I don’t know if it’s a sign that I’m getting old, or if it’s a symptom of the
awesome terrifying age of hyper-sexualisation we live in – but, man! MILFs just aren’t what they used to be.
It used to be if you were searching for “milfs” on the internet (as opposed to searching for them in supermarkets or garden centers, say), you’d be getting late-thirties at an absolute minimum. Mid to late-forties most of the time was a given. Fifties was a bit more of a rarity, and beyond that you were moving into quite specialist territory. The point is, you pretty much knew what you were getting.
But now? You’re lucky if you can find women out of their twenties. “Mature” now means “25-ish”. And if you’re into men things are even worse. These days a DILF is just anyone with a moustache. It’s all incredibly frustrating, to be sure. But, whether we like it or not, that’s just the way things are these days. Which brings us to libertarianism.
As with the term MILF, in recent years there has been an explosion in use of the word ‘libertarian’. Where the word denotes the thing this is excellent, naturally. But this is not always the case. There are “libertarian” neoconservatives, for example.
How to explain this? A good place to start, surely, is the fact that ‘libertarian’ is just such a cool word. It sounds edgy, young, radical. It sounds hardcore. Would-be political entrepreneurs eager to stand out from the crowd love that sort of thing. ‘Conservative’, by contrast, sounds boring and old-fashioned – much better to be libertarian. Another factor is the well-known torturing of the word ‘liberal’ into becoming a synonym for ‘non-Marxian State socialist’. People who would best be described as (classically) liberal – and who would so describe themselves – now call themselves libertarians for, ironically, the sake of clarity. This is all incredibly frustrating, to be sure. But, whether we like it or not, that’s just the way things are these days.
Quite possibly, if the current trends continue, a few decades hence the word ‘libertarian’ will have been so corrupted as to be entirely useless. There will still be libertarians, of course, but we will be heavily outnumbered by “libertarians”.
Might it be a good idea to gradually phase out ‘libertarianism’ in favour of more descriptive epithets? Personally, I much prefer the term ‘market anarchism’ anyway. And, as someone who is opposed to politics per se, ‘voluntaryism’ is just fine by me. The advantage of these terms is obvious: a Statist might call themselves a libertarian without knowing any better, but what supporter of government would dare call themselves an anarchist? For political libertarians, ‘minarchism’ seems a perfectly good descriptor. (Or how about “nightwatchman-state-ists”?) To my mind, more, as it were, immediately descriptive terms such as these seem far less open to abuse.
As for the problem of alleged MILFs though, I’m sorry. I haven’t the first clue what to do about that.