what is a vulgar libertarian & why is rockwell one?
Vulgar libertarians are basically libertarians who make everyone–including other libertarians–not want to be or associate with libertarians. They’re exactly how they sound: obnoxious, condescending, elitist (and basically every other annoying trait libertarians are stereotyped as having) apologists for all sorts of immoral societal phenomenon, who bastardize the rhetoric of free markets in trying to justify a whole host of repulsive societal phenomena (see: ‘the poor deserve to be poor’).
The primary culprits are those who have just begun to identify as 'libertarian’, but who aren’t yet comfortable with how they 'should’ view certain issues (as they now feel that they have to defend anything that *looks* like the result of a free market), like corporate corruption (ex: the housing bubble, in which many banks committed *fraud* in order to qualify people for loans). Fortunately, most grow out of it. Unfortunately, some just grow old and write widely-read blogs . The fact that most of the vulgar libertarians I know are white and male doesn’t help for PR, either.
Aside from being elitist and condescending as hell (not to mention having likely been responsible for the racist Ron Paul newsletters), Rockwell is a vulgar libertarian because he goes to great lengths to be an apologist for corporate corruption and negligence.
EDIT: Benjamin B. Powell apparently wrote the newsletters (thanks Conza). Rockwell still has openly racist idiots write for his blog and is a vulgar libertarian for corporate apologetics. The racism is just one of the reasons I don’t like him, not necessarily why he’s a vulgar libertarian.