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Austin Cline

Young Americans For Liberty & Against Sex Toys

By February 20, 2013

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At North Carolina University, the Union Activities Board (UAB) purchased $300 worth of sex toys to use as prizes for a "Dirty Bingo." Members of the group Young Americans for Liberty has complained that student funds shouldn't be used for such an outrageous event.

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This group was originally formed to support former Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) 2008 presidential campaign, which means that this is supposed to be a "libertarian" organization. It's not very "libertarian" to complain about "screwing around" and saying that buying sex toys shows a lack of "integrity."

In a letter posted to Facebook, UAB President Lauryn A. Collier explained that $304.69 has been spent on "a few edible undergarments, Fifty Shades of Grey book and game, six vibrators, four surprise packs, three dildos, a toy cleaner, lube, a sex game, a sex position book, an anal plug and a booty booster."

"The purpose of this event is to find an innovative and entertaining way to talk about sex and sex education, particularly on a college campus, which deviates the norm and expected," she wrote. "The certified educators plan to use some of the purchased items (those that are appropriate) to demonstrate safe and healthy sex practices. The programmers of this event wanted to include some 'gag' or non-educational prizes to add to the humorous and 'dirty' themed event."

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Some of those complaining are pretending to focus on the money. The problem with that, though, is the fact that very little money has been spent on the sex toys and, what's more, there will always be funds spent on events that this or that student won't like. So merely spending a little money on something that someone doesn't like just isn't very relevant.

No, it's the sex that's the really relevant issue here. And libertarians are complaining because in America today, libertarianism is more about right-wing politics than it is about liberty. That's why libertarians compete in the Republican Party for votes from conservative Christians, not in the Democratic Party.

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February 21, 2013 at 9:31 am
(1) deegee says:

I have taken that “World’s Smallest Political Quiz” shown at a Libertarian website (and on small business cards about 20 years ago before the Internet was widespread). I scored 60-60 which means I have some Libertarian tendencies (100-100 is the highest Lib’n score).

But a Libertarian is someone who is fiscally convervative AND socially liberal. But for some strange reason the “socially liberal” part is always forgotten when it comes to an alliance between the Republicans and Lib’ns. I could never, even vote for Ron Paul, for example, because he is (was) basically a conservative Republican on far too many social issues.

February 24, 2013 at 3:53 pm
(2) Austin Cline says:

But a Libertarian is someone who is fiscally convervative AND socially liberal. But for some strange reason the “socially liberal” part is always forgotten when it comes to an alliance between the Republicans and Lib’ns.

That’s because it’s incredibly difficult, and probably impossible, to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal.

The reason is that to maintain “fiscally conservative,” you have to be willing to refuse enact policies or taxes to protect the “socially liberal.” This results in a “social liberalism” that exists in formal rules (at best), but not in fact or reality.

February 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm
(3) David says:

“At North Carolina University,”

You mean North Carolina _State_ University?

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