From The Onion:
Libertarian Reluctantly Calls Fire Department
CHEYENNE, WY - After attempting to contain a living-room blaze started by a cigarette, card-carrying Libertarian Trent Jacobs reluctantly called the Cheyenne Fire Department Monday. "Although the community would do better to rely on an efficient, free-market fire-fighting service, the fact is that expensive, unnecessary public fire departments do exist," Jacobs said. "Also, my house was burning down." Jacobs did not offer to pay firefighters for their service.
OK, you got us. As a card carrying Libertarian myself, I'll concede the humor at our expense. Sometimes some of our people go overboard with taking the abstract intellectual principles of liberty and pushing them to a point of silliness. From time to time, we'll get people going on about privatizing the sidewalks and such. Occasionally some of our people get sidetracked with long considerations of the exact perfect way to handle societal minutiae when we've got bigger fish to fry. Fair criticism.
Let me say just a couple of things in our defense, though. For starters, I would not expect to pay firefighters again out of pocket as this little article implied we should. We already pay taxes, just like anyone else. Even if we think most things the government does should be privatized, they're not, and that's the system we're working in.
More important, this severe aversion to using government services may look a tad silly, but wouldn't the whole society be FAR better off if everyone was similarly reluctant to leech off of taxpayers?