Conservative authoress Ann Coulter and noted libertarian John Stossel on Thursday battled over the differences between social conservatism and libertarianism.

At one point during the discussion, Stossel asked Coulter for her take on the drug war.

“Libertarians and pot,” she laughed. “This is why people think libertarians are pu**ies.”

She explained:

We’re living in a country that is 70-percent socialist, the government takes 60 percent of your money. They are taking care of your health care, of your pensions. They’re telling you who you can hire, what the regulations will be. And you want to suck up to your little liberal friends and say, “Oh, but we want to legalize pot.”

“You know,” she added, “if you’re a little more manly you would tell them what your position on employment discrimination is. How about that? But it’s always ‘We want to legalize pot.’”

But you didn’t really think libertarians were going to let Coulter go unchallenged, did you?

Enter Reason’s Nick Gillespie [yeah, yeah, we redacted some words]…:

I enjoy Ann Coulter’s rants, perhaps especially when she is trying to antagonize libertarians … Oddly, La Coulter’s slagging is occasioned not by libertarians’ non-interventionist chops but by…our stance on the drug war.

[…]

Coulter has a long history of impugning the manhood of real and imagined ideological opponents. Shortly after the 9/11 attacks, National Review stopped carrying her column after she advocated the deportation of all Arabic aliens in America and more; she responded by calling the NRO crew “girly-boys.”

It may not have the rhetorical power of “I’m Spartacus!” but I’m happy to declare “I’m a pu**y!” That is, if being in favor of pot legalization, a restrained foreign policy, marriage equality, non-mandatory health care, voluntary association in the workplace, open borders, and other libertarian positions means being a pu**y.

And you, gentle readers of whatever sex and whatever disposition: Are you pu**ies, too? Here’s hoping.

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