians believe and not one person has quoted a libertarian writer. I know I’m foolishly rational compared to the empathic sweethearts herein, but before I rant on about a belief system, I read books by some of its exponents. But then I value knowledge over guessing.

  • @nsmartinworld

    By “they” you mean people who are incapable of consistent thinking. It’s a damned good thing that there are consistent thinkers, to design the computer on which you hammer out your drivel, the car your drive, and a few other things. I’ll bet you expect GPS to do what you want it to, accurate as that system is to 30 nanoseconds

  • Thanks for that prediction about my expectations. Consistency is nice but, like cookies, it’s not appropriate for all situations.