• Fri, Dec 2 2011

‘Pin-Ups For Ron Paul’ Calendar Tries To Use Hot Chicks To Spread Libertarian Ideas

 

What’s a good way to distract people from the underlying stupidity of being a libertarian? If you said “manufacturing test-your-own-food-for-toxins kits in bright, attractive colors,” you are wrong. The answer is boobs. The answer is always boobs.

The “Pin-Ups For Ron Paul” 2012 calendar seeks to spread the libertarian gospel by pairing buxom babes with their fallacy ridden reasons for being libertarians, like: “My work at a community center providing therapy for clients, to improve their interpersonal relationships, led me to see how important it is that interactions between people be voluntary rather than coercive.” I hope that precious community center of hers wasn’t built with any taxpayer dollars! But points for comparing paying your taxes to emotionally scarring coercion, I guess?

The sad thing about these babes is that they’re half right. Less government intrusion into our private lives would certainly be a step in the right direction. Invasive TSA prodecures, dead end drug wars, anti-choice laws, and homophobic ballot measures have got to go. But the notion that any developed society could function without, say, public schools, a clean municipal water supply, or a safety net to keep the least advantaged citizens from dying in the streets like animals is about as foolish as a Pin-Ups Who Have Just Read The Fountainhead And Are Now Paying Back Their Parents For All The Food They Ate As Children calendar.

Then again, Ron Paul’s main demographic seems to be sheltered, nerdy young white guys who annoy everyone by talking way too much in class, so maybe girls in their underwear will be an effective recruitment tactic.

(Via Nerve)

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  • Lindsey

    Why are you generalizing all libertarians so negatively? Really, no party ideal and each has it’s own negative stereotypes that are ugly to perpetuate. Everyone is a person, with his or her own beliefs, and generally not a representation of a party. All Republicans don’t hate gays, for example.

    All of the slide comments are in bad taste, especially number three (when she is most likely talking about religious and sexual freedom). I wonder why you wrote such a bitter article, considering I doubt anyone looks to The Gloss for political commentary.

    • Anita

      I agree with Lindsey, this article reflects a real lack of knowledge. There is a funny story in here, but your treatment of it is one sided, in poor taste and ill conceived.

    • Avodah

      @Lindsey- I agree completely!
      Jamie- What a poorly written, not-clever, boring series of quips you wrote. Not *all* Libertarians think like Ron Paul. Further, many Libertarians simply want to have less regulation over the portions of the financial industry that create businesses and jobs. Securities regulation costs business and customers millions and millions of dollars per year. Further, most Libertarians are looking to have states control more of their laws and regulations than the federal government.

      It comes from the whacky notion that individuals know what is best, rather than the federal government.

      All of this being said, I don’t agree with most of Ron Paul’s policies. It is, however, quite funny that you make fun of him. Given your total inability to research and write anything meaningful you and he have quite a bit in common, hmmm?

  • MM

    Ron Paul is pro-life and opposed the Civil Rights act. I don’t think he even qualifies for the “half right” which you describe.

    • BeccaTheCyborg

      Yeah, considering he’s been buddies with neo-Nazis and opposes abortion in all cases, I’m not seeing the “half-right” either.

  • Eileen

    Posts like this are a great example of everything that’s wrong with politics today: everyone’s so quick to ridicule rather than reason.

    • Lizzie

      wait, so you don’t think the calendar is worthy of ridicule? Is that what you’re implying?

      I think that the real thing that’s wrong with politics is that people get so caught up arguing about vague and all-encompassing idealogies that they lose sight of the actual topic at hand. Case in point: the comments on this article stray from discussing the outrageous contents of slideshow, to bickering (once again) about the definition of “libertarian.”

    • Avodah

      @Eileen and Lizzie- I wish there was a “like” button. Does the calendar deserve to be made fun of ? Probably. Do people like to make huge, sweeping, stupid generalizations about political ideas they know nothing about? Yes.

  • Peyton

    Personally I think every political party has its own issues. For instance I think the Democratic Party often has a bleeding heart tendency that causes it to enable stupid people. Are there people that benefit from welfare? Yes, absolutely. Are there people that take massive advantage of it? Yes, absolutely. Furthermore Ron Paul in no way represents Libertarians as a population. He’s pro-life, yes many Libertarians are. However the vast majority of those I’ve spoken too are fine with fetus-killing they just don’t like the government funding it. The basic Libertarian doctrine (here in Indiana at least) just states that the government should represent all tax payers, compromise should be made in congress not in parties, and state government should be more powerful than federal. Any faults in the party are caused by individuals not by the basic philosophy.
    Its awful that anyone should openly bash a party’s beliefs. People are freaking terrible to each other.

  • Brad Mitchell

    I’m not at all sure that politics belong on fashion blogs. In fact, I expressly came here to make a visible comment that I do NOT approve of the politicization of this blog. My voice and clicks are one in a sea of billions, but I have only it to give. Regardless of your personal politics or my own, this post should not have been.

    • Jamie Peck

      Um, have you ever read this blog? We were hired, in part, because we have opinions, some of which pertain to politics. Each time someone writes something pro-woman, feminist, anti-racist, anti-fatphobic, anti-slut-shaming, pro-sex-worker, etc, on here…that is political. Go read cocoperez if you want fashion coverage free of political opinions.