There is a cranks' corner of online libertarianism from which I dissociate myself utterly, a skin-crawling, tinfoil-hat and often borderline-deranged cabal of those who advocate violence and armed insurrection to achieve political change. The reality of this seditious and abhorrent internet abuse is the horror of Norway this morning. The killer is reported as having a known online presence and for protesting vociferously about Islamism, immigration and multikulti, a right-wing freak in the mould of Timothy McVeigh. There is no choice of tables on the web, and thus we all in some way share a platform with these people, but let me at least address the most repugnant advocates of death and harm to our fellow man.
The pope is not a twelve-foot lizard. Localism is not a conspiracy by the EU to take over the world. Don't quote American revolutionaries from 1776 at me like a parrot as though it's an unarguable justification for violence. And never, ever try to convince me that bloodshed and the extinction of human lives for the sake of your twisted and perverse world view is justified. You are not my equal, nor my peer. Your views render you beyond the pale of civilised discourse. Any distorted ideology that needs blood and slaughter to triumph is inherently evil and to be shunned like a rabid dog.
Democracy is a shield, not a sword.