Do libertarians have a sense of humor?
That’s a relevant question because many people think of us as unhappy curmudgeons, or perhaps as dorky Randians.
While I think those stereotypes are unfair, I also confess that I can only think of a few examples of explicitly pro-libertarian humor.
Libertarian Jesus scolding modern statists.
Since I could only find three examples, does this mean libertarians are hopelessly dour and lacking in humor?
I think the answer is “no” and I think there are two reasons to justify that response. First, libertarians are always making fun of oafish and moronic government. I like to think, for instance, that my UK-vs-US government stupidity contest contains some amusing satire.
Skeptics may respond that you can mock big government without being a libertarian, and that’s a fair point.
But this gives me an opportunity to list the second reason why it’s wrong to accuse libertarians of lacking a sense of humor. Simply stated, we have the ability to appreciate anti-libertarian humor. This not only shows that we have funny bones, but it also demonstrates that we have considerable confidence about the strength of our ideas.
So with that build-up, here’s an example of anti-libertarian humor I received from a fellow traveler in Illinois.
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