I don't think of Libertarians as selfish at all - any more than I think that I'd like to be able to live as I choose without interfering in others lives & having them live with the same goals in mind. Those that think Libertarians are selfish are actually stating that it is their belief that you owe them your property & the fruits of your labors, that they believe they are entitled to them. If they can't convince you to give those things to them voluntarily by begging, they turn to "newspeak" & guilt trips... & if that doesn't work, they then gather in enough numbers, mis-educated by the same system they advocate, & then twist the gov't's arm to twist yours into giving it to them anyway. Meanwhile, they've made a deal with the proverbial Devil which perpetuates the same conditions which they've now been accustomed to depend upon & the cycle perpetuates itself.
Gov't provides nothing that it hasn't stolen from others, & in the process, feeds itself a huge "cut", just like the Mob. Except that the Mob has relatively higher standards of morals & a code of honor when compared with the gov't & only takes 10%! When I hear people say that the gov't spends like a drunken sailor, I think they owe a huge apology to the drunken sailors! The lack of personal responsibility & accountability is one of the fundamental problems our system faces today, both in gov't & in society.
Gwendolyn M. Jones, Sec'y.
Sussex Co. & DE State Libertarian Party
2009 candidate for Sen.19th district
PS - I don't believe that those like Smug Liberal & brown950 are either thinking with any more IQ points than their shoe size, or rubbing their brain cells together hard enough to light the necessary spark of intelligence. Ahhh, gov't schools, gotta love 'em! Well, hopefully they'll remember the saying, "Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open." if & when they visit the link below. Hope springs eternal for their eventual enlightenment...