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Entry from December 20, 2012
“A libertarian is a Republican who smokes pot”

"A libertarian is a Republican/Conservative who smokes pot” is a frequently told political joke. American anarchist writer Bob Black spoke in 1984 on “The Libertarian as Conservative,” saying:

“A libertarian is just a Republican who takes drugs.”

“A libertarian is a republican who smokes pot” was cited in print in 1998 and is probably the most popular form of the saying.


Wikiquote: Libertarian
I am hard put to find something to say to people who still think libertarianism has something to do with liberty. A libertarian is just a Republican who takes drugs.
. Bob Black, in “The Libertarian as Conservative” (1984), published in The Abolition of Work and Other Essays (1986)

Bob Black—The Abolition of Work and Other Essays
THE LIBERTARIAN AS CONSERVATIVE
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 1984
(A shorter, different version of this article was delivered as an address at the fourth annual convocation of the Eris Society in Aspen, Colorado in August 1984.)
I agreed to come here today to speak on some such subject as “The Libertarian as Conservative.” To me this is so obvious that I am hard put to find something to say to people who still think libertarianism has something to do with liberty. A libertarian is just a Republican who takes drugs.

Google Groups: alt.angst
Gil G Silberman
8/28/96
(...)
You know the old wisdom:
A republican is a democrat who got mugged.
A democrat is a republican who lost her job.
A libertarian is a republican who got out of bed one day, didn’t like what he saw, and went on a ten month pot rampage.

Google Goups: seattle.general
defnition of a libertarian
Max Masters
4/9/98
a libertarian is a republican who smokes pot.

4 November 1998, Boston (MA) Herald, “The ghost of the Duke gave Argeo a good scare‎” by Howie Carr, pg. 4:
As an astute observer once put it, “A Libertarian is just a Republican who smokes pot.”

12 March 2000, Minneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune, “Laugh riot”:
“Tim calls himself a Libertarian. That’s just a Republican who smokes pot,” Durst cracked.

Jamie’s Journal
Libertarian: A Conservative Who Smokes Pot
Jan. 22nd, 2009 at 3:30 PM

Steam Powered Opinions
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2010
A Libertarian is Just a Republican Who Smokes Pot
Roy Edroso,
...the blog at Reason, where consumers who have some lingering doubts about going full wingnut can get their talking points in the “libertarian” flavor. In advertising, they call this a niche market.
Posted by T.R. Donoghue at 1:19 PM

The Daily Beast
Pot and the GOP
By Eve Conant
Oct 25, 2010 8:00 AM EDT
Is the party of ‘Just Say No’ morphing into the party of ‘Just Say Grow’?
(...)
A popular joke has it that “a libertarian is a Republican who smokes pot.” That may or may not extend to the Tea Party, which is made up of several different conservative strands and includes many people, especially social conservatives, who would oppose legalization.

Reason.com—Hit & Run Blog
Ask a Libertarian: Am I just a Republican who smokes pot?
Nick Gillespie|Jun. 15, 2011 4:28 pm

United Liberty
Land-use policy needs to rely on markets
Thu, 12/13/2012 - 12:14pm | posted by United Liberty Guest
Michael Hamilton is a libertarian writer living in Washington, D.C. His main interests are economics, drug legalization, immigration, and land-use policy.
It’s common to hear libertarians pejoratively referred to as “Republicans who smoke pot,” the idea being that libertarians don’t really favor freedom in areas where it would lead to outcomes they do not like. For the most part this is false.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityGovernment/Law/Politics/Military • Thursday, December 20, 2012 • Permalink